10 May 2019 - Bilateral relations between Montenegro and Finland are excellent, and strong and serious steps towards strengthening economic relations are especially encouraging, the meeting between Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković and outgoing Ambassador of Finland Pertti Ikonen stressed.
"Montenegro wants to continue its strong political dialogue with Finland. For us, the EU has no alternative and we will be dedicated to working towards meeting the European agenda. Thank you for the support you have provided to our country in this field and I believe that we will make further progress during the Finnish presidency over the Council of the EU," said Prime Minister Marković.
Pointing out that he is safe in the knowledge that the trend of strong economic growth will continue in the coming years, Prime Minister Marković positively assessed the participation of the Finnish company Fortum in the construction of a solar power plant, hopeful that the Finnish companies will be strategic partners in the energy sector.
Ambassador Ikonen praised the progress in the implementation of reforms in Montenegro, reiterating Finland's support to the European perspective of Montenegro and the Western Balkans. In terms of bilateral cooperation, he agreed that it is important to strengthen the economic cooperation between the two countries further and welcomed the presence of the Finnish companies.
During mid-December 2018 the Prime Minister of Montenegro met with the Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilähe Prime Minister of Finland Juha Sipilä and they agreed at the working meeting, which took place in Helsinki, that Montenegro has made strong progress in the European integration process and that the process will be continued with the full support of Finland, which will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2019.