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18 Feb 2019, 10:50 AM

February 18, 2019 - Tivat businessman Rado Gago Arsic on Friday, 15 February threatened Dragan Popadic, the director of the local Radio Tivat. Popadic reported it to the police, who met with the state prosecutor at the Basic State Prosecution in Kotor. The prosecutor pleaded not to have elements of the criminal offense in Arsic's conduct, and the police against him filed a misdemeanor complaint about the repression of public order and peace. The case sharply condemned the Union of Local Public Broadcasters of Montenegro ( ULES CG ), as well as the Union of Media and the Union of Information, Publishing and Graphic Activities.

"Returning from the City Chapel, at a nearby parking lot, Rado Arsic called Gago, stopped me wanting to talk about Radio Tivat's writing about the court case leading his family. Ironically, Radio Tivat did not even write about it, but this case was interesting for another media. I refused to talk to him and continued to walk. He followed me, grabbed my hand and began to threaten me that I will pay him when I go to retire. I said I would report it to the police, and he replied: "Just try it." I submitted it with the police who was very professional. I am sure they will handle this case professionally," Popadic said immediately after the incident.
 
After the announcement of Popadic, the police took a statement from Arsic. He denied that he had threatened Popadic not to dispute that he had stopped him and talked with him about reporting to Radio Tivat.
 
The state prosecutor in Kotor pleaded Arsic's conduct not to have any elements of the criminal offense. Accordingly, as well as facts, the Security Department Tivat will file a misdemeanor report against Arsic for misdemeanor offenses on public order and peace.
 
The Union of Local Public Broadcasters of Montenegro strongly condemned the attack on the vice president of the board of directors of this association and director of Radio Tivat, Dragan Popadic.
 
One of the founders of ULES CG, a longtime member of the Steering Committee and a director of the local public broadcaster, a prominent journalist and publicist, reported to the police that a citizen for alleged media reporting attacked him.
 
"We appeal to the authorities to examine allegations and protect the freedom of information and the integrity of journalists, and we expect them to react adequately," ULES said in a statement immediately after the incident.
 
"It is unacceptable for journalists to cross the streets and threaten them on any ground. As a result, as in all similar or more serious situations that took place in Montenegro, we stand in defense of the profession and freedom of the media. Particularly note that this is not the first time that there are pressures on members of our association, directors, and journalists, whether verbal or through disseminating and submitting disinformation, "noted ULES.
 
"Considering that Popadic, as a representative of the ULES CG, is a member of the Working Group for Drafting the Law on Electronic Media, we propose that part of this document should be deported to guarantee the protection of the journalist profession and personality. We have for many years demanded the protection of citizens from the misuse of the media for various purposes,” according to a statement by ULES, signed by the Chairman of the Management Board of this organization, Dragic Rabrenovic.
 
"The Media Union and the Union of Information, Publishing and Graphic Activities have been worried about receiving the news of Radio Tivat's director, Dragan Popadic, and most strongly condemn this event," the two unions said on Saturday.
 
"And this case shows that despite many years of warnings from the UN, European Commission, foreign diplomatic representations and other relevant addresses, the security of journalists in Montenegro is steadily declining. At the same time, the number of attacks on journalists exponentially increases, as evidenced by the case in Tivat, where the director of one of the most successful Montenegrin local broadcasters fighting for independence and objectivity in reporting attacked local businessman Rado Arsic. Surprisingly, the attack did not occur because of dissatisfaction with the text or the reporting of this local broadcaster, but because of the interest of a court process in which this person is intensely involved.
 
This is enough to tell how much the environment in Montenegro is currently safe for independent journalists. The many years of tolerance of journalist attacks and weak results in detecting and prosecuting perpetrators create a climate in which the environment for independent journalism is completely jeopardized by warnings and all international representatives when speaking of media freedom in Montenegro.
 
The Media Union and the Union of Information, Publishing and Graphic Industries, therefore, ask the police and judicial bodies to prove that they will not tolerate the violence against journalists. They ask the state of Montenegro will show in practice that creating a safe environment for the journalistic profession is one of the fundamental prerequisites for the development of democracy," highlighted in a joint statement the Media Union and the Union of Information, Publishing and Graphic Activities.
17 Feb 2019, 22:12 PM

February 17, 2019 - On th second civic protest under the slogan "97,000 Odupri Se" (97,000 Resist), several thousand people gathered in Podgorica on Saturday, 16 February, and urged the resignations of President of Montenegro Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister Dusko Markovic, Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic, the Special State Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic and Director of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption Sreten Radonjic.

"The main cause for organized crime is the loud silence of state institutions on the occasion of the current scandal - the "Koverta" affair, which represents the paradigm of the situation in our society, which is only one of many that shake Montenegro," the organizers of the protest said.
 
In front of the building of the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and the Special State Prosecutor's Office, thousands of gathered citizens responded to the organizer's appeal and did not emphasize any national and party features. Instead, they carried the transparencies "We are a state," "Without freedom, there is no state," "Freedom to the people - stop crime," "Milo, does your family know you are a starlet?", "Bunt”...
Before the start of the protest, there was a minute of silence, followed by a whirling siren, which has been posted to all victims of the regime for the past 30 years. The actor Slavisa Grubisa as a free citizen said that "our freedom has no price and not being sold in the envelopes."
 
"We demand that the Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stankovic, Special State Prosecutor Milivoje Katnić and Agency for Prevention of Corruption Director Sreten Radnjić urgently resign. We demand the resignation of Prime Minister Dusko Markovic and President of the State Milo Djukanovic," Grubisa submitted initial protest requests.
 
Citizens embarked on a protest walk from the Supreme State Prosecutor's Office and then continued to institutions, to which the protest addressed - the buildings of the Central Bank of Montenegro, the Assembly, the President and the Central Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS). During the protest walks, citizens screamed "Milo, Thief," "Everyone on the Street," "DPS Thieves," "Resignations," "Milo, Liar," "We Want Justice," "Rise, People, Street of Liberty."
 
Former Liberal Alliance officer Dzemal Perovic said there was no "healthy tissue" in the government, claiming that the only healthy tissue in the Montenegrin society was in protest.
 
"Is it necessary to explain here tonight why we should resist? Do we have to say that they came as hooligans of a policy, led Montenegro into war, committed war crimes, smuggling, robbery privatization and all that we know in these 30 years," Perovic said.
 
He told the government representatives to "hate their bests" as they robbed us, cheat, sell and buy and "what's the most hurt, present us in the world."
 
"It is important to say Europe feels this shame, to know that normal people live here. We do not expect them to exploit European values. We have those values; we are demonstrating them here tonight. We are fighting for human rights, freedom, security, and dignity. From today, we are committed as Europe's partners," Perovic said, calling for unity:" Since we have set ourselves this magnificent goal, to free Montenegro from them (the ruling DPS and partner parties) and begin to root the system change, there is no difference between us tonight, or in the next gatherings. There are differences, we will articulate them when we build democratic institutions of the systems, which are not in Montenegro," said Dzemal Perovic, one of the members of the Organizing Committee.
 
One of the organizers of the protest, Jovan Gajevic, addressing the participants in front of the President's office, said: "It is time to act."
 
"We're normal, not them. It's the government who have no sense of responsibility and public interest, not us. They are who have no idea what they are doing, not us. They are those who lie, cheat and scorn themselves and the country they are kneeling, not us. They are the ones who steal us, not us, "Gajevic said. “They deserve to disappear from our public life," he said.
 
The protest walk continued to the DPS Headquarters in the Jovan Tomasevic Street. Miloš Krivokapić stated “We have to fight for freedom because we have a feudal system in the face. We are fighting for achievements the French bourgeois revolution in 1789."
 
"Have you forgotten that Svetozar Marovic has admitted that he is the leader of a criminal organization, and is now "under treatments" in Belgrade cafes? Crash in Montenegro is the best remedy for a guilty plea. Is that a proof that the reality of the wrongs is understandable and that the judiciary is going to fall?" Krivokapic said.
 
He pointed out that there are over 700 employees in RTCG, Railways, hundreds of employees at the Central Bank, Waterworks, Cleaners, Airports of Montenegro, Electricity Services ... Krivokapic emphasized that there were more than 97,000 reasons why power has to go and why a fundamental change of system is needed, with the change of government.
 
The protest march went back to the prosecutor's office via the Millennium Bridge.
 
After returning to the Prosecutor's Office, Denis Mekic said the regime led to the collapse of northern Montenegro, whereby DPS "satellites" - representatives of the Bosniak Party and other "satellite parties" helped them.
 
"Let's not forget why we do this. Today there are 10,000 citizens here. We will be persistent. As long as necessary, we will return to our Street of Freedom," Mekić said.
 
"We call on citizens and all progressive forces of society to actively engage in formulating and designing specific demands and actions to root the changes of the system. We are investigating the achievement of our goal, all available forms of nonviolence and civil disobedience," one of the organizers, actor Slavisa Grubisa, said.
 
The protest has gone smoothly and in a positive atmosphere. The organizers announced the demonstration every Saturday until meeting the requirements.
 
16 Feb 2019, 00:08 AM

15 February 2019 - At its latest session, the Government of Montenegro passed the Draft Law on the Ratification of the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO and sent it to Parliament for adoption under the shortened procedure.

The rationale of the proposed law states that, by reaching a historic agreement with Greece on the new name in June 2018, the integration of the Republic of North Macedonia into NATO, after many years of stagnation, marked significant progress and at the NATO Summit in July 2018, Macedonia was invited to start accession talks with the Alliance. With the adoption of constitutional changes in the Parliament and the ratification of the Prespa Agreement by the Greek Parliament, the conditions for the signing of the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of North Macedonia to NATO were created at the North Atlantic Council meeting (NAC) on 6 February 2019.

The discussion, where several members of the Cabinet took part, highlighted the efforts, visionary and courage in the process of stabilising the situation in Macedonia and the opening of the European and Euro-Atlantic perspective of the country, as well as the continuous support that Montenegro has provided at the meetings between the two prime ministers Duško Marković and Zoran Zaev, as well as on other occasions. Montenegro wants, the discussion stressed, to be among the first NATO members to ratify the Protocol.

Prime Minister Duško Marković noted that Montenegro is pleased to express the desire for the friendly country to end the membership negotiations as quickly as possible and become the 30th member of NATO.

"Montenegro reaffirms the support it has provided to Macedonia, which will become an additional stability factor in the region and its Euro-Atlantic perspective," the Prime Minister concluded.

On the occasion of its session, the Government of Montenegro also adopted the Decision on the calculated value for public sector employees for 2019. After discussion with representatives of trade unions of Montenegro, the calculated value of the coefficient, as well as in previous years, was determined in the amount of 90 euros.

15 Feb 2019, 23:49 PM

14 February 2019 - Minister of Defence Predrag Bošković takes part in this year's first meeting of the North Atlantic Council at the level of Defence Ministers in Brussels. 

The meeting is addressing key challenges in the field of international security, bearing in mind the need to provide a comprehensive response to such challenges. The meeting also discussed the implementation of the guidelines from the last North Atlantic Council Summit in Brussels, as well as the next steps in fulfilling the critical tasks that are being undertaken to provide continuous improvement of the collective defence system. The defence ministers of the NATO member states stressed the firm commitment and unity of the Alliance in the control of arms, disarmament, and prohibition of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, as essential segments that contribute to the preservation of Euro-Atlantic security. 

Minister Bošković stressed that Montenegro continues to firmly implement the Alliance's policies since the unity of all allies is an important prerequisite for preserving the security of their citizens and territory from any possible threats. Speaking about NATO's readiness and capability to adapt to the needs of the changed security environment, the Minister commended the progress made so far in the process of NATO's command structure adaptation, which will enable the quick response to all kinds of potential challenges. Bošković stressed that Montenegro supports the efforts of the Alliance in maintaining peace and stability, and reminded that our country sent a reconnaissance division to the Latvia multinational battalion battle group last year as a sign of its contribution to the Enhanced Forward Presence in the East (eFP). 

Minister Bošković also met with Minister of National Defence of the Republic of Turkey, General Hulusi Akar. 

He thanked General Akar for Turkey's comprehensive support to the reform of the defence system of Montenegro, especially in the field of modernisation of the Armed Forces of Montenegro. Bošković stressed the importance of implementing the Intergovernmental Agreement on the supply of uniform for the needs of the Ministry of Defence of Montenegro for five years, according to which the camouflage uniforms of the members of the Armed Forces of Montenegro were renewed last year. The Minister announced the continuation of the project in this year too. Bošković and Akar discussed the possibilities of restoring the capacity of the Montenegrin Navy, as well as the education of Montenegrin staff in Turkey. Both sides agreed that the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the Western Balkans is crucial for establishing long-term peace in this part of Europe.

13 Feb 2019, 17:21 PM

13 February 2019 - North Atlantic Treaty Organization Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, in Brussels said it is encouraging the Alliance has members such as Montenegro is, and emphasized that NATO enlargement within the Western Balkans has strengthened the Alliance.

“North Atlantic Treaty Organization enlargement within the Western Balkans strengthened the Alliance, and I am glad to see that. Also, NATO enlargement enabled stabilization of the Western Balkans and encouraged many countries to join the Alliance, such as Montenegro did, as well as North Macedonia which is to join NATO soon,” noted Jens Stoltenberg.

“There are numerous challenges and issues, but it’s encouraging to have Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, Montenegro and soon north Macedonia as our member states,” concluded NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg.

Stoltenberg is looking forward to meeting NATO defense ministers tomorrow, including Montenegro defense minister, Predrag Bošković.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović is currently on his visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, and he also spoke at the Aspen Institute in Berlin on the topic of Montenegro's European Union and NATO integration.

"The past year was very successful for the Western Balkans in terms of integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures," the Minister said, pointing out that the only stable and safe Western Balkans contributes to the sustainability of Europe's development and security architecture. 

He pointed to the need and importance of a strong presence of the European Union and the Alliance in the region as key drivers of reform processes. 

Furthermore, Minister Darmanović met in the Bundestag with Chairman of the Committee of EU Affairs Gunther Krichbaum, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Norbert Röttgen, as well as members of the Parliamentary Group for South East Europe. 

13 Feb 2019, 17:15 PM

13 February 2019 - On the second day of his visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović spoke at the Aspen Institute in Berlin on the topic of Montenegro's European Union and NATO integration.

"The past year was very successful for the Western Balkans in terms of integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures," the Minister said, pointing out that the only stable and safe Western Balkans contributes to the sustainability of Europe's development and security architecture. 

He pointed to the need and importance of a strong presence of the European Union and the Alliance in the region as key drivers of reform processes. 

Furthermore, Minister Darmanović met in the Bundestag with Chairman of the Committee of EU Affairs Gunther Krichbaum, Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs Norbert Röttgen, as well as members of the Parliamentary Group for South East Europe. 

The meetings expressed interest in continuing cooperation with the Bundestag. The Minister also pointed to a full commitment to reforms in key areas. 

Minister Darmanović encouraged further intensification of parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.

We remind you that during the first day of his visit, Minister Darmanović met with his German counterpart Heiko Maas.

"Montenegro is grateful to the Federal Republic of Germany for continuing assistance to the fulfillment of our strategic foreign policy priorities - full membership in NATO and progress in the process of EU accession," Minister Darmanović said, adding that Montenegro's commitment to meeting the Alliance's key tasks and the criteria for membership in the EU is unquestionable.

Minister Darmanović also talked with Foreign Policy Adviser to the Federal Chancellor Jan Hecker. The Minister expressed his belief that the future of the Western Balkans is in the EU, and stressed that the success of the enlargement policy is the basis of the long-term stability and security of the region. Both sides pointed out the importance of the European integration process for the further development of the countries of the Western Balkans.

12 Feb 2019, 23:10 PM

11 February 2019 - Minister of Foreign Affairs Srđan Darmanović is paying a working visit to the Federal Republic of Germany, at the invitation of German Minister of Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas. 

During the first day of his visit, Minister Darmanović met with his German counterpart Heiko Maas. "Montenegro is grateful to the Federal Republic of Germany for continuing assistance to the fulfillment of our strategic foreign policy priorities - full membership in NATO and progress in the process of EU accession", Minister Darmanović said, adding that Montenegro's commitment to meeting the Alliance's key tasks and the criteria for membership in the EU is unquestionable. 

Minister Darmanović noted that that German political and expert support in key areas - the rule of law, the fight against organised crime and corruption, judicial system reforms, media freedom, and the strengthening of the security and defence sector - is of particular significance for our country. Furthermore, he pointed to the possibility of stronger economic connectivity, stressing that "Montenegro is very open for a greater presence of German capital in our market and full valorisation of potentials for economic cooperation between the two countries." 

Minister Maas said that Germany will continue to provide full support to the reform processes and integration of Montenegro into the EU. "Your place is in the European Union, and if you continue this way, success is guaranteed," he said. Maas stressed that Germany strongly supports the European perspective of the countries of the region and that, in order to strengthen the stability of the whole of Europe, it is crucial that the door of the Union is open. "The Western Balkans is an integral part of Europe, and in that sense, Germany's support is clear and very strong," Maas emphasised. 

Minister Darmanović also talked with Foreign Policy Adviser to the Federal Chancellor Jan Hecker. The Minister expressed his belief that the future of the Western Balkans is in the EU, and stressed that the success of the enlargement policy is the basis of the long-term stability and security of the region. Both sides pointed out the importance of the European integration process for the further development of the countries of the Western Balkans.

09 Feb 2019, 21:40 PM

February 9, 2019 - The municipality of Tivat stays in favor of using Ponta Seljanovo beach as a public city beach and a well-appointed swimming area accessible to everyone, the Municipality announced. 

The Secretary for Spatial Planning and Sustainable Development Tamara Furtula reminded that the Municipality of Tivat, on several occasions, delivered an opinion to the Sea Property Public Company (Morsko Dobro) about the status of Ponta Seljanovo.
 
"Taking into account the interest of the citizens of Tivat, the attitude of the Municipality is to complete the project together with the Sea Property on the realization of the arrangement of Ponta Seljanovo, modeled on the realization of the project of the Pine promenade. Considering that this is one of the most visited beaches in the summer and that it is the only natural beach with all the benefits, we remain in the position that it should remind a public area and a well-appointed swimming area available to everyone," Furtula pointed out.
 
The Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism submitted to the Municipality of Tivat the opinion of the Proposal of the Atlas of Montenegrin beaches and bathing places. According to this document, Ponta Seljanovo consists of two parts, which include bars with terraces, and areas with deck chairs. It is one location divided into two areas - 5A and 5B area of 105m2 each. The part named 5A is the area around the lighthouse, and the area 5B is a space that extends from cypress trees to the ramp for impaired movement and wheelchair users.
 
At the 5A, Sea Property planned a beach bar area of 30 square meters with a terrace of 50 square meters, and a space for setting up mobile, which would fill half of the 5A area. At the 5B beach, Sea Property planned to set up a bar object of 10 square meters with a terrace of 30 square meters and 50% of the space for setting up deck chairs and parasols.
 
"The Tivat Municipality's attitude towards the 5A beach is such that this swimming area remains as a public city beach without setting up beach equipment and the planned beach facility with a terrace. Also, the attitude of the Municipality regarding this location is that in the next five years, the current Atlas, it will be accessible to all citizens and will not be subject to any lease, including investment. The municipality also asked for the bathing area 5B to change the mode so that the part closer to the 5A beach is without equipment and the other part with it. Also, we asked to exclude the setting up of a beach bar with a terrace because there is a restaurant in the background of the object," Furtula said.
 
The President of the Municipality of Tivat, Dr. Sinisa Kusovac organized a meeting with the representatives of the Sea Property on the theme of Ponta Seljanovo.
 
"At the meeting, we requested changes to the Atlas of Montenegrin beaches and swimming areas, and the observations of the Municipality of Tivat will be respected. This meeting concluded that our Communal Company would take over the management of the 5A beach area and that it would be a public beach without planned beach bars with a terrace. We insist on this, and we hope that the Sea Property will meet the Municipality of Tivat demands," concluded Furtula.
 
Before the deadline, the Municipality of Tivat submitted to the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Sea Property the opinion on the Atlas of Montenegrin Beaches, Furtula said.
 
Last year in May, there was a civil protest against privatization of Ponta Seljanovo, organized by the informal civic initiative Bokobran, which gathered a few hundred citizens of Tivat and other Bokelian cities. At that moment, the Municipality of Tivat was conducting the public hearing on Environmental Impact Assessment for the project of the beach resort the company Sea Trade planned to build at Ponta Seljanovo. That project was not designed following the spacial and technical demands the Municipality delivered in advance. 
 
07 Feb 2019, 23:20 PM

07 February 2019 - The open call for grants under the 2nd call for proposals for the 2014-2020 cross-border cooperation programme Montenegro – Kosovo was published on 15 January 2018 and will last until 15 April 2019, as noted by the Government of Montenegro. 

For all interested parties, the application package is available on site of the Government of Montenegro.

Information sessions for 2nd Call for proposals will be held in Kosovo and Montenegro in the following schedule: 

Kosovo: 

Đakovica, 26 February 2019, Hotel "Carshia e Jupave" Agenda

Peć, 27 February 2019, Hotel Dukagjini Agenda

Montenegro: 

Kolašin, 28 February 2019, Four Points by Sheraton Hotel Agenda

Ulcinj, 1 March 2019, The Long Beach Hotel Agenda

If you want to participate in events that will be organised in Kosovo, please confirm the participation of your organisation/institution by sending a completed application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Tuesday, 19 February 2019 by 3 PM at the latest. 

If you want to participate in the events that will be organised in Montenegro, please confirm the participation of your organisation/institution by sending a completed application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Thursday, 21 February 2019 by 3 PM at the latest.

During October 2018 Defence Minister Predrag Bošković met with Kosovo's Minister of Defence Rustem Berisha, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj, and President Hashim Thaci.

Defence ministers Bošković and Berisha emphasised that this visit is the cornerstone of the future improvement of the defence cooperation between Montenegro and Kosovo, but also another significant indicator of readiness to contribute to the continuous development of good neighbourly relations, as well as the preservation of stability and peace in the entire region.

07 Feb 2019, 23:14 PM

06 February 2019 - The Government of Montenegro has recently adopted the Decision on the opening of the Consulate of Montenegro in Durban, South Africa, headed by Vidoje Čavor.

Durban is the third most populous city in South Africa—after Johannesburg and Cape Town—and the largest city in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal. Located on the east coast of South Africa, Durban is famous for being the busiest port in the country. It is also seen as one of the major centres of tourism.

"The headquarters in Durban and the consular jurisdiction for the entire territory of the South African Republic will give a new impulse to strengthen the relations of the two countries and further protect the interests of Montenegrin citizens in that territory," the Government stated in a recent report.

Also, the Government adopted a decision to appoint Vidoje Čavor as honorary consul of Montenegro in Durban, South African Republic, with jurisdiction over the entire territory of the South African Republic.

Opening the Consulate in Durban is an important step in further strengthening bilateral relations between the South African Republic and Montenegro.

The Government hopes that Čavor’s outstanding professional experience and knowledge of Montenegro will significantly contribute to fulfilling the common goals and achieving further progress in economic, social and cultural cooperation.

The Consulate in Durban will be opened with the goal to strengthen relations between Montenegro and the South African Republic. The Consulate will provide assistance and services to the Montenegrin citizens in the South African Republic related to consular matters. 

06 Feb 2019, 22:24 PM

05 February 2019 - Balkan countries should create a joint tourism offer for tourists from distant countries, said Pavle Radulović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, and Ambassador of Macedonia, Mihajlo Trpkovski, at the meeting of the two officials.

By developing joint tourism promotional offers, Montenegro and Macedonia can exploit untapped opportunities to boost bilateral and inbound tourism to both countries, officials from both sides agreed.

Joint Tourism Offer of the Balkans 2

The Ambassador of Macedonia suggested a twinning project between some of the Montenegrin and Macedonian cities. According to the report by the Ministry, Trpkovski said that the Ohrid Lake in Macedonia is extremely valorised by the tourists and that Montenegro should consider connecting this tourist destination with Skadar Lake and thus creating a joint tourism offer.

Radulovic announced that if there is no unity around the Balkan region's tourist offer, an attractive offer cannot be created in the first place. "This is especially true for guests from far countries who expect to visit as many locations during their stay in the Mediterranean," said Radulović. According to him, the inhabitants of large countries are by nature nomads, and until this concept is understood, the countries will not be able to make a high-quality tourism offer.

Joint Tourism Offer of the Balkans

The officials concluded that strong and strategic relations binding the Balkan countries could be the foundations for cooperation in various fields, including tourism. The countries can, therefore, promote their tourist destinations through innovative joint programmes.

Radulović and Trpkovski highlighted the need for the two governments to help further stakeholders to design effective and practical programmes that allow Montenegrin and Macedonian citizens to visit each other’s countries.

The interlocutors also talked about extending the Agreement on Environmental Cooperation as well as on pollution control models, especially in large cities.

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