06 November 2018 - The President of Montenegro, Milo Đukanović, recently presented the bases of the Individual investment program at the 12th Global Residence and Citizenship Conference that is taking place in Dubai, hosted by Henley and Partners. Đukanović presented the ideas of Montenegro, in the context of introducing the program of economic citizenship based on attracting foreign direct investments.
“Our goal is to further enhance and generate interest of new investors who can be a candidate for Montenegrin citizenship by investing in Montenegro. The vital interest of Montenegro is to implement this Program in such a way that using the experiences of other countries eliminates all the risks that its implementation might pose. The program will allow applications to those persons who have proved credibility in the personal and professional sense, and it will allow inflow of funds that have a legal origin,” said Đukanović.
He added that every program can be long-term and stable provided that both sides can see the benefits of mutual cooperation. The interest of the state is to enhance development, create new jobs, reduce the foreign trade deficit.
“The implementation of this Program will enable a more efficient and more transparent procedure of granting citizenship to investors. This will create tighter bonds between quality investors and Montenegro, since, as 'goodwill ambassadors', they will promote its economic potentials and interests,” said President Đukanović.
Individual investment program, as he points out, must enable high-quality use and better valorization of natural resources for the state and local communities.
“Developed economic and political values, together with our constant efforts to strengthen them further, are our legitimacy to have an open invitation for investors to start their business in Montenegro. Briefly, the invitation is open for everybody who is ready to create our future with us,” noted President of Montenegro.
He also spoke about the current geographical position of Montenegro and pointed out the efforts it put in the improvement of its business environment and strengthening the economy. Planned infrastructure projects and economic and financial indicators confirm that country's progress and growth is not accidental. In the future, stable and dynamic growth is expected.
During the conference, Đukanović spoke to the operation director of Henley & Partners Co. and they exchanged their opinions about the improvement of Montenegro and about the advantages of this programme.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
06 November 2018 - The prime ministers of Montenegro and Finland, Duško Marković and Juha Sipilä, agreed at the working meeting, which took place in Helsinki, that Montenegro has made strong progress in the European integration process and that the process will be continued with the full support of Finland, which will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2019.
Prime Minister Marković welcomed the merit-based approach depending on concrete results achieved by each individual country, adding that, in addition to Finland’s support, Montenegro also expects the support of other Nordic countries.
The Prime Minister of Finland said that Montenegro has made significant progress over the past ten years, highlighting that it has done the best job in the region, which, in his words, is clearly visible. Prime Minister Sipila expressed his Government's position that Montenegro is welcomed into the European Union once it has fulfilled the necessary standards.
Prime Minister Marković informed his Finnish counterpart about the comprehensive economic reforms the Government of Montenegro has undertaken with a view to achieving fiscal consolidation, as well as the numerous development projects that are being implemented with the aim of raising the living standards of citizens and a higher quality of life.
The Prime Minister of Finland noted that Montenegro is now a very attractive investment destination, while Prime Minister Marković stressed that the country has seen obvious democratic and development transformation, in particular after joining NATO and achieving significant progress in the context of EU membership.
The Prime Minister expressed his gratitude to Finland for supporting the EU integration of the Western Balkans, thus contributing to the stability of Europe. "The European perspective should be open to the entire region. This strengthens democracy throughout the region," PM Marković said.
Speaking about the process of Montenegrin European integration, the Prime Minister said that Montenegro made a major step forward in the rule of law and in all significant areas during the negotiations with the European Commission in the past six years.
PM Marković said that the Government of Montenegro believes that the Grand Committee, which has the power to make decisions on all issues of Finland's participation in the European Union, will contribute to Montenegro's progress in the integration process by supporting the enlargement policy.
PM Marković also expressed the belief that the Finnish EU presidency will mark a new phase in the negotiating process of Montenegro, which is precisely the opening of negotiation chapters.
"These talks aim not only to bring Montenegro closer to the EU but also to gain a higher level of trust in Montenegro and new partnerships for Montenegro on its path to the EU," Prime Minister Duško Marković concluded at the end of his working visit to the Republic of Finland.
05 November 2018 - The traditionally good and friendly relations fostered by Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina are a significant contribution to the overall regional cooperation and the process of European integration of the Western Balkan countries, secretaries-general of the governments of Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina stressed at the meeting that took place in Podgorica.
Secretary-General of the Government of Montenegro Nataša Pešić hosted Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina Robert Vidović. The meeting was an opportunity to exchange knowledge and experience in the field of strategic documents adoption and coordination of the work of all services at the Government level.
Secretary-General Pešić pledged the Montenegrin Government's commitment to continuing to promote good neighbourly relations with a view to strengthening stability and encouraging the progress of this part of Europe.
"As the youngest member of NATO and the country that is closest to EU membership, Montenegro is determined to provide full support to its neighbours in implementing comprehensive reforms and to share knowledge and experience gained from the restoration of independence. I am convinced that by strengthening cooperation we can contribute to better and faster reforms in our countries and the entire region of the Western Balkans," the Secretary-General said.
Secretary-General Vidovic thanked Ms Pešić for the excellent cooperation and support provided by the Montenegrin Government, especially in the context of the EU accession process. He pointed out that the fundamental reforms and good results of the Montenegrin institutions and negotiating team are very valuable inputs for the institutions of Bosnia and Herzegovina in pursuing their European path.
Both sides emphasised the importance of strengthening cooperation between the two governments in the areas of drafting and implementing strategic documents, in particular in the context of public administration reform and the EU accession process. They agreed that the adoption of European standards and values that lead to a better quality of life of citizens is a common goal of all countries in the region, and it is important to improve dialogue and cooperation in the region in order to attain these goals.
03 November 2018 - Montenegro is a source of stability, in the region and beyond its borders, said Alison Kemp, the Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Montenegro.
The UK welcomes sMontenegro’s role and contribution in the Balkans amid political turmoil in the region, which happens in Serbia, Kosovo, Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“Montenegro is a source of stability, in the region and beyond its borders: as the NATO member state and the leader in the process of EU integration, as the participant in NATO-EU-UN missions and as an example of patient and consistent settlement of bilateral disputes. However, this does not mean Montenegro is not facing challenges such as the need for further strengthening of the rule of law and sustainable economic development. The process of EU integration represents an effort to overcome these challenges so that the country’s position shouldn’t be questioned in the next wave of the EU enlargement,” noted Kemp.
As for the UK, she added, Montenegro is perceived as a NATO ally and the two nations have been forging close ties. The UK will be fully involved in the EU activities while being its member state.
“Also, we will continue providing support to Montenegro, especially in the context of your aspirations towards the EU. The EU accession process is intensive and quite challenging, created with the aim to ensure harmonization of Montenegrin standards with the EU practice and ideals. As for the rule of law, this year Montenegro will have concrete obligations denoted on several hundreds of pages with given detailed steps for the strengthening of the Montenegrin legal system,” concluded Kemp.
Kemp also said the two countries are not just allies but partners and friends, and that Montenegro is gradually getting rid of stereotypes while simultaneously being utterly intriguing to the Brits.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
02 November 2018 - Prime Minister Duško Marković recently hosted an inaugural visit of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Montenegro Artur Dmochowski.
Welcoming the Ambassador, the Prime Minister congratulated the 100th anniversary of the independence restoration which Poland celebrates this year.
Both sides noted that the two friendly countries have excellent political relations at all levels and that they see room for strengthening and deepening economic cooperation for mutual benefit. Prime Minister Marković expressed satisfaction with the last year's growth of the number of Polish tourists in Montenegro, while Ambassador Dmochowski pointed to the expected further growth after the Polish national airline LOT introduced the regular line Warsaw – Podgorica.
The Prime Minister thanked the Ambassador for the support of Poland to Montenegro in the processes of the Euro-Atlantic and European integration. The Ambassador of Poland assessed that Montenegro's accession to NATO contributed to the stabilisation of the region and expressed the full support of its country to Montenegro in continuing the process of the country's accession to the European Union, including expert and technical assistance.
Poland will, according to the Ambassador, try to use its participation in the Berlin process and the planned summit of the Prime Ministers in July next year in Poznan to contribute to the further economic progress of the countries of the region.
02 November 2018 - The Commissionaire for European Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, said it clearly – the forum for political discussion in Montenegro is Montenegrin Parliament. The Commissionaire was asked to comment on the announcement of the Civic Movement URA and the Democrats that they were going to form a non-institutional forum that would deal with electoral legislation.
“The Commissionaire expects that all political parties that support Montenegro's EU journey participate actively in the work of temporary assembly committee that has just been established,” said the representatives of Hahn’s office.
The Montenegrin Parliament adopted the decision on the formation of the Committee for the reform of electoral and other legislation that was formed with the aim of optimizing the overall environment in which the next election cycles will be held.
Just a couple of hours later in his Twitter post, Hahn welcomed the formation of this Committee and said he expected everybody’s engagement.
Ten hours after Hahn’s post, URA and Democrats did completely the opposite of the expectations of Hahn. Leaders of these two parties, Dritan Abazović and Aleksa Bečić announced the participation in the work of their own forum, that would consist of their advocates and would act outside the Parliament.
This way, they clearly neglected the requirements of Brussels, although it was not long ago when they presented their reform plans to the Commissionaire Hahn right at the EU headquarters.
Source: Cafe del Montenegro
01 November 2018 - Deputy Prime Minister Zoran Pažin congratulated Montenegrin state prosecutors on their crucial contribution to the observed results in the fight against organised crime and corruption in Montenegro in the past year, stressing that the expectations of the Government and the whole society are the highest level of responsibility, knowledge and professionalism in the work of state prosecutors.
Addressing the participants of the ceremony in Budva on the occasion of the Day of the Prosecutors of Montenegro, DPM Pažin pointed out that Montenegrin society undoubtedly appreciates the importance, ability and contribution of the prosecutorial organisation to the realisation of justice and security, since Montenegro in its Constitution guaranteed to the prosecutorial organisation not only autonomy in professional decision-making but also absolute independence from the Executive Authority.
DPM Pažin underlined that because of this systemic position of the prosecutorial organisation, to which the Constitution entrusted the highest degree of independence, the Government and the whole society have great expectations from state prosecutors.
"The reason for such expectations is simple because justice in Montenegro depends to a large extent from your independent behaviour and decision-making in the investigation, qualification and proving of criminal offenses," DPM Pažin stressed.
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his conviction that the Montenegrin Prosecutor's Office has sufficient leadership wisdom, persecution and professionalism that will justify these great expectations and hopes that the whole Montenegrin society lays in the prosecutorial organisation.
"Moreover, many of those present in this room have already proved that many times," DPM Pažin said.
DPM Pažin recalled that only during this year, the Prosecutor's office launched investigations against more than 100 persons for the criminal offenses of organised Crime and corruption, assessing that this enough speaks about the contribution of prosecutors in providing safe society, as a prerequisite for Montenegro’s progress.
Deputy Prime Minister Pažin highlighted other significant successes in the fight against crime that were achieved this year through the good cooperation of the Prosecutor's office with other state bodies.
Within good cooperation with the Police Directorate, property acquired through crime amounting to about 30 million EUR and illegal cigarettes worth over 10 million EUR were seized, while several tons of narcotics were prevented from entering Montenegro.
DPM Pažin estimated that by such convincing results, the state authorities sent a clear message that crime in Montenegro is not pay off.
DPM Pažin underlined, however, that the competent state authorities should not be satisfied with the achieved, as long as there are citizens, journalists, businessmen whose rights are violated and who rightfully expect from the state to protect their dignity and provide justice, in particular, if justice is awaited for a long time.
31 October 2018 - Prime Minister Duško Marković stated on the occasion of the Day of Prosecutors that Montenegro has registered striking examples in both the adoption and enforcement of laws that indicate that the government's clear vision has built and strengthened institutions as the foundations of the rule of law and that the State Prosecutor's Office, together with other democratic institutions and the legislation based on the European legal framework, shows the determination to provide protection for citizens and the State.
"At the end of the 19th and in the first years of the 20th century, the Montenegrin people began to feel the need to regulate their State through the first Constitution and the division of power, as the imperative of political and cultural upbringing of the entire society. The first state prosecutors' offices were established - by the entry into force of the Law on the State Prosecutor's Office, on 1 November 1934. Since then, we have registered striking examples in the adoption and enforcement of laws that indicate that our clear vision has built and strengthened institutions as the foundations of the rule of law. Nowadays, the State Prosecutor's Office, as a single body, together with other democratic institutions and legislation relying on the European legal framework, shows the determination to ensure the protection of citizens and the State," Prime Minister Duško Marković stressed in a letter to Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković.
Having extended his thanks for the invitation for tomorrow's ceremony on the occasion of the Day of Prosecutors, which, due to previously undertaken obligations, he is not able to attend, Prime Minister Marković said he is hopeful that all the authorities will continue to contribute to the State in line with their competence.
"This process is followed by the responsibility of all of us for the trust we have been shown. That is, after all, our Constitutional and moral obligation. For this reason, I am convinced that we will continue to contribute to our common, just and safe house - Montenegro," Prime Minister Marković's letter to Supreme State Prosecutor Ivica Stanković reads.
October 31, 2018 - The Act on Amendments to the Law on Expropriation, proposed by DPS deputies, provides the Government with more opportunities to declare something as public interest in order to deprive a person of property, shorten expropriation procedures; the owner of the property will be able to complain about the amount of compensation for the seized property, but it does not dispose of the expropriation procedure - and the one for which the land will be deprived of will be able to even get into the possession of that property before the validity of the expropriation decision.
October 30, 2018 - Italy strongly advocates for the enlargement policy and the European future of the Western Balkans. They see Montenegro, to which it has strong historical and cultural ties, as a future full member of the Union, and is ready to provide all the political and expert support to the achievement of that goal, it was announced during the meetings that Major Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević had in Rome.