Montenegro: Round table with youth

Round table youth

Podgorica, September 2016. – NGO Prima organized a round table with young people as part of a regional project “Youth Bank Hub for Western Balkans and Turkey (YBH4WBT)” supported by the European Union through the IPA CSF. The project is managed by the Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac and NGOs Prima is partner and implementer in Montenegro.

The participants of the round table held on 29 September 2016, in addition to Panelists, were young people – a total of thirty-one, which are also the main target of the project.

In the introductory part their presentations had Aida Perovic Ivanovic, director of NGO Prima, then Andrea Popovic, representative of the Directorate of Youth and Sports, which operates under the Ministry of Education of Montenegro, and Aleksandra Gligorovic, senior researcher in the project.

Aida Perovic Ivanovic presented organisation, and then specifically this project goals and activities. Andrea Popovic, representative of the Directorate of Youth and Sport, said that the vision of this institution is that young people in Montenegro in the next period are independent and have greater support to be economically independent.

Aleksandra Gligorovic presented key findings in Montenegro showing that:

  • Of the 81 parliamentarians in the general meeting of Montenegro, only one has 30 years of age (none under 30 years)
  • There is not one young ministers in the government.
  • There is not a young mayor in Montenegro.
  • From 67 Director General of the ministries, one person is younger than 30 and 2 persons are currently 30 years old.

When it comes to the percentage of young people who participate in the General Committee of the parliamentary political parties, the situation is better in some parties – and in some parties is about 18% for some with a maximum of 20%. One party has in the statute defined a quota of 20% for young people.

Young people gave their comments on situation of youth in Montenegro, and gave some of their recommendation on how policy framework and practice should be improved.