Agency for Prevention of Corruption

Press Release from the 69th session of the Council of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption

Press Release from the 69th session of the APC’s Council
April 20, 2022
Council of the Agency for Prevention of Corrupiton

At today's session of the Council of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption, the Control and Monitoring Plan during the campaign for the election of councilors in several local assemblies, scheduled for June 5, 2022, was presented, as well as the activities carried out by the APC during the said campaign.

It was stated that the Agency regularly controls compliance with the prohibitions and restrictions prescribed by law, as well as reporting obligations during the election campaign by 1,029 authorities that are obliged to implement the law.

Bearing in mind that elections are expected to be announced in eight more municipalities, all activities of the APC will be focused on a single campaign and as such will be implemented for all elections and on the whole territory of the of Montenegro.

Special attention in the coming period will be devoted to the control of reports, as well as monitoring the publication of reports on the use of public resources during the campaign, in order to enable the public availability of such data and the possibility of reporting any irregularities.

It is planned that Agency officials will carry out 27 controls in the field, during which the emphasis will be placed on the control of monthly spending for May, as well as on the control of employment.

When it comes to political entities, activities will be monitored in relation to the eight types of expenses defined by law. The goal is to control and record at least 75% of the expenses of all political entities by election day. Also, all contributors, prescribed limits and, finally, the accuracy and completeness of submitted reports of all entities will be controlled.

In relation to the obligation to submit Reports on Assets and Income by public executors, which is prescribed by Article 31a of the Law on Public Executors, the Council requested the Agency to prepare and publicly publish the records of public executors, with information on who fulfilled the obligation to submit Reports to the Agency, as well as to inform the Chamber of Public Executors about it.

Also, an amendment to Article 23 of the Law on Prevention of Corruption was initiated, so that executors and notaries would be recognized as public officials in the sense of the aforementioned law.