SELDI Partners from Montenegro
Center for Democratic Transition, Montenegro, Non-governmental organisation
Postal address: VII Omladinske bb., Montenegro
CDT is one of the most prominent NGOs in Montenegro, and is actively involved in various regional and international CSO networks and joint advocacy initiatives which opened channels of communication and cooperation both with different CSOs and state institutions aiming at higher involvement of civil sector in creation of state policies.
CDT has a Research Center, which has been established as support for those CDT project activities requiring scientifically and methodologically based research and expert analysis. The Center works on projects and researching teams are created ad hoc depending on the nature of the project. In its network, the CDT has a great number of highly skilled personnel, capable of conducting demanding researches and analyses.
One of the most important CDT programmes is dealing with political corruption, through monitoring and analysis of financing of political parties. In previous years CDT monitored political parties financing and promoted legislative changes, which resulted in adoption of the new Law on Financing Political Parties in 2011, in the drafting of which CDT also took part.
CDT is implementing many projects aimed on improvement of transparency and accountability of public institutions on national and local level, and better communication between government and citizens.
Institute Alternative, Montenegro, Nongovernmental organisation (association)
Postal address: Đoka Miraševića, “Kroling”, 3/3, Montenegro
Institute Alternative is a non-governmental organization, established in September 2007 by a group of citizens with experience in the civil society, public administration and business sector. Its mission is to strengthen the democratic processes in Montenegro by identifying and analyzing public policy options. Its strategic aims are to: increase the quality of development of public policies, contribute to the development of democracy and the rule of law, as well as to the protection of human rights in Montenegro.
The Institute Alternative (IA) is strongly involved in the European integration process - its representative is a member of the negotiating team on Chapter 23 of the Acquis – Judiciary and Fundamental Rights. IA is participating as partner in the EU-funded project, “Strengthening the civil society capacity to contribute to EU integration and the accession process”, which objectives are to strengthen Montenegrin administrative and civil society capacity to contribute to the EU accession process, supporting streamlined legislation and administrative practices, as well as improving the quality of services delivered by Montenegrin CSOs. Institute Alternative is a member of several NGO coalitions, e.g. the EUROBLOK coalition, which is a partnership of three NGOs (IA, Monitoring Centre and European Movement in Montenegro), engaged in several projects dealing with monitoring the implementation of the National Programme for Integration into the EU. Also, IA is a member of the Network of NGOs for Human Rights and Democracy, which has signed a memorandum on cooperation with the Parliament of Montenegro. IA is also participating in the inception phase of creating a network of NGOs that will be monitoring the process of accession negotiations with the EU. Institute Alternative has initiated and implemented two public opinion surveys, one in 2010 and the other in 2012 (ongoing), regarding the aspects of financial control and integrity in using public funds.
The Network for Affirmation of the NGO Sector - MANS
Postal address: Dalmatinska 188, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro
MANS is leading anti-corruption advocate in Montenegro with multi-year experience in fight against corruption and organized crime in several areas including election process, privatisation, public procurement, spatial planning and energy sector. This is done both through investigating concrete cases of corruption and org crime and demanding concrete action from responsible institutions, bit also through monitoring and analysing relevant legislation, development of policies and advocating for their adoption and promotion. MANS is also strongly grass-rooted organisation with significant public support in our work, including citizens and other stakeholders directly in our activities through petition signing, consultations and other forms of public mobilisation.
The Challenge of Corruption
Montenegro has ratified the key anti-corruption conventions, including the Council of Europe Criminal and Civil Law Conventions on corruption, the Additional Protocol to the Criminal Law Convention and the Council of Europe Conventions on laundering, search, seizure and confiscation of the proceeds from crime and on the financing of terrorism. Montenegro also acceded to the United Nations Convention against corruption. Montenegro is a member of GRECO, the Group of States against corruption. Montenegro has made additional efforts to further strengthen its anti-corruption legal framework, with a view to ensuring alignment with the relevant European and international standards. Legislative improvements in recent years include new Criminal Procedure Code, the Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest, Public Procurement Law, Law on Internal Financial Control, Law on Financing of Political Parties, Law on Civil Servants and State Employees, Law on Free Access to Information, amendments to the Criminal Code, the Labor Law etc. A stand-alone parliamentary committee on anti-corruption matters, chaired by opposition MPs, has been set up.
A Strategy for fighting corruption and organized crime was adopted in 2005. A mechanism to monitor implementation (the National Commission) was put in place in 2007. A new improved Strategy and Action Plan for the period 2010-2014 have been adopted. On 2011 Government adopted a revised 2011-2012 Action Plan, comprising a number of new measures and improved indicators. Preparations are ongoing for the adoption of the Action plan for the period 2013-2014. The sessions of the National Commission became fully open to the public in June 2011. The Action Plan for Chapter 23 (Judiciary and Fundamental Rights) is supposed to be adopted by the Government in the second quarter of 2013.