English Summary

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DOSSIER – Conflicts of interest

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WHY DO THE LAWS NOT APPLY TO THE BUSINESSMEN CLOSE TO PRIME MINISTER DJUKANOVIC?
If you are in power, others get a bit of power too

Are there any privileged companies and businessmen in Montenegro? Those exempt from taxes and contributions, duties, excises, those who do not have to respect the laws and contracts, companies that are not obliged to operate in line with court decisions  …  The examples are the Aluminum Plant, the Coal Mine in Pljevlja, the Steel Mill in Nikšić, the Port of Bar, First Bank … they are the proof that the “state interest” is often more important than the law, justice and economic logics. more >>>

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CRIME AND POLITICS
Who is ruling Montenegro?

Nebojsa MedojevicThere has been two months since the opposition leaders Andrija Mandić and Nebojša Medojević have publicly stated the names of five people “who make a key connection between the government and organized crime“ in Montenegro. On the top of the pyramid they placed Branislav Brano Mićunović from Nikšić who is, as they say, “in this connection between the organized crime and government obviously superior” to the Prime Minister Milo Đukanović, a second-ranked on this list. They are followed by: Aco Đukanović, Stanko Subotić Cane and Darko Šarić. more >>>

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DOSSIER – Abuse of state power

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THE STATE AND UNSUCCESSFUL INVESTORS FROM THE EAST

The cost of fraud

The only thing left after the sweet promises are empty factory halls, bare fields and unclosed construction sites. Since the Government transformed the disregard of sales contracts into acceptable behavior they are now trying to minimize the damage by using citizens’ money.  more >>>

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HOW THE GOVERNMENT AND PREFERENTIAL INVESTORS DESTROYED THE ALUMINUM INDUSTRY

Agony in installments

While the workers of KAP are preparing for the “labor pool”, miners have been in the pit for more than 20 days trying to fight for the rights guaranteed by the law and the Collective Agreement. Also, Montenegro is the only country in the Balkans that does not have a factory for processing of aluminum. more >>>

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ECONOMIC CRISIS AND MISUSE OF STATE AID – THE CASE OF FIRST BANK

The unbearable lightness of doing business

bankThe case of “Prva banka” (First Bank) is a typical product of Montenegrin transition where one person at the same time performs duties of high state official and protects private business interests while saying that this is all for a greater cause. more >>>

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WHAT WILL HAPPEN WITH MONTENEGRIN HIGHWAY

Constructor(s) on short legs

The company “Konstruktor” from Split and its first man Željko Žderić have been in the focus of the Croatian public for the last few months due to the media and police accusations of falsifying business documentation, issuing checks without coverage, signing fictitious contracts with the government of the former Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader, misuse of inside information. more >>>

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DOSSIER – Corruption processing

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THE GOVERNMENT, THE JUDICIARY AND CORRUPTION
Corruption processing

If it were not for the twenty unresolved and professionally performed murders, the “Zavala case” might, as it seems, be considered as the most complicated case which the Montenegrin judiciary has been faced with in the last twenty years. And actually, it is all more than clear. more >>>

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FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION – THE MONTENEGRIN WAY
With statistics into Europe

Montenegro is still waiting for its first convicting and legally-binding verdict for the so-called “large-scale corruption”. While such proceedings take years to complete, statistical indicators are improved by the customs officers and police officers convicted of taking bribes in the amount of EUR 10 or EUR 50. more >>>

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MONTENEGRIN INVESTORS ON INTERPOL’S ARREST WARRANTS
Tobacco, drugs and corruption

It can be concluded that the local economy would face huge problems if, for any reason whatsoever, all those suspected of, charged with or sentenced for criminal activities ceased their economic activities in Montenegro. Facts show that «faces from arrest warrants » have enormous economic influence. more >>>

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DO WE KNOW WHAT WE EAT
Money or health

Since the competent persons from the Veterinary Administration and the Ministry of Agriculture remained deaf for her warnings on illegal import and treatment of food of animal orgin, Mirjana Drašković addressed Police Administration and the Prosecutor’s Office. There are no answers to her letters and criminal charges. Maybe somebody was bored with reading it. more >>>

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DOSSIER – Energetics

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INVESTMENT-ENERGY PLAYS
Morača deeper than Piva

I do not know for whom the current authorities are preserving the project of  Komarnica and Kruševo – weather for themselves or their friends, because that project is cheaper, with better effects in electricity production, effects from sale are manifold bigger than in Morača, it is seismically safer and economically more cost effective, says professor Branko Radulović. «Power Plants on the Morača river are a more attractive project in relation to the PP on the Komarnica river», the Ministry of Economy responds. more >>>

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WHAT WILL MONTENEGRIN-ITALIAN ARRANGEMENT ON ENERGY BRING US
Partnership at personal measure

The question is: weather the company suspected for deceiving consumers and abusing monopoly in its own state is the real partner to manage the biggest Montenegrin company and prepare the announced liberalisation of electric energy market in Montenegro. more >>>

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A2A IN MONTENEGRO
Marriage without Obligations

The Italians are asking the Energy Regulatory Agency to  «increase the compensation of invested capital up to the level of other European countries», but they do not mention weather this refers to countries which, like Montenegro, have a supplier that holds monopoly, or to more developed markets where electric energy distributors are forced to take into account competition. more >>>

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THE NEW ROLE OF EFT IN MONTENEGRIN ENERGY NODE
Traders in darkness

EFT of Vuk Hamović begins a new phase of business operation – and will continue to be the main supplier of EPCG with imported energy, but it will also be its direct competitor on the internal market. This opens up limitless space for manipulations. more >>>

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DOSSIER – Nepotism and clientelism

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HOW ACO ĐUKANOVIĆ BOUGHT THE IVANOVIĆ FAMILY PALACE IN DOBROTA
700 000 Euro Worth a Day’s Wage

Acting as an intermediary between “Galenika” and the buyer, the manager of an off-shore company earned more than half a million euro, and Aco Đukanović, as a true gentleman, assumed all costs. Both parties to the deal were represented by a lawyer from the office of Ana Kolarević

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NEPOTISM AND CLIENTELISM IN MONTENEGRO
The Judiciary – Family Business

Although in their official statements institution representatives deny that there can be any reference to nepotism in Montenegro, the state of fact indicates that if we look at first associate editors, statesmen, directors, we can easily ascertain whether the supervisor originates from the tribe of Kuči, Vasojevići, Piva, Žabljak, Njeguši, etc. more >>>

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NEPOTISM AND CLIENTELISM IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Within the power network

In response to our question on whether he thought he is in conflict of interest, since he decides on the issuance of accreditation for institutions of which he is the founder as member of the Government Council, Professor Dragan Vukcevic briefly said: ” The Rector of the University of Montenegro sat in the Council when University courses of study were accredited.” more >>>

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NEPOTISM AND CLIENTELISM AT THE UNIVERSITIES AND FACULTIES IN MONTENEGRO
Title, knowledge and property

As in the case of Defence Minister Boro Vucinic, former director of the General Hospital in Berane, and the current Health Minister Miodrag Radunovic began to build his university career upon his arrival to the Government of Montenegro. more >>>

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NEPOTISM AND CLIENTELISM IN MONTENEGRIN POLITICS
Nepotism and clientelism in Montenegro

Last month’s attack of Miomir and Miljan Mugoša on the photographer and Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Vijesti daily, Boris Pejovic and Mihail Jovovic has another unusual dimension. Podgorica is one of the rare places in Europe whose residents can experience to be attacked with fists and firearms: more >>>

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DOSSIER – KAP

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THE BEGINNING OF AN END
Primitive accumulation of capital
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At the time of international sanctions against SRY, while workers of KAP instead of salaries took home bags of flour and detergent packs, around 400 private companies made profit from their work. Instead of defending the state property, the Government too transferred the burden of its debts on the Plant. This is how KAP fell into debtor slavery. more >>>

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ENIGMA GLENCORE
Problematic debts – a state secret

Agreement on Management, and then also the Contract on reprogramme of debts were signed in secrecy. On that occasion DPS even avoided its partners from the Government. Once they were made official, those documents confirmed doubts on privileged position of Vektra and its shadow partner, the Swiss Glencore. more >>>

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THE TIME OF PRIVATISATION
Buyer made to measure of the creditors

,,We were advised to sell KAP for just one dollar, and now even the business concluded with Rusal is not good for them, even though we are receiving hundreds of millions “, said President of the Tender Commission Branimir Gvozdenović to the critics of privatisation. The events that followed showed that his optimism arrived early. more >>>

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WHAT AFTER PRIVATISATIONS
Defense and the Last Days

Instead of a strategic investor and a modern factory Montenegro obtained new, bigger problems. Since the end of last year the cart of KAP went downhill. The management stopped paying the bills for electricity, masout, railroad transport, warehousing and transhipment in the Port of Bar … There is no money on the accounts of the Plant even for salaries. more >>>

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700.0000 Euro Worth a Day’s Wage