Montag, 7. Juni 2010

Düstere Zeiten für Montenegro : Der Niedergang der Super Monte Mafia

Dukanovic regelt noch seine Mafia Geschäfte und will dann zurücktreten zum Jahres Ende.
Seit dem Fall, des Drogen Schmugglers Darko Saric, anderer dubioser Gestalten aus dem Ausland in Montenegro, einer durch Wahl Stimmen erkauften Unabhängigkeit, durch die Mafiösen Monte clans, geht es halt nur noch bergab. Die Unabhängigkeit, war ein krimineller Schwachsinn in dieser Form, denn wer soll die Verwaltungs Kosten, für einen 600.000 Personen Staat bezahlen.

Bleak times for Montenegro's economy

Bleak times for Montenegro's economy

With rising costs, stagnating wages and a slowdown in foreign investment, Montenegro's economic situation is steadily deteriorating.
By Nedjeljko Rudovic for Southeast European Times in Podgorica – 07/06/10
photoA construction site stands idle in Budva. [Getty Images]
According to Montenegro's Ministry of Finance, the country's GDP declined by 5.3% in 2009, but according to the IMF assessment, the decrease was 7%. Given that the government has chopped wages in the public administration by 30%, Montenegrins are facing a bleak picture.
Doctors and teachers now receive about 400 euros per month. Police officers and soldiers get about 300 euros. Meanwhile, the cost of living is up: rent for a small apartment in Podgorica is about 200 euros a month -- making it difficult for many to make ends meet.
In addition, some workers have not received salaries for months.
Economic experts say that one of the main problems is that the economy hasn't developed its manufacturing and export-oriented enterprises. Additionally, huge public spending -- a result of the bulky administrative apparatus -- remains a problem.
"Micro, small and medium enterprises in the areas of organic food production, processing of wood, stone, water production, forest and sea products and the service sector should be kept under special attention. Special treatment in the near future needs to [include] the tourism sector, with marine business for multiplicative effects in the long run," Investment and Development Fund Chairman Dragan Lajovic says.
The fund was established by the government last year to spur economic development.
Foreign investment has also dwindled. From 2006 to 2008, there was a huge demand from people in Russia and Great Britain for property on the Montenegrin coast -- but no more. Last year, several seaside projects had to be halted midway due to lack of funding.
"Exit from the crisis includes … a package, which should be based on opening the economy to foreign investment, thus making positive multiplicative effects," Lajovic said, including job creation.
He warns that foreign capital requires fertile soil, and Montenegro is not the only destination that is suitable.
One problem, however, is that banks in the country significantly curbed lending last year.
"There are currently only 59 companies that Montenegrin banks will provide credit support to, which is a devastating fact," Central Bank Chief Economist Zorica Kalezic told SETimes.
Montenegro's Central Register showed that there were 51,505 companies in the country at the end of April.
Since banks will not give loans, employers warn that they will have to lay off workers.

Montenegro: Djukanovic Threatened by Alleged Mafia Links

Reports of an official Italian investigation into the president's alleged cigarette smuggling activities may terminate the political career of this canny survivor.
The Italian judiciary's reported investigation into claims that Montenegrin president Milo Djukanovic has been involved in illegal tobacco trafficking poses a serious threat to his hold on office.

Vorbildlich als Erstes Land, hat Albanien eine transparente Vergabe Regelung eingerichtet!

Die Bananen Republik Deutschland ist das Meilen weit entfernt, wie der GRECO Bericht des Europarates im Dezember 2009 zeigte. 

Science: UN praises Albania's public procurement system

Albania fights high-level corruption with an improved procurement system. Also in science and technology news: Serbia offers scholarships to female scientists, and Macedonian archaeologists locate some ancient Roman baths.
photoThe UN: Albania has improved its procurement system. [Getty Images]
Albania's public procurement system has improved in terms of transparency, accountability and responsiveness, a UN recent report concludes. According to the UN's Public Administration Network, Albania is the first country in the world to implement electronic procurement for all public sector projects worth more than 3,000 euros. This has helped the country fight high-level corruption, the report says.

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