Podgorica Proclaimed to Be Eco-Municipality

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Montenegro still has much to do if it is wants its epithet “ecological state” to get its full meaning, said today Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism Branimir Gvozdenović at the conference dedicated to the World Environment Day.

At the conference certificates were awarded to the winners of the competition for Eco-Municipality and Eco-Company, and awards were given to the participants of the child literary and art contest, MINA agency reports.

Gvozdenović also said that that event also represented the conclusion of the project “Raising Environmental Awareness” which was funded by the European Union whose goal was to improve understanding, awareness and responsibility towards the issues of sustainable development and environment.

“The project has strengthened and deepened relations between institutions, citizens, organizations and political parties in Montenegro,” said Gvozdenović.

According to him, the project has promoted environmental protection through the implementation of a large number of activities which included the youngest. 

“It is clear that Montenegro still has much to do if it wants epithet “ecological state” to get its full meaning. On that road we have the help of the EU, not only through the projects, but also through many other activities in which the needs of Montenegro are recognized,” said Gvozdenović.

Head of the EU Delegation in Podgorica, Mitja Drobnič, said that the issue of environmental protection should be placed in the center of the decision-making processes in all policies.

“I honestly believe that it is necessary to do that, because the policy of environmental protection goes hand in hand with economic development. I believe that the so-called green growth in the long run is our only way out of the economic crisis,” Drobnič said.

He said that public awareness of environmental protection was important because it would further improve living conditions and the image of Montenegro, which would further act as a catalyst for foreign investment, especially in tourism.

Drobnič also stressed that after the opening of accession negotiations with Montenegro, a much stronger need and obligation to raise awareness of environmental protection emerged.

“Screening meetings we had in February and March showed that there is an understanding of the challenges that lie ahead in the field of environmental policy. But there must be an awareness that each one of us can and must contribute to the preservation of the environment,” he stated.

Jury for the selection of Eco-Municipality and Eco-Company which included representatives of the Ministry, the Association of Municipalities, UNDP, NGOs “Green Home” and “Ozon”, PE National Parks, the daily “Vijesti” and the University of Donja Gorica, out of 12 competing municipalities, selected Podgorica and proclaimed it Eco-Municipality.

In the category of large companies, the Hotel-Tourist Enterprise “Budva Riviera” was proclaimed Eco-Company.

In the category of medium-sized enterprises that award went to Niksen Trade Čavor” from Njeguši, and in the category of small companies, that award went to “Hemosan” from Bar.

At the children’s literary competition on the theme “Dispose waste in a proper manner, let our home be clean”, first prize went to Nevena Ivanović, a schoolgirl from the Elementary School “Branko Božović” from Podgorica, second prize went to Milica Šarčević from Elementary School “Šukrija Međedović” Godijevo - Bijelo Polje and third prize went to Aida Škrijelj from Elementary School “Božidar Vuković Podgoričanin”.

In the drawing competition on the same theme first two prizes went to Ksenija Čepić and Nikolina Raičević from Elementary School “Vlado Milic” from Podgorica, and to Ivana Zečević from Elementary School “Vuk Karadžić” from Berane.