RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Montenegro http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/rss.html me http://www.rtcg.me/img/logo.png RTCG - Radio Televizija Crne Gore - Nacionalni javni servis :: Montenegro http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/rss.html All parties to join the Working Group http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215391/all-parties-to-join-the-working-group.html European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Johannes Hahn said in an interview for ‘’Pobjeda’’ that all political parties should actively participate in the work of the Working Group that will deal with changes to electoral legislation. ]]> "We pay close attention to the events related to the assembly working group and look forward to its formation. This ad hoc parliamentary structure should start working as soon as possible as it has important and ambitious tasks ahead, including comprehensive electoral reform, the issue of political interference with the National Public Broadcasting Council, the removal of challenges related to the work of the State Election Commission and the Agency for fighting corruption, finding solutions for the election of members of the Judicial Council and solving local election issues,"Han said.

Referring to European integration, Enlargement Commissioneralso noted that the Western Balkans have never been higher in the European agenda, and that Montenegro should take advantage of that moment.

"This is a historic moment for Montenegro, the countries of the Western Balkans, the region and Europe. But now, it is up to Montenegro to take advantage of that moment. The upcoming elections for the European Parliament will not change that. As I have said on several occasions, the actual EU accession process is as important as the ultimate goal, which provides: cleaner water, better air and safer food,"Han said.

According to him, Montenegro has made good progress in accession negotiations. Opening chapters means getting into an intense work period.

"It remains now to open two chapters. Chapter 27 on Environmental Protection is currently in the Council of the EU in anticipation of the member states' agreements. In Chapter 8 on competition Montenegro is working to meet the conditions for opening up and it is now particularly important to make an independent state aid authority fully functional. But at this stage it is too early to say if this chapter could be open. Negotiations will continue on the basis of their own merits. That's why now the ball is in the hands of Montenegro,"Han said.

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ASK: 3 million euros paid to the parties http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215392/ask-3-million-euros-paid-to-the-parties.html In the first half of this year, EUR 3.062.2017 was paid to political entities from state and local budgets, the Anti-Corruption Agency (ASK) said. ]]> "Out of the total planned funds for the first half of the year, EUR 2,124,997 was paid to state entities and EUR 937,209 at the local level. Financial liabilities to political entities are regularly settled by the Ministry of Finance and 10 municipalities," ASK said.

The Agency controls the financing of political entities in accordance with the Law on Financing Political Entities and Electoral Campaigns, which includes, inter alia, the prescribed manner of allocating and securing financial resources for financing the regular work of political subjects from public sources. Pursuant to the provisions of that law, the Ministry of Finance and local government bodies transfer funds to the political entities to finance their regular workon a monthly basis.

The total planned state and local budget funds for the financing of the regular work of political entities in 2018 amounts to € 6,351,313, or € 3,175,655 for the period from 1 January to 30 June.

"This amount does not include funds for the funding of employees in MP clubs and the provision of business premises for the needs of political entities which are provided by the Assembly of Montenegro and the Municipal Assemblies or the body responsible for property affairs,"it was said in ASK's statement.

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I expect an agreement between the Government and trade unions http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215260/i-expect-an-agreement-between-the-government-and-trade-unions-.html Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic expects the government and trade unions to agree on the issue of the Draft Law on Amendments to the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance (PIO) and that radical moves won’t be necessary. ]]> "I am optimistic that a solution will be found between the competent Ministry and the Government on the one hand and unions on the other, and that Montenegro will continue to develop in a coherent economic and democratic way," Djukanovic told reporters after the opening of the Ministerial Conference entitled The Foundation of the Future.
The Union of Free Trade Unions (USSCG) and the Union of Trade Unions (SSCG) announced earlier that they will petition for calling a referendum if their joint proposal to the Draft Law on PIO is not accepted. The unions also announced the possibility of organizing protests or a general strike, unless the parliament supported the initiative to call a referendum.
 Djukanovic said he was an optimist and believed that there would be no need for any radical moves.
"I believe that there will be no need for anything that would call into question the very important quality of Montenegrin society today, which is a social-political and security stability," Djukanovic said.

He said that, as prime minister, he often had the opportunity to face such problems.

"I understand the position of the trade unions and their desire to protect what are labor interests. Sometimes these interests do not coincide with what is the strategy of future economic and social development of the country, "said Djukanovic.

 

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The movement of the dollar can not endanger the banking system http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215261/the-movement-of-the-dollar-can-not-endanger-the-banking-system.html The US dollar movements can’t jeopardize stability of the Montenegrin banking system, as share of dollar-denominated lending is small and negligible, said the governor of the Central Bank of Montenegro, Radoje Zugic,. ]]> At the meeting of the Central Bank Governors’ Club of the Central Asia, Black Sea Region and Balkan Countries held in Bucharest on 19-21 September, he said that the interest rates that are higher in the United States than in the European Union (EU) and Japan, the extremely low unemployment rate, and the strong growth recorded this year contributed to the strengthening of the dollar.

"Its weakening is influenced by continued high levels of current account deficit, budget deficit and public debt in the US," said Zugic.          
 The CBCG reports that this year's Governor's Club meeting was devoted to issues related to monetary policy and financial stability, with a special emphasis on the impact of US dollar strengthening.
Meeting attendees agreed that it is very difficult to forecast US dollar exchange rates, having in mind the frequency of its movements recently.
 „The conclusion was that ddollar might affect financial stability and growth potentials, but we do not expect the long-term consequences, bearing in mind that a strong currency can have some other negative effects on the American economy.”- says the statement. 

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Highway will improve our path towards EU http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215135/highway-will-improve-our-path-towards-eu.html The Bar-Boljare highway will make Montenegrin economy move even more strongly on the integration path to Europe, said the Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of Montenegro and Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Milutin Simovic. ]]> Simovic opened the building construction trade fair in Budva today.

Government of Montegero tweeted that he thanked the Minister of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China Li Ganjie on his visit, and on the support provided by the Government of the People's Republic of China in order to present China at this Fair as a partner country and as a country with which Montenegro has traditional friendly relations.

"Continuous trends in the growth of construction activity clearly show the growing interest of domestic and foreign investors in the Montenegrin market and confirm that the Government's efforts to improve the business environment bring concrete results in the direction of maintaining dynamic economic growth, creating new jobs and improving the quality of life of citizens," Simovic stressed.

He was particularly pleased with the fact that the bearer of the presentation of the People's Republic of China at this year's Fair, the Chinese company CRBC, is our partner and the main contractor for the construction of the first section of the Bar - Boljare highway.

The project for the construction of the highway significantly contributed to the growth of the Montenegrin economy, which was one of the largest in Europe last year.

Certainly, the most significant positive economic effects of the construction of the highway are expected after its completion and creating connections with key European transport corridors, markets and tourism zones.

"With more efficient and modern road connections we will make Montenegro a transport, logistics and trade hub in Southeast Europe and significantly improve traffic safety and security, reduce the number of traffic accidents and increase travel comfort. The highway will contribute to our economy moving even more strongly towards our integration path - to Europe!," Simovic emphasised.

The confirmation that the Government of Montenegro is on the right path are reports of relevant international institutions and organisations, primarily the International Monetary Fund, which in this year, the year of intensive works on the first section and planning of the construction of the next ones, noted that it had positive effect on the Montenegrin economy, the financial sector has been improved and macroeconomic prospects stabilized.

Simovic said that by organizing international events like this one, Montenegro also confirms that its economy is open to the global market and that it encourages competition, which creates quality and contributes to development.

"We are not advocates of protectionism and closure, but openness and partnership, which is best confirmed by investors from 113 countries operating in Montenegro," Simovic concluded and wished a lot of success to numerous participants of the Fair.

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With co-operation against Organized Crime http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215136/with-co-operation-against-organized-crime.html International judicial co-operation is key to combating organized crime, said President of the Supreme Court Vesna Medenica at the conference "Regional Judicial Co-operation: Achievements and Future Perspectives", organized by the Center for Democracy and Human Rights (CEDEM) in Podgorica. ]]> "Being a complex and narrowly specialized area, it requires knowledge of national, European and international standards, often the knowledge of foreign languages and good communication skills," explained Medenica.

Bearing in mind that the training program ‘’Euro 2’’ was adopted in April, she said that Montenegro has made a significant breakthrough in improving the knowledge of judges and their associates in this area.

Courts and state prosecutors, as judicial co-operation bodies, must maintain mutual trust in cross-border cases and good will to address all the challenges that may arise in the process of providing international legal aid to neighboring states and members of the European Union,"said Medenica.

She stated that the judiciary has contributed to the process of creating a national-normative framework with EU members through active participation in working bodies.

"The judiciary has acted proactively in the field of judicial co-operation and has timely noted that the application of EU legal instruments in this area will be a special challenge for judges and will increase their scope of work, which is why we need additional training in legal aid, both in civil and criminal parts of cases,"Medenica said.

She said she expects their professional support to further strengthen the efficiency and legal aid mechanisms.

"And that, through the advancement of reliable and cooperative judicial co-operation with other states, we will remove all obstacles in providing a decisive response to organized crime," Medenica added.

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"Criminal cannot overpower the state” http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215017/criminal-cannot-overpower-the-state.html The joint work of the Special State Prosecutor's Office (SDT) and the Special Police Department (SPO) is an example of achieving results by dedicated, teamwork, said Chief Special Prosecutor Milivoje Katnic during today's visit to the SPO. ]]> Director of the Police Administration, Veselin Veljovic, emphasized that he expects the focus of the special department's work to be directed against organized criminal groups, as well as illuminating murders and attacks on journalists.

As the police pointed out, it was noted that the Special Police Department, with the guidance and coordination of the competent Special State Prosecutor's Office, contributed to the safety and security of all citizens, by achieving significant results and together with other parts of the MUP and the Police Administration.
"Veljovic expressed support to the Special Police Department in future professional activities and the expectation that the focus of their work will be directed at preventing the activities of organized criminal groups, and in particular detection and cutting off  their criminal activities in the smuggling of narcotics," the UP said.
 The Director of the Police Administration said that he expected the SPO to work on resolving cases of murders and attacks on journalists and property of the media.
 "It is jointly concluded that the answer to organized crime must be provided by strong institutions, with the strengthening of cooperation, trust and team work, in preserving professional standards and strengthening interpersonal relations. It has been pointed out to certain weaknesses in our own ranks, with the need to eliminate these weaknesses, as well as individuals from the security system that violate the ethical principles and professional integrity of the members of the service," the police said.
Police also said that Katnic and Veljovic agreed that organized crime cannot overpower the strength of the state institutions, and that they would insist on the activities to fight crime, with the continuation of concrete actions with measurable results.

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The highway could cost 80 million more than expected http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/215018/the-highway-could-cost-80-million-more-than-expected-.html The Ministry of Transport and Maritime Affairs still cannot tell if the construction costs for the motorway’s priority section Bar- Boljare would increase, but they also do not deny the cost could be 10% higher than expected. ]]> The Ministry informed the newspaper Pobjeda that the contract on projecting and construction of the priority section Smokovac-Uvac-Matesevo includes the possibility of construction costs rise up to 10%.

As the contract specifies that the highway construction will cost the state €809 million, the cost rise may amount to €80.9 million.

“The costs might increase in case there’s a need for some changes, which is nothing unusual when it comes to such a large volume of work.” 

The Ministry also underlined that the procedure of defining the unpredictable construction works has been clearly determined through contract clauses.

The main contractor for the priority section of the highway is Chinese company CRBC. In June, Minister of Transport Osman Nurkovic requested from the head of the Chinese company a greater support in the part of the increase in the number of workers and equipment and logistics on the highway. He insisted that the CRBC, as soon as possible, complete the remaining obligations related to the preparation of the project documentation, in order to start talks on resolving these issues.

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Milos Radulovic is new commander of the SAJ http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214893/milos-radulovic-is-new-commander-of-the-saj.html New Commander of the Special Anti-Terrorism Unit (SAJ) is Milos Radulovic, who in the previous period served as the Police Chief in Bar, while the Deputy Commander of the SAJ will be Miodrag Drobac, who has had the position of an officer in the Special Police Unit, says the statement issued by the Police Administration. ]]> Radosav Ljeskovic and Mirko Banovic, who were commander and acting SAJ commander, according to the statement, will be assigned to other positions within the Police Administration.

As part of the personnel changes, Vasko Akovic, former head of one of the departments in the Persons and Objects Protection Sector, was appointed head of the Border Police Regional Center.

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Power lines obstacles to airplanes http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214891/power-lines-obstacles-to-airplanes-.html A large wildfire that broke out in the Rogami area is still active and has spread into an inaccessible terrain. ]]> There are several firefighters on the ground.

Commander of the Fire Brigade, Lazar Cadjenovic, told the TVCG that in the next few hours, the Air Force of Directorates for Emergency Situations will not be able to intervene, because the power lines are close to the fire, and the extinguishing fire from too high altitude will not give effect.

Ranko Rackovic from the Protection and Rescue Service of the capital said that the mitigating circumstance was that the wind stopped.

"One part of the wildfire has been placed under control, the other part of the fire has gone high up the hill. The terrain is inaccessible, and the two teams are on site and are doing everything in their power. I hope planes of the Ministry of the Internal Affairs will soon be included to help us to completely extinguish the fire, " Rackovic said.

The aggravating circumstance is, as he said, the fact that there are power lines on the hill that interfere with the operation of planes.

We recall that the fire brigade was sent to that location to prevent the spread of the fire. During the night, members of the Protection Service were on duty up to three hours after midnight and managed to defend all endangered houses.

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Army at the service of all citizens http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214637/army-at-the-service-of-all-citizens.html Minister of Defense Predrag Boskovic and Mayor of the Old Royal Capital Cetinje, Aleksandar Kascelan, today visited the Velestovo-Barjamovica road, at Cevo, where EngineerCompany of the Army of Montenegro performs construction works. ]]> In only a month, the Engineer Company has expanded and prepared for asphalting 8.2 of a total of 9.2 kilometers, which is of great importance for the lives of locals, as well as for more business entities from this area.

"This road is another example that the Army, in cooperation with the local community, the population and private businessmen, can do a great job that is, first of all, useful for people from the region," said Minister Boskovic.

He pointed out that last year the Army of Montenegro in the Cetinje Municipality had several significant construction projects regarding road infrastructure, its expansion and preparation for asphalting.

"We will not stop there. We will continue to work in other localities of the Cetinje Municipality. The army is ready to engage in every action and significant project of local self-government,"the minister said.

He reminded that in the past two years, members of the Army of Montenegro, especially its Engineers, engaged in supporting civil projects in the area of the capital city, Mojkovac, Danilovgrad, Berane, Plav …

"The entire army of Montenegro, not only its engineers, will be at the service of all citizens. This is one of the reasons why we continuously invest in its capacities,"said Minister Boskovic.

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SNP: Snap elections are the best solution http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214638/snp-snap-elections-are-the-best-solution.html The Socialist People's Party says that snap parliamentary elections are the best solution for exiting, as they state, a deep social and economic crisis. ]]> SNP Presidency member Miomir Vojinovic says that the DPS with its coalition partners has brought the state in such a crisis.

"We also believe that in such circumstances, a dialogue between the government and the opposition is necessary, in order to finally find the best model for a possible exit from the crisis," Vojinovic said.

"We continue to believe that the European Union has no alternative and that the democratization of society and membership in the modern family of advanced countries must be in the focus of all our efforts," Vojinovic said. 

He added that the SNP would continue to give its full political and every other maximum on this path, the path towards full EU membership.

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Government continues to support development projects http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214507/government-continues-to-support-development-projects-.html Prime Minister Dusko Markovic congratulated the citizens of Municipality of Zabljak – 17 September, saying that the Government will continue to support development projects, especially in the Northern region, which directly influence the raising of the living standards of citizens. ]]> Markovic hosted officials of Zabljak Municipality. President of the Municipality Veselin Vukicevic, President of the Municipal Assembly Vidoje Tomcic and Vice President of the Municipality Vasilije Jaksic informed the Prime Minister about the implementation of municipal projects, including the second phase of water supply reconstruction, reconstruction and construction of several roads, public garages and the city square.
“Noting that Zabljak regularly fulfills all obligations towards the employees, the state and the contractors and that it does not owe a single cent, the President of the Municipality thanked the Prime Minister for his commitment to the development of the Northern Region.”  informed the Government.
 Markovic, they add, concluded that in the past year Zabljak was one of the examples of successful projects and excellent cooperation with the Government aimed at improving the tourist offer, strengthening the local infrastructure and quality response to the needs of citizens. 

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Lawyers: Expert’s answers conflicting profession and logic http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214508/lawyers-experts-answers-conflicting-profession-and-logic-.html In the Podgorica High Court the trail on attempted terrorism on the 2016 parliamentary elections day has been continued. ]]> The IT expert Marko Lakic responded the questions made by the lawyer at the previous hearing concerning the examination of the witness Sasa Sindjelic’s phone.

Lawyers were dissatisfied with Lakic's responses, stating that they were opposing not only the profession but also logic.
 The trial will continue tomorrow, when Lakic will answer questions lawyers made today. 

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Thaci today with Djukanovic in Podgorica http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214267/thaci-today-with-djukanovic-in-podgorica-.html Kosovo president Hashim Thaci will come to a brief official visit to Montenegro today, where he will hold a working meeting with Montenegrin President Milo Djukanovic. ]]> As the website of the Kosovo President reports, Thaci and Djukanovic will discuss the Euro-Atlantic perspective of the Western Balkans countries, the process of dialogue on the normalization of relations between Kosovo and Serbia, the strengthening of peace and stability in the region, and further deepening of interstate cooperation.

"Good neighborly relations are the best message for integrating our region into the European Union," said Thaci's cabinet.

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For 10 years “Airports“ contributed the budget with 6.3 million Euros http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214266/for-10-years-airports-contributed-the-budget-with-63-million-euros-.html Montenegro has not been forced to choose the model for valorization of the Montenegrin airports by means of concession due to the state of public finances, but because it should bring the highest profitability, Finance Minister Darko Radunovic said. ]]> "In my opinion, this model will provide maximum profitability with the lowest risk and therefore it has entered the procedure," Radunovic said at press conference.

He did not want to comment on the assessment of the Social Democrats (SD) and the management of the Airports of Montenegro, claiming that with a loan of 100 million Euros in the 25 year period this company would earn between 400 million and one billion Euros.

"I cannot comment on the SD projection, but I can give you exact information. In the last ten years the Airports of Montenegro has paid a total of EUR 6.3 million in the form of a dividends. That is a good argument, " said Radunovic.

He believes that everything that the Government is trying to do about the valorization of the Montenegrin airports is an opportunity to increase the availability of Montenegro as a tourist destination.

"The main reason for the Government's decision to offer airports concession is the belief that this project will significantly and efficiently improve the level of services provided to airline companies and contribute to attracting new airlines and opening the market for new passengers," said Radunovic.

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Markovic: We invested in the safety of the citisens http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214177/markovic-we-invested-in-the-safety-of-the-citisens.html Two brand new multi-purpose helicopters Bell 412 Epi, intended for the Air Forces of the Armed Forces of Montenegro, arrived in Montenegro today. As stated by the Government, new aircrafts represent the most important equipment of our Army ever since we regained independence, and confirm Montenegro’s determination to strengthen its capacities within NATO. ]]> “On the occasion of NATO accession, we said that, in the group of the most developed and most powerful, we would be responsible member and strengthen the capacities of our Army in accordance with the needs of collective responsibility. We know that through such approach we are showing responsibility for the comfort and safety of our citizens, but also of our investors, tourists and anybody who comes to visit Montenegro for whatever reason,” said the Prime Minister Dusko Markovic.

As he said, the cost of three modern helicopters amounted to 30 million EUR. The aircrafts will be engaged in the searching and rescue missions, as well as for the various kinds of medical evacuations, while they will improve emergancy response capaties, as well as the level of security of tourists in Montenegro.

"Therefore, we have invested in ourselves and the security of our citizens," the Prime Minister said.

The Prime Minister also reminded of the already visible advantages and benefits of Montenegro's NATO membership.

The Prime Minister said that the reality is that the protection of the state sovereignty and integrity of the Montenegrin territory is guaranteed by the most powerful and the most developed countries of today, and that foreign investments and the number of tourists from these countries are growing, and it does not cost our citizens even one euro.

"For the cost of 70 cents per capita per year we have shown the world that Montenegro is a safe investment and tourist destination. And safety and security, more investments and tourists - mean better jobs for our citizens, better placement of products and long-term better quality of life," Prime Minister Dusko Markovic said.

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Airports are not run properly http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/214176/airports-are-not-run-properly.html Minister of Maritime Affairs and Transport Osman Nurkovic has announced today that the issue of the airport concession in Berane, Podgorica, and Tivat is politicized. ]]> At the round table organized regarding the public debate on the concession act for the Airports of Montenegro and the Draft Concession Agreement related to the airports of Berane, Podgorica, and Tivat, Nurkovic said that the situation at Podgorica and Tivat airports does not meet the needs of passengers and the economy, especially the tourist one. With the assessment that the issue was politicized, he reiterated that it was not about the sale of the airport, but leasing.

"The current situation in the airports does not meet the needs of the citizens, passengers or the economy, especially the tourist one. The need of the passengers has urgently imposed the need to do something in order to modernize the airports, expand the capacities and improve the conditions," Nurkovic said.

"The airports are not run properly, and revenue can be much larger compared to the current one," Nurkovic has said, adding that it is only speculation that airport will be sold.

"It is about the concession, about the grant of airport management for the period of 25 to 30 years. The property remains state owned and nothing is transferred, and the property that is being built during these time of period will be returned to the state," Nurkovic said.

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NATO membership doubled foreign investments http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/213918/nato-membership-doubled-foreign-investments-.html NATO membership doubled foreign investments ]]> Since it became NATO Member, investments of foreign investors from the states of the Alliance to Montenegro have doubled, said the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg.

“NATO makes billions of citizens across Europe and North America feel safe. Joining NATO means that you have 29 countries which take care of you and your safety. Safety is the foundation of prosperity and economic possibilities, and the proof of this is Montenegro. Since it joined the Alliance last year, foreign investments in Montenegro doubled”, said Stoltenberg at the press conference with Macedonian prime minister Zoran Zaev in Skopje, reports the Pobjeda newspaper.

Asked about the safety situation in the Western Balkans, Stoltenberg said that every enlargement of the Alliance contributes to the stability of the region.

"We have seen it in recent years, NATO enlargement and EU enlargement contribute to the peace, stability and prosperity of Europe, and of this region also. NATO members in the region are Slovenia, Croatia, Albania, and recently also Montenegro. We had to see it , every time NATO expanded, it led to stability and prosperity," Stoltenberg said.

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Montenegro has not yet been invited to discuss division of ex Yu properties http://www.rtcg.me/english/montenegro/213917/montenegro-has-not-yet-been-invited-to-discuss-division-of-ex-yu-properties-.html Montenegro has not yet received invitation for the meeting regarding the division of properties of the former Yugoslav People's Army (JNA) on September 13 in Belgrade. The ministry of Defense told so for the RTCG portal. ]]> Namely, at the meeting in Belgrade, representatives of the former republics of the SFRY should open negotiations on the division of property of the former JNA.

"The Ministry of Defense has not yet received an invitation for the meeting of the Inter-ministerial Working Group for the implementation of Annex A of the Succession Agreement that is to be held in Belgrade on September 13. If and when we receive an invitation, we will form a delegation that will best represent and defend the interests of Montenegro" states the Ministry.
According to Belgrade media the meeting should identify what military property includes, what is its value and what part of it each former republic requests.

Croatian experts at the Ministry of Defense have calculated that the value of assets of the former Yugoslav Army amounts to 70 billion dollars, of which Zagreb requires 10 billion - eight from Serbia and two from Montenegro.
From February, when the first meeting was announced in Belgrade, requests for more than 500 tanks, helicopters, canadairs were received from Zagreb. From Montenegro Croatia requests the return of the school ship "Jadran" and Rudolf Peresin’s MiG-21 .
Montenegrin Ministry of Defense said that their "attitude regarding "Jadran" school ship are known to the public".

At the recent celebration of the 85th birthday of the ship, Defense Minister Predrag Boskovic said that "Jadran" is Montenegrin and that it will remain in Montenegro.

The Ministry of Defense also noted that there are no MiG 21 aircrafts in Montenegro.

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