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Montenegro: More voices raised against offshore oil exploration

The Non-Governmental Sector Affirmation Network (MANS) called on the Montenegrin Government to hire European experts and review the contract for oil exploration in the country’s coastal area instead of, as they point out, conducting completed negotiations. from the former regime.

A MANS statement noted that they were “surprised by the claims of Capital Investment Minister Mladen Bojanić that the former government had entered into a fair and legal oil exploration contract” and had defended the public interest although, as they say, any the other big deal was signed with corruption.

“The contract was not reviewed, and the public recently discovered that the work was given to companies registered only for the needs of the project, following the recipe used for the privatization of Kombinat aluminijuma, but also many other companies that were forced to go bankrupt. , ”Says MANS.

This organization asked if Minister Bojanić was “really naive enough to believe that the former ruling DPS party was not” financially involved “only in the oil business or had some other reasons and motives to fight so hard to continue the implementation of that dubious contract without any prior verification ”.

“We believe it is a question of whether Montenegro should endanger the tourism sector in an effort to find oil and quite another whether the new government should do so in the way and under the conditions set by the DPS,” MANS said. .

They call on the Government and Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić to urgently suspend the implementation of contracts with offshore companies linked to the former government and to hire independent experts in cooperation with the European Union to analyze and evaluate the work.

“Otherwise, a change of government can only mean a change of pockets in which the benefits of corruption flow, and not a sincere break with the practices of the previous regime promised by Krivokapić and all the parties that support it,” he said. MANS.

Organizations and other citizens have previously expressed their opposition to oil and gas exploration in the Montenegrin coastal area, claiming that such activities would jeopardize the already unsafe tourist season. Some of them demand that citizens vote for the use of oil and gas near the coast through a referendum.

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