Montenegrin Ministry of Science published report on Public hearing on Law on Innovation Activity draft. In the public hearing Faculty of Electrotechnics (ETF) of the University of Montenegro and the Montenegrin Economy and Politics Association (MEP) have participated. ETF submitted four remarks out of which three were rejected and one approved. MEP submitted five remarks out of which six were rejected and one approved.
Among else, MEP insisted that think-tanks should be provided by the Law on Innovation Activity. However, the proposal was rejected by the working group for drafting law, with explanation that think-tanks are not innovative organisations. The interesting fact is that Ministry of Science has established in 2013 national think-tank project, “Montenegro Future Forum“, which has its innovation department. MEP hopes the Parliament of Montenegro shall add provision defining think-tanks in amendment during the reading of the bill.
Also, MEP objected that in the draft of the law the English jargon was overused. MEP suggested that some English phrases should be replaced by Montenegrin. However, only one suggestion was accepted by the working group.
Finally, MEP questioned whether the provision for financing the innovative projects is adequate. The law draft states that only up to 500,000 EUR annually shall be allocated from the government’s budget to selected innovative projects in entire Montenegro.