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10 Jul 2019, 00:43 AM

09 July 2019 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović participated in an informal meeting of OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) foreign ministers, which took place in the High Tatras, Slovakia, reports the PR office of the Ministry.

The participants exchanged views on the modalities for improving the dialogue and cooperation among the participating countries, as well as restoring confidence and security in the OSCE region. The focus of the discussion was placed on the relevance of the OSCE and the role the Organisation is playing today in light of the current security challenges. The discussion emphasised importance of respecting the key principles on which the international order is based, as well as the importance of the Organisation in their preservation and promotion, pointing to the potential of the OSCE as a unique platform for dialogue and its specificity in terms of having comprehensive mechanisms for effective and rapid action in the prevention, management and resolution of crisis situations.

MFA ministers agreed that it is necessary to demonstrate political will, through effective multilateralism and constructive dialogue, but that declarative readiness for dialogue must be accompanied by implementation in practice. They underlined the need to respect the principles on which the Organisation is based, such as dialogue, compromise, peaceful resolution of conflicts, accountability, and cooperation.

The Montenegrin Foreign Minister stressed that the comprehensive OSCE concept of security is a key segment of the region's common security and that the Organisation has proved itself as a reliable partner and a single forum for open dialogue. In that context, he pledged full support to the current process of the Structural Dialogue on existing and future challenges that is being conducted within the OSCE. He emphasised the importance of respecting the principles and values ​​of the international rule-based order as important preconditions for restoring confidence and security in the OSCE region.

For Montenegro, the OSCE is a strategic partner, to whose principles the country remains committed through supporting its work, missions and respect for integrity, the unique and irreplaceable role of this Organisation, Minister Darmanović concluded.

In a meeting with Minister of the Slovak Republic Miroslav Lajčák, Montenegrin Foreign Minister expressed gratitude for the continued support of Slovakia in the process of European integration. At the meeting with the Finnish head of diplomacy Pekka Haavisto, Minister Darmanović stressed the importance of continuing the enlargement policy, and expressed the expectation that Finland would support this policy during the current EU Council presidency.

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09 Jul 2019, 00:42 AM

07 July 2019 - "The Western Balkans Summit in Poznan confirmed a clear European perspective of the Western Balkan countries. That message was conveyed by both the EU and the member states of the Union," Prime Minister Duško Marković told the press at the end of the Summit.

"There is no doubt that the enlargement policy is one of the best EU policies and it contributes to the stability of progress and development. It would be impossible to leave 18 million Western Balkan citizens out of the European space. There is no logic or justification for that. Today, it has been clearly stated that the vision of enlargement to the Western Balkans is alive and that in the Western Balkans we should continue to work to fulfill our obligations," Prime Minister Marković stressed.

The Cabinet of the Prime Minister reported that Marković also added that the sixth Summit of the Western Balkans confirmed the vision of the German Chancellor Angela Merkel as an extension to the enlargement policy. PM Marković said that the Berlin Process contributed to the new values ​​of the Western Balkans as a whole and each country individually.

"We in particular focused on the implementation of the connection agenda, as the infrastructure connectivity is the key to the overall development of the Balkans, especially each country individually. We expressed satisfaction with the degree of infrastructure projects implementation and the approved funds. Montenegro has withdrawn more than EUR 170 million and we are set to continue this way in the future," Prime Minister Marković underlined.

For Montenegro, he added, this Summit is particularly important. The Memorandum on the creation of preconditions for the construction of the International Institute for Sustainable Technologies in South East Europe was signed. Montenegro is the initiator of this project. CERN, European Commission and the Science Commissioner pledged support to this project. The serious efforts of the Government, primarily of the Ministry of Science, have yield results today, and this testifies to the fact that the Western Balkans steadily progress towards the EU.

When asked by journalists whether he talked with Prime Minister Ana Brnabić about the Draft Law on Freedom of Religion, Prime Minister Marković said that he opened the issue with his Serbian counterpart.

"Prime Minister Brnabić asked me what it is about. I said that this is about drafting the law as a programme and constitutional obligation of the Government, based on the standards and principles of not only national legislation but also the Council of Europe," said PM Marković, stressing that the issue of religious communities in Montenegro is currently regulated by the Law of 1977.

"There is no reason for confrontation between the two countries on this issue. We agreed that we should discuss these and other issues directly at the institutional level, and that we will not raise tensions between the two states because we do not need them, " the Prime Minister pointed out.

The Prime Minister assessed the brief conversation with his Serbian counterpart Brnabić as beneficial, hopeful that in the coming days, the conditions will be created for discussing these issues as two neighbouring and friendly countries.

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08 Jul 2019, 20:53 PM

Vladimir Jokić (Democrats of Montenegro) was replaced from the position of the President of the Kotor Municipality today by the votes of parliamentary majority (17 councilors) made by members of the DPS, SD, HGI, LP and former SDP member Bruna Lončarević at the Bizanti Palace.  

After years of silence, the government of Montenegro gave an announcement today, full of untruths, as it said not because of me, but because of the citizens of Kotor and Montenegro, announced Vladimir Jokić. He reacted to the statement by the Government of Montenegro, which stated, among other things, that Jokić ignored Prime Minister Duško Marković for two years.

There is no excuse for violating the law, and the Government of Montenegro brutally violated it. Neither the Prime Minister's vanity, nor his piquet, nor the insurmountable political differences. Nothing can be an excuse for a violation of the law, unless we are in Frankish Spain where there was a motto that friends can do everything, and that there are laws are for the enemies.

He added that there is no reason to justify the fact that the Government interpreted one point of the Law one way on 30 May and 28 days later the other in favor of their local burglars.

"In fact, there would be no single excuse if it was not a government whose party interest is above general interest, above the interests of the citizens and beyond the state's interest. If I had known that the method to get an answer from the Government and the Prime Minister would be writing open letters, I would have sent each letter by the media…

Now that we have found the way to communicate, I remind you that we have appealed to the Constitutional Court because of the way the DUP Kostanjica has been adopted and, if the state does not engage, we will lose the status of UNESCO - for the sake of the interest of offshore companies. I have also written to you about that several times, as you can see in the archives ", said Jokić.

“Kotor has a history that is measured for millennia, it celebrates the Day of the Municipality on November 21, and whoever wants to take part in this celebration is welcome. Going to Podgorica to receive greetings for the Kotor Municipality Day would be degradation of the city's history at the expense of the Government, which I would never allow myself. There is no function, niether political combination, nor the sort of solution that is worth the dignity of the city. If you had respected the dignity of the same town, the prime minister would announce to the host at least twice when visiting Kotor municipality. This is a question of manners in the end. How many times the state protocol ignored local government, I will not even waste words, " Vladimir Jokić stressed.

Finally, he urged Prime Minister Duško Marković to look at the correspondence he had sent him once again.

Source: "Vijesti"

 

05 Jul 2019, 01:02 AM

04 July 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović received a well-known American political scientist, writer and professor Yoshihiro Francis Fukuyama, who is visiting Montenegro within the program "Prestigious Leadership Academy for Development" organized by the Faculty of Economics and Center for Democratic Transition with the support of the Center for democracy, development and rule of law of Stanford University, the Balkan Trust for Democracy and the German Marshall Fund of the United States.

President Đukanović expressed his satisfaction with the visit of Professor Fukuyama to Montenegro and the opportunity for Montenegrin students to hear his lecture, reported the Office of the President of Montenegro. He also added that Montenegro is a sincere advocate of European and Euro-Atlantic integration, primarily because of the need to adopt the European system of values and achieve European quality of life through the reform process. Noting that he is aware of the unpopularity of demanding reforms, he recalls that in this region we do not have the luxury of further lagging behind the developed Europe.

"With all European weaknesses, integration into the EU is an uncompromising need of the countries of the WB," Đukanović said.

Professor Fukuyama expressed his gratitude for the opportunity for the meeting during his first visit to Montenegro. He said that the reason for his frequent visits to our region was the existence of a confrontation between the two systems, liberal democracy on the one and the system that dominantly came from Russia and other countries. In this context, he welcomed Montenegro's decision to join NATO, stressing that this organization represents the most serious alliance in the world and a mechanism that preserves our values. Pointing to contemporary dangers such as populism, social networks and globalism, he expressed his belief in the survival and victory of a democratic system of values and the development of democracy.

"NATO and the EU are offering much better options than the alternatives we are exposed to," Fukuyama said.

Đukanović and Fukuyama also discussed other current European and global issues.

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03 Jul 2019, 00:20 AM

01 July 2019 - Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković hosted an inaugural visit by Ambassador of Finland to Montenegro Kimmo Lähdevirta.

The Prime Minister welcomed Ambassador Lähdevirta and wished him success in his work. He thanked Finland for its support for Montenegro's EU bid, stressing the country's commitment to pursuing reforms in order to achieve European standards. In that regard, the Prime Minister said he is hopeful that during the Finnish presidency, which started yesterday, Montenegro will open the only remaining negotiating chapter and bring to an end the work on reports that will determine the internal willingness to close certain negotiating chapters.

According to the Public Relations Service of the Government of Montenegro report, Ambassador Lähdevirta informed the Prime Minister about the priorities of the Finnish presidency of the Council of the EU, noting that his country will promote the enlargement policy and that all the Western Balkan countries must have a European perspective. Finland, the Ambassador said, advocates for the regatta principle, that is, the individual assessment of the success of each candidate country.

The Prime Minister of Montenegro and the Ambassador of Finland agreed that the two countries have developed high-quality bilateral relations and expressed satisfaction with the fact that economic cooperation has been intensified as well, in particular referring to the cooperation between the Electric Power Industry of Montenegro and the Finnish Fortum on the project of one of the largest solar power plants in Europe . It was concluded that this project could set an example to more Finnish investors in Montenegro.

This meeting also initiated the visit by the Grand Committee of Finland's Parliament to Montenegro.

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02 Jul 2019, 02:16 AM

30 June 2019 - Prime ministers of Montenegro and Azerbaijan, Duško Marković and Novruz Mammadov, agreed during the official talks, which took place in Baku recently, that relations between the two countries are very good and friendly, characterised by intense political dialogue and a high level of understanding, with the continuous strengthening of economic cooperation, and that they see a common interest in further intensification of economic cooperation and mutual support at the international level.

"With its modest potential, Montenegro contributes to peace and stability, and supports the sovereignty and independence of its partner countries, including Azerbaijan," Prime Minister Duško Marković stressed.

Public Relations Service within the Government of Montenegro reported that the two prime ministers noted that both countries today enjoy the benefits of hard-won independence, that they are linked by the fact that these are small, multi-ethnic and multi-religious countries that, in their still insufficiently stable regions, significantly boost cooperation within Balkan and Central Asian regions and contributes to world peace by developing good neighbourly relations and showing determination to resolve disputes.

PM Marković expressed satisfaction with the fact that Azerbaijan, by investing hundreds of millions of euros in the Porto Novi tourist resort, has become one of the largest investors in Montenegro, and he invited his Azerbaijani counterpart to visit Montenegro next year to mark the opening of this tourist resort.

"Investments from Azerbaijan contribute to the reputation and perspective of our dynamic economy. I want successful cooperation to continue and expand. I am delighted that you accepted to visit Montenegro next year and see on the field how two friendly countries create new value for the benefit of citizens," Prime Minister Marković pointed out.

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30 Jun 2019, 23:36 PM
June 30, 2019 - Kotor Mayor, Vladimir Jokić, filed a criminal complaint with the Prosecutor's Office in that town after the new assembly's majority cleared the official entrance to Kotor's Assembly Hall in the Byzantine palace in the Old Town.
 
As the reason for applying a criminal complaint, Jokić cites the protection of the constitutional and legal order of the Montenegrin state, the protection of the law and the legitimate interests of the local population, as well as the prevention of further criminal offenses.
 
Kotor Municipal Assembly premises entered the elected members of the commission, formed on Friday, 28 June, after the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) Željko Avramović was chosen to perform President of the Municipal Assembly, convened by the new assembly majority in the hotel Vardar.
 
Recall, President of the Assembly of Kotor Dragica Perovic convened the local government session on 10 July.
 
DPS chairman Željko Avramavić, who was elected in hotel Vardar to perform the President of the Kotor Municipal Assembly until an election of its President, told Radio Kotor that on Friday, at 5.30 pm, a multiparty committee waived the entrance of the local parliament to the Byzantine palace.
 
The commission was composed of DPS officials and Bruna Lončarević, who SDP withdrew from the party for causing a power crisis in Kotor.
 
"Despite my attempts to get in touch with the President of the municipality, Jokic, I did not succeed, and neither Mrs. Perovic did answer the phone all day. After that, I decided to form a commission to clear the office. In this way conditions have been created for the assembly to function generally on Monday," Avramovic said on Friday.
 
President of the municipality Vladimir Jokić told Radio Kotor that "an attack on the state-legal system and the Montenegrin Constitution occurred on that day in Kotor."
 
Mayor Vladimir Jokić (Democrats of Montenegro) announced that he would file a complaint with the State Prosecutor's Office in Kotor against the decision-maker and the perpetrator of "this violence."
 
"A group of people who were not the first to tear down the premises and remove the seals, made that bastard tonight. I'll file the criminal complaint against them tomorrow. It is the unseen bastard and violence by which the DPS and Bruna Lončarević are trying to take power," Mayor Jokic said on Friday.
 
He pointed out that it was particularly tragic that the directors of public institutions - Neđeljko Moškov (director of the Public Institution Resource Center for the Hearing Diseases) and Srđan Dragomanović, director of the Nursing Home, who was convicted for a call on the Jokić line, participated in it.
 
30 Jun 2019, 23:29 PM

29 June 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović recently received Skender Durmishi, Ambassador of the Republic of Kosovo to Montenegro in his farewell visit.

President of Montenegro thanked Ambassador Durmishi for excellent cooperation during his diplomatic mandate and contribution to the improvement of relations between the two countries.

"The coming into force of the agreement on borders, the opening of the Montenegrin Development Center in Kosovo, and the appointment of an honorary consul, are the processes that have strengthened confidence and improved cooperation," said Đukanović.

The Office of the President of Montenegro reported that Đukanović also added that Montenegro closely monitors the events in Kosovo, with the positions of friendly relations of the neighbors, but also with the desire that the problems that exist in the region get as soon as possible the epilogue in the interest of all. In this regard, the President expressed support for the renewal of the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina as soon as possible, in order to show responsibility to the region and its European perspective. Đukanović stressed that Montenegro is trying to be a constructive partner, aware of delicacy and its relevance to the stability of the region as a whole.

"With the same understanding, Montenegro will continue to support the stability and prosperity of Kosovo and its further European integration," said Đukanović.

The President also conveyed to Ambassador Durmishi the gratitude of Montenegro for the attention of Kosovo towards the Montenegrin national community and the progress in creating the conditions for its gathering and constructive action.

Ambassador Durmishi thanked President Đukanović for his reception, stressing that he was privileged and honored to be the first Ambassador of Kosovo to Montenegro, where, he said, he encountered an exceptional reception and cooperation of Montenegrin institutions. Durmishi stressed that he was looking forward to the successes of Montenegro and that he has high remarks for Montenegro’s contribution to regional progress.

The interlocutors agreed that so far results in cooperation are a good basis for further deepening of relations primarily in the field of economy, infrastructure, and culture.

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30 Jun 2019, 23:24 PM

29 June 2019 - President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović received the Vice-President of the Republic of Bulgaria Iliana Iotova, who is visiting Montenegro.

The President expressed satisfaction with the visit of the Vice-President, and with the opportunity to meet with her, emphasizing the importance of a continuous dialogue on the quality of interstate cooperation, which Montenegro and Bulgaria consistently confirm in practice.

Relations between Montenegro and Bulgaria are traditionally good, Đukanović said, especially in the context of supporting our integration aspirations. He recalled the stable opportunities and strategic goals of our country, achieved membership in NATO and the leadership position in the process of EU accession. To that end, the adoption of a European value system and a higher quality of life leads us, said the President, a commitment to comprehensive reforms.

The President also referred to the current situation in the region and on the importance of resolving the remaining open issues, as reported the Office of the President of Montenegro. He pointed out the importance of the region's integration, for its stability, stressing that there is no stability of the Balkans without its Europeanization, neither stability nor competitiveness of Europe without a stable Balkans.

The Vice President of the Republic of Bulgaria thanked the President for his reception, with high marks for the quality of relations between the two countries. She expressed full support for Montenegro's integration process, with the assessment that Montenegro's progress is significant. 

"The position of the Bulgarian state in terms of enlargement is unambiguous. The place for Montenegro is in the EU, and gradually for other WB countries," Iotova said, stressing that it is a common task not only to restore the scope of enlargement to the EU agenda, but to turn it into its main foreign policy priority.

Iotova agreed with Đukanović that the security of Europe is not possible without the stability of the WB, and emphasized that the integration of the region is a guarantee for its development and progress.

It is jointly assessed that the continuation of cooperation and dialogue is crucial for further improvement and strengthening the European perspective of the region.

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30 Jun 2019, 15:04 PM

30 June 2019 - At a recent joint press statement following the tenth meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the EU and Montenegro, it was highlighted that The SA Council encouraged Montenegro to make further efforts to improve key areas like the rule of law, economic governance and public administration, and welcomed the country’s positive track record in implementing its obligations under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

The EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) held its tenth meeting on 27 June 2019. The meeting was chaired by Ambassador/State Secretary Zoran Janković of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro. H.E. Luminița Odobescu, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union, led the EU delegation on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini. Ms Genoveva Ruiz Calavera, Director for the Western Balkans represented the European Commission.

The SA Council meeting provided a timely opportunity to review Montenegro's progress in its preparations for accession and to consider priorities for further work within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.

In the context of the accession negotiations, the SA Council welcomed the opening of two additional chapters since the last meeting. The SA Council encouraged Montenegro to continue its work on meeting all benchmarks and to continue focusing on the fundamentals of the accession process: rule of law, economic governance and public administration reform. It encouraged Montenegro to continue the genuine inclusion of civil society and other stakeholders in preparations for EU accession and the policy-making process in general.

Concerning the Copenhagen political criteria, the SA Council noted the prolonged boycott of Parliament by parts of the opposition and encouraged all political actors to fully return the political debate to the democratic institutions, notably to Parliament, where it belongs. The SA Council recalled the importance of a comprehensive reform of the electoral framework, and of addressing the findings and recommendations of electoral observation missions. It also underlined the need to continue to provide a credible, independent and effective institutional response to allegations of corruption and illegal political party financing.

The SA Council noted the results already achieved by Montenegro on reforming its legal and institutional framework and establishing an initial track record in most areas under chapters 23 and 24. It stressed that Montenegro’s overall priority in the accession negotiations and the next important step ahead, was the fulfilment of the interim benchmarks set under chapters 23 and 24. It, therefore, encouraged Montenegro to continue intensifying its efforts, in particular by addressing the remaining shortcomings in certain key areas, such as media freedom, the fight against corruption and trafficking in human beings. It stressed that concrete results in the area of the rule of law were now crucial.

The SA Council strongly commended Montenegro for its consistent cooperation with the EU on foreign policy issues, in particular, its continuous full alignment with the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. The Council also welcomed that Ulcinj Salina has been proclaimed a nature park and encouraged further efforts of Montenegro to protect the Salina and to improve the management of all protected areas and other potential Natura 2000 sites. It also held an exchange of views on developments in Montenegro and the Western Balkans.

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30 Jun 2019, 03:08 AM

29 June 2019 - Prime Minister of Montenegro Duško Marković recently hosted Vice President of Bulgaria Iliana Iotova, reports Government of Montenegro.

During the meeting, it was concluded that friendly and partnership relations between Montenegro and Bulgaria are in particular strengthened by Bulgaria's continued support during Montenegro's accession to NATO and now in the process of EU integration.

"Our relations can hardly be better than they are. They could only become stronger in terms of economic cooperation," said Prime Minister Marković.

He thanked the Vice Presidents of Bulgaria for the important initiative that last year, during the Bulgarian presidency of the European Union, actualised the issue of enlargement of the Union, which resulted in the EU-Western Balkans Summit in Sofia. The Prime Minister added that the initiative launched by President Boyko Borisov to include the Adriatic-Ionian corridor on the list of European corridors co-financed by the European Union was of paramount significance for Montenegro.

Vice President Iotova announced the continuation of strong support for the European integration process of Montenegro and other Western Balkan countries, especially stressing that Bulgaria insists on regatta principle or on a separate evaluation of the success of each candidate country. Prime Minister Marković reiterated Montenegro's firm position on the need to open accession talks with Northern Macedonia and Albania.

Bulgaria's Vice President pledged her country's support to the initiative of Montenegro to open the International Institute for Sustainable Technologies.

The meeting concluded that it is a mutual interest to include Bulgaria in the governing part of the Berlin Process for the Western Balkan countries.

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