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11 Apr 2019, 00:47 AM

09 April 2019 - Works on the construction of energy infrastructure for electricity supply of Bar-Boljare motorway are planned to start in August this year. “Monteput” company is in charge of the realization of the investment that will cost 31,6 million EUR.

The public tender has not been published yet, and the representatives of the company said that they had to reach an agreement with the Montenegrin Electricity Distribution System and Montenegrin Electric Transmission System regarding the regulation of rights and responsibilities on account of the buy-back of the energy infrastructure.

“Preparations for the public tender for the contractor are underway. Also, the procedures regarding the issuance of approvals for the purchase of energy infrastructure are on,” said the representatives of “Monteput”.

One of the pre-requisites for the tender is the provision of money through a loan.

“Monteput”, headed by Jonuz Mujović, is about to bring the talks about the million loan to the end.

“We are negotiating with several potential creditors over the provision of funds for the realization of this project. Right now, we are not able to give you any more details,” said the representatives of “Monteput”.

Around 160.000 EUR will be earmarked for the repayment of the loan for the highway electricity supply.

“We think that it would not be appropriate if we bid names of the interested companies. It is still very early,” said the representatives of “Monteput”.

Works are due to be completed in a period of 15 months.

The executive director of ‘Monteput’, Jonuz Mujević also stated that the Bar-Boljare motorway should be completed by September 2020.

Mujević said that the construction works performed by China’s CRBC company should be completed by May 2019 but there are delays due to “certain misunderstandings of the design, harmonization with the European documents and hydro-geological researches.”

“The negotiations on signing the Annex to the Contract are about to finish. There are certain obstacles in the implementation of the previous construction works. ‘Monteput’ expected everything would go much faster,” said Mujević at the round-table on the motorway organized by the Network of Affirmation of the NGO Sector, MANS.

Also, he stressed that having in mind the quality of the motorway, Montenegro is going to have the lowest possible maintenance costs according to European standards.

11 Apr 2019, 00:41 AM

09 April 2019 - NATO will donate a 3D radar system to Montenegro which is going to be installed on Bjelasica. The Ministry of Defense applied earlier for the abandonment of the radar which is worth around 20 million EUR.

“We can confirm the grant of the radar to Montenegrin authorities. This important step is another of our efforts that go into ensuring defense and protection of the air space of the country, together with the police air forces provided by the ally planes from Greece and Italy,” said representatives of NATO.

Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Montenegro, Dragutin Dakić, recently presented the information about the radar.

“The next step in modernization is the provision of radar. Since it is a pretty big investment, we got it in the form of a donation from NATO. We must finance it through equipment and arrangement of positioning at an annual level. That way, we will cover all the critical spots to round up the whole picture of Montenegro. However, considering its configuration and the fact that Montenegro has got many dark angles, we opted for the radar that will most likely be installed on Bjelasica. This way, our air space will be integrated into the NATO system,” said Dakić at the meeting of the Safety Committee held recently.

According to the unofficial knowledge of “Pobjeda”, Montenegro will defray expenses of transport and installation. It could cost around 4 million EUR, considerably less than if it had to cover all the expenses of the radar system by itself.

Commenting on the donation, a military analyst, Aleksandar Radić, said that it was very important, especially in financial terms.

“It is necessary to sign a technical agreement which would define the model of the borrowing and if that will be a national borrowing of if NATO agency will make procurement within its possibilities,” pointed out Radić.

Long-term defense plan envisaged the procurement of 3D radar which will enable full operational capacity for generating the image of the situation in the air space of Montenegro.

Source: Cafe del Montenegro

07 Apr 2019, 23:03 PM

The Central Bank of Montenegro introduced bankruptcy at Atlas Bank today, and Mirko Radonjic was appointed as the bankruptcy trustee. Out of the work remains the current 198 employees, of which the bankruptcy trustee can temporarily keep up to 10 percent of this number during bankruptcy. Total deposits with this bank amount to 189 million euros, of which there are protected deposits in individual amounts up to 50,000 thousand and guaranteed by the Deposit Protection Fund for 89 million euros. The deadline for deciding on the payment of protected depositors is 15 days, and the fund now in the accounts has 108 million euros so it can pay off all protected depositors.

This was stated by representatives of the Central Bank and the Deposit Protection Fund at a press conference today.

Governor of the Central Bank, Radoje Zugic, said that the interim administration since its introduction on December 7th found that Atlas Bank's parameters were much worse than the bank represented, that the solvency was negative by minus seven percent, that the total assets were precluded and that the total bank's liabilities exceeded its capital by EUR 1.14 million, which are the reasons for direct bankruptcy. Mr Zugic said that they could not ascertain earlier that this bank had such bad parameters and that they hoped that the bank would be saved through recapitalization. He stated that there were more interested investors for recapitalization, that two of them submitted the bid but did not pass a credibility test.

Asked if he felt obliged to resign due to a violation of the banking system, as two banks went bankrupt, Zugic said there is no reason to resign, stating that deposits grow, the liquidity of all other banks is strengthened and the banking system has never been better.

The Governor said that he had several meetings with the owners and the management of IBM and Atlas Bank last year in order to improve the situation in these banks. He said that they came out stronger from this situation and that the banking system was more robust as it strengthens departments for bank control and preventing money laundering.

Zugic admitted that when the forced administration was introduced, he promised the healing of the bank and not bankruptcy, but then they did not have all the information on bank parameters and hidden situations and they expected recapitalization. Director of the Department for Bank Control Dejan Vujacic said that Atlas Bank has 88,526 depositors, out of which 70,000 depositors have claims less than ten euros, and ten thousand depositors have less than 100 euro claims. The state has 8.9 million deposits as well as a 7.1 million claim for paid guarantees to Atlas Bank. Vujacic said he expected that part of this, the state would charge through bankruptcy. According to him, 63 million deposits are frozen by the decision of the High Court for investigation, that the non-residents have another 37 million deposits, and all residents are 22 million, counting the state. As he said the frozen part of the funds is in the account at another bank and was not used.

Director of Deposit Protection Fund Predrag Markovic said they had a 15-day deadline to start paying off guaranteed deposits and that they have the money for all. He said that IBM depositors have so far been paid 15.6 million or 60 percent of guaranteed deposits, as well as they have already paid ten million of that amount through bankruptcy proceedings.

Vujačić said he expects that from the bankruptcy of Atlas bank the Fund will charge up to 90 percent of 89 million which needs to be paid to protected depositors and that there will be no need to raise premiums by commercial banks to compensate for the money lost by the Deposit Protection Fund.

Asked why the two remaining models to try to recover Atlas Bank were not used, such as the sale of shares of existing shareholders with the recapitalization and the transfer of assets and liabilities of the bank to another bank, Vujacic responded that new parameters showed that liquidity was minus 7 percent and that the assets are less than the obligations, pointing out these as the main reasons for bankruptcy. He argued that CBCG could not establish it earlier.

Temporary administrator at CBCG Tanja Teric said there had been an overestimation of assets, also due to the lost dispute with Kaspia and claims from the Mail bank from Austria. She argued that it was not true that temporary administration increased costs and deteriorated the parameters, as criticism could be heard by Atlas bank, but these were rather improved as much as the temporary administration could do.

She also pointed out that she calculated well that 22 million euros were needed for healing the bank through recapitalization, as despite the bad parameters with such recapitalization, the solvency ratio would be 10.8 percent or 10 percent above the legal limit.

Text by Goran Kapor, on April 5th 2019, read more at Vijesti

05 Apr 2019, 00:14 AM

04 April 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković and representatives of the renowned Dutch shipbuilding company Damen Kommer Damen and Porto Montenegro Mohammed Al-Shaibaniagreed said at a meeting in Bijela that the project of the transition of the former shipyard into the service of luxury yachts is successfully developing in accordance with plans, that it represents a new aspect of Montenegro's development, and that it is expected that the new industry will employ up to 450 workers when it is in full operation. 

Representatives of Damen, which employs 10,000 people in 35 shipyards on five continents, build 160 vessels every year and generates an annual turnover of two billion euros, presented a plan for the transition of the former shipyard. The plan is to rebuild 14 yachts in the first season 2020/2021, while in the fifth and sixth year they expect to reach full capacity - 100 yachts a year with an average employment of more than 400 people. 

"That means we need a lot of employees. We want to find out as quickly as possible whether people from Montenegro are looking forward to work. We want to provide training for interested people in our shipyards in Northern Europe and to organise a training programme in Bijela," representatives of the Damen Group told Prime Minister Marković.

Prime Minister Duško Marković stressed that, after visiting the site, he is thrilled with what he saw, having in mind that it is one of the projects that changes the Montenegrin economy. 

"I have been waiting for this moment for a long time, and today I feel fine. There were challenges, but we overcame them together. This project is important for the whole of Montenegro because it changes the whole philosophy of our development. With this project, we first solve the issue of the environment and open up a new clean industry. At the same time, we connect our tourism industry and industry. That is why this is a new era in the economic development of Montenegro. This needs to be understood by every state administration official. Any limitations will be overcome. Here I see a perspective for young people and that is why I am pleased that Damen is here. We need your experience and your know-how more than money. You will enjoy the full support of the Government," Prime Minister Duško Marković underlined at the meeting. 

In the context of the importance of development based on clean technologies, the Prime Minister recalled that the Government allocated EUR 50 million for remediation of five locations: the former shipyard in Bijela, solid waste dumps and red sludge pools in the former Aluminum Plant, the abandoned mine shafts of Šuplja stijena and the coal ash and slug from Maljevac dump. 

After the meeting, leaders of the Damen Group and Porto Montenegro, who on 30 November 2018, signed with the Government the concession agreement for the Shipyard in Bijela, with the aim of transforming the former shipyard into a service of luxury yachts, shared the optimism. 

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Chairman of the Damen Shipyards Group Kommer Damen expressed his special gratitude to the Prime Minister for engaging in this project. 

"I am very grateful that with the assistance of the Government of Montenegro, and especially the Prime Minister, we have made progress in cleaning the Shipyard and that we are likely to start operations in March 2020," Kommer Damen said following the meeting.

Executive Director and Member of the Board of Directors of Porto Montenegro David Margason said that he is thrilled by the fact that, after a long preparation, the remediation and the beginning of the shipyard transition are finally underway. 

"I am very pleased that our investment in tourism in the last ten years has finally brought new investments into this business," said David Margason. 

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The Prime Minister also spoke with Executive Director of the Investment Corporation of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Porto Montenegro Mohammed Al-Shaibani. 

The meeting discussed the plans for further development of Porto Montenegro as one of the most important tourist resources of our country, as well as plans for expanding the tourist offer. 

 

 

04 Apr 2019, 23:51 PM

4 April 2019 - International Conference: Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro2019 will be organized from April 7-11, 2019 in Kotor, by the Institute of Marine Biology, University of Montenegro.

The 2019 International Conference: Adriatic Biodiversity Protection will provide updated scientific, decision-making and policy-relevant information across a broad array of different Adriatic issues, marine biology, and related scientific disciplines. Emphasis will be on how state-of-the-art research on Adriatic biodiversity protection, conservation of coastal and marine areas and sustainable use of marine resources can contribute to policy- and decision-making. Particular focus will be put on the development opportunities which marine biotechnology can offer in the Adriatic. Organized to include plenary and breakout sessions covering both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, Conference results will be used in shaping future marine science priorities and policy in Montenegro and other Adriatic countries.

The Institute of Marine Biology of the University of Montenegro is granted by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to implement a project “Marine Biodiversity Conservation Center “Boka Aquarium” (MonteAqua)” in cooperation with the Center for Fisheries and Biodiversity Conservation of Inland Waters, Institute of Biology and Ecology, Faculty of Science, University of Kragujevac. The International conference “Adriatic Biodiversity Protection – AdriBioPro2019” is the final project event, dedicated to gather all relevant national and regional stakeholders and to secure closer regional cooperation in the Adriatic Sea region.

According to the UNEP, the Mediterranean Sea is subject to tremendous pressure from multiple human uses and climate change. Recent research results indicate the cumulative impacts of human activities in the Mediterranean, ranking it as a hotspot of marine biodiversity, and one of the most heavily impacted marine region worldwide. One of the most intensely used and severely degraded regions of the Mediterranean is the Adriatic Sea. It implies a necessity of developing appropriate and effective policy-responses including adaptation actions, enhancement of resilience and implementation of mitigation activities. The Conference will address alterations of Mediterranean ecosystems, with a particular focus on the Adriatic Sea and its biodiversity and analyse widespread conflict among marine users. By presenting the latest science, the Conference will facilitate, synthesize and summarize the science-policy dialogue.

The topics which will be addressed during the conference include marine biodiversity conservation, conservation of coastal and marine areas, preventing marine pollution, rare and endangered species in Adriatic sea, marine invasive and alien species, roles of aquaria, international trade in endangered marine species, sustainable use of marine resources, marine biotechnology and freshwater biodiversity conservation.

04 Apr 2019, 21:36 PM

The Board of Directors of Montenegro Airlines, headed by President Nikola Vukicevic, discussed and accepted the Business Management Report for 2018 and the Financial Statements of the Company for 2018, presented by the Company's Executive Director, Zivko Banjević at the 6th regular session.


The company's business result for 2018 is positive, as the company's operating income was EUR 245,000 higher than operating expenses. However, due to significant financial expenditures the Company operated with a loss of EUR 1.97 million.

This total score is nearly 2.5 times better than 2017, or nearly 6 times better than 2016.

"It is the best balance of success in the last ten years, from the transformation of the Company from doo to ad, and comes in the year in which the Company achieved a record number of transported passengers. Let’s recall that last year MA transported 645,000 passengers in all three categories of traffic, which is an absolute record in the 25-year history of the Company, said MA.

At the beginning of 2017, the company was in an almost untreatable situation, with a loss of 11.47 million euros in 2016. Following the measures taken by the new management and management structure, with the support of the Government of Montenegro, the business was stabilized, and in relatively short terms it resulted in almost six times lower losses at the end of 2018. This amount is virtually marginal compared to the nearly 80 million euro of revenue earned last year, as well as concerning the importance of the Company for Tourism and the entire Montenegrin economy, as stated at the session.

The session also concluded that the results achieved over the past two years were best reflected in the fact that the Company transported more than 1.2 million passengers during that period, earning about 150 million euros, of which nearly 30 million euros remained in the country, as well as an indirect contribution to Montenegrin tourism and the total economy amounted between 250 and 300 million euros. These data point out the main reasons for the preservation of national airline companies.

The result gained is taken into particular account in view of the enormous increase in the price of fuel for 27% over the previous year compared to 2017, according to MA.

"It is evident that in 2018 the Company would operate with a positive result, in addition to the significant financial expenses that primarily relate to the exchange rate differences that could not be affected, if the terms were at least a little better on the airline market. Due to these unforeseen circumstances, we had to allocate a total of 3.2 million euros more than it was planned for the last year. In any case, there is a positive trend in MA's business over the past two years. If prices on the fuel market remain at the level of the first quarter of 2019, we can hope for a positive result at the end of this year, which will be better than the previous one on all commercial and financial indicators," said MA Executive Director Zivko Banjevic.

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Text by Vijesti online, on april 2nd 2019, read more at Vijesti

03 Apr 2019, 23:48 PM

03 April 2019 - The Government of Serbia has recently adopted the Decision on Introducing Scheduled Air Services declared to be of public interest, including the service Niš - Tivat – Niš, at the initiative of the southern and eastern Serbian district. The primary goal of this Decision is more efficient traffic connection with European cities, which is expected to result in faster economic development of the region.

The best bidder to carry out scheduled air services will be required to base an aircraft in Niš with the capacity to seat at least 125 passengers. The jet cannot be older than twenty years, and the operating carrier must also have another aircraft stationed in Serbia for back-up purposes. Under the tender conditions, a group of carriers may submit a joint bid. The deadline for the submission of bids has been set for May 6 at midday, so the carrier which will service the Niš – Tivat – Niš route will be announced after the bidding process.

As announced by the Ministry of Traffic, Construction, and Infrastructure of Serbia, the decision to introduce scheduled air services of public interest is in line with the Serbian regulations, harmonized with the regulations of the European Union.

As stated, the need for launching air services of public interest arises from the fact that there is no developed high-speed rail or road infrastructure as an alternative to linking this region to EU and the neighbouring countries with an average travel period of fewer than three hours.

The town of Niš is the administrative and regional centre of Southeast Serbia and the traffic hub which, in addition to being the intersection of the road and railroad Corridor 10, also has an international airport that accepted more than 350,000 passengers last year.

Air Service Niš – Tivat – Niš will be operated three times per week between May and October 2019.

03 Apr 2019, 16:43 PM

For the promotion and development of agriculture in 2019, Pljevlja municipality will allocate EUR 302,000, which is at the level of the previous year.

The most money, 68,000 euros, will be allocated for milk subsidies. The municipality will pay the cattle-breeder for each liter delivered to registered dairies three cents, as in the previous year.

"From the total production in the municipality Pljevlja most of the unprocessed milk remains on the farm and households which process that milk into dairy products, cheese, and kajmak or use it for their consumption. These products appear on an organized market in a minimal extent. On the other hand, demand for commercial dairy products is increasing, especially in tourist areas. Low production of milk per livestock unit and increasing demands on milk quality reduce the producers' interest in selling milk to dairies. Despite the periodic surplus of crude milk in the market, raising the competitiveness of the dairy sector through direct support to producers can significantly accelerate the development of milk market production and its adaptation to EU standards," says the agrarian-policy program for this year.

About 60,000 euros will be allocated for the promotion of livestock breeding, i.e., breeding of heifers and fattening male cattle.

Farms that carry out organized fattening will have the right to financial support up to €100 per livestock unit.

With 19,000 euros, the municipality will assist the production of continental fruit, and with 21,000 for the berry fruit. "Although there are favorable agro ecological conditions and human resources available, the production of berry fruit in the municipality of Pljevlja is not sufficiently represented. The production of berry fruit is, if it is organized in the right way, highly profitable and can lead to progress, both for the individual farms and the local community. The Rural Development Strategy in 2012 has started an initiative to increase the production of berry fruit and has so far moved upward," the document states.

For existing plantations of berry fruit and raising new, a direct aid of 500 euros for a minimum area of 0.10 hectares will be provided and the municipality will also support the purchase of equipment for planting, fertilizing, small mechanization, equipment and connections necessary for plant maintenance.

The municipality will subsidize farmers who decide to produce vegetables, flowers, medicinal herbs and mushrooms, organic food production as well as the supply of equipment, connectors and small appliances, greenhouses and irrigation systems.

There is also support for 15 young beekeepers who are beginners, for the purchase of three beehives, for which the municipality will bear the total cost.

The municipality will also subsidize 50% of the insurance of registered farmers for pension and health insurance. For this purpose, the municipality will allocate seven thousand euros.

The local government will use 400 euros to help young couples in the village who have been married or had a baby. The municipality will also support investments in family households to protect Pljevlja cheese.

This measure aims to stop the depopulation of the rural area.

"The villages in the area of Pljevlja municipality are faced with a major problem of migration of the local population towards the cities, and especially among the youth. A small number of agricultural producers are in the agricultural insurance system, by the Pension and Health Insurance Act. In most settlements of the rural area, there are intensive migration flows to Pljevlja and the centers of neighboring municipalities. One of the measures in the strategic development documents of the Municipality Pljevlja is to improve the quality of life and spread economic activities in the rural area through the introduction of stimulating measures for the people in these areas," the statement explains.

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Text by Goran Malidzan, on March 31st, 2019, read more at Vijesti

03 Apr 2019, 16:36 PM

You have been prepared to welcome tourists to your accommodation, rent-a-car or tourist agencies and this year, and you will host all those who want to see the beauty of Montenegro. Hipotekarna Bank has an opportunity for you to find out the most current novelties in the digital business of the tourism industry at a free workshop, in the tourist metropolis Budva.

Dragan Varagic, strategist of business transformation and e-business development, a blogger, a professional lecturer from the field of business application of the Internet, will speak about a very up-to-date and useful topic "Promoting internet sales for the needs of the tourism industry". 

Along with him, Sejad Sehic, Director of Card Business and Advanced Sales Channels, will also be the host, who will present to the participants of the workshop in detail the unique payment service of the Hipotekarna Bank, HB booking.

 

 

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To summarize, HB Booking Payment Service allows registered publishers of accommodation, rent-a-car, and travel agencies online payment of their services, without creating their website, and to their customers safe and secure payment with their credit cards, without the use of POS terminals with the highest security standards of card houses. The workshop will take place on April 10th at the hotel “Budva” in Budva, starting at 11 am.


The workshop is free of charge, and the number of places is limited. So, sign up as soon as possible. To learn the novelties from the digital world, you do not have to be our client - it is important that you are interested and to sign up by April 8th by filling out the form on the website www.hb.co.me. More information can be obtained by sending an inquiry to our address - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Text by Promo, on April 2nd, 2019, read more at Vijesti

03 Apr 2019, 16:13 PM

The Secretariat for Development Projects by mid-April should submit to the Government proposals for the conclusion of a contract with three selected mediation agents in the project of the selection of persons wishing to obtain a Montenegrin passport based on investments in Montenegro. Public call conditions were completed by three companies, namely Apex Capital Partners, Arton Group and Henley & Partners Government Services.


The competition for the selection of agents for international aptitude announced at the beginning of January was extended until April 1st. The reason for this is that the applications received did not meet the requirements. The public opening of bids on this basis is planned, according to information from an amended call, for April 8th.

When the Government concludes a contract with the selected agents, the Secretariat will issue licenses, and only by issued licenses, agents can perform their activities within the aforementioned Montenegrin citizenship acquisition program.

"A total of 22 applications have been received for public mediation agent selection. The three applications met the conditions stipulated by the decision and the public call, 18 applications did not meet the conditions, while one application did not arrive within the defined and according to the decision and the public call it was not considered," said the Secretariat.

The Government Decision on criteria, methods, and procedures for the election of persons who may obtain Montenegrin citizenship by a receipt for the realization of a special investment program of exceptional importance for the economic interest of Montenegro is applicable from 1st January 2019. Based on this decision in the next three years, it is possible to issue a maximum of 2,000 Montenegrin passports. One of the conditions for the application of getting the Montenegrin citizenship is that the foreigner has not been legally convicted in Montenegro or another state and for whom an international aptitude assessor has given a positive opinion, including proof of money initially intended for payment and investment following the Government's decision. If it is subsequently found that the person who acquired the Montenegrin citizenship by admission in accordance with the decision has given false information or deliberately concealed the facts and circumstances, as well as if the agent for assessing international eligibility for that person provided incorrect information in his report, a decision of withdrawal of the citizenship will be issued.


The Government's program model for acquiring a Montenegrin passport is donation and investment. Contribution refers to the amount intended for the development of less developed municipalities. The contribution amounts to 100,000 euros per applicant's request, which is for 2,000 applications a total of 200 million euros. The investment refers to the amount intended to invest in one of the development projects from the Government's list of development projects. The applicant has to pay at least EUR 450,000 to invest in one of the development projects in Podgorica or on the coast or at least EUR 250,000 to invest in one of the development projects in the northern or central region.


The applicant must pay 15,000 euros for himself, 10,000 for a maximum of four family members and 50,000 for each of the following family members.

An open invitation to invest in tourism

On February 26th, the Ministry of Tourism issued a public call for those wishing to invest in the field of tourism to get the Montenegrin passports. The call is open until the end of 2021.

From the Ministry of Tourism, to "Vijesti" was explained that a committee for evaluation of public call documentation was formed, regarding the fulfillment of the qualifying conditions for project selection on the list of development projects in the field of tourism. "Applications, or documents that fulfill the conditions by a public call, shall be submitted by the Ministry to the Government which, according to the decision, determines the list of development projects in the field of tourism. The committee will meet regularly and consider the received documentation, "the ministry said. The public call lists the criteria for investing in a hotel or a mixed complex.


Among other things, the investor must employ at least 80 employees in the coastal region or the Capital or at least 25 employees in the northern or central region, as well as that the hotels that they built have at least 60 accommodation units in the coastal region or the capital city or at least 35 accommodation units in the north or the central region.

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Text by Marija Mirjacic, on March 31st, 2019, read more at Vijesti

02 Apr 2019, 20:46 PM

01 April 2019 - Prime Minister Duško Marković hosted Secretary-General of the OSCE Thomas Greminger, who is paying an official visit to Montenegro. The meeting noted that Montenegro actively contributes to stability and security, promotes regional cooperation, and is firmly committed to the principles of multilateralism and the fulfillment of OSCE goals. 

PM Marković said that Montenegro had achieved significant results in the field of economy, as well as in the rule of law, but that specific weakness remains, noting that we are devoted to the removal of flaws. 

"Montenegro has built the internal capacity of the institutions to respond in a timely and sustainable manner to the security challenges," Prime Minister Marković said, stressing that significant results were achieved in the field of fighting organized crime. 

PM Marković emphasised that Montenegro is committed to strengthening media freedoms and protecting journalists and media assets. He thanked the OSCE for support and expertise in media laws, as well as for the assistance of ODIHR in the area of electoral legislation and the electoral process. 

Secretary-General Greminger thanked Montenegro for its strong partnership and action following the principles of the OSCE. He noted that the OSCE wants to support Montenegro in the consolidation of democratic institutions, the improvement of the electoral system and the strengthening of media freedom. He also pointed to a focused programme of cooperation in the areas of transnational threats. 

The Prime Minister thanked for the overall support of the OSCE and assessed that this organisation is one of the most authoritative witnesses of contemporary development of Montenegro and its democracy.

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