Montenegro: The EU is not complete without the Western Balkans

The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, met today in Villa Gorica with the Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the Federal Province of North Rhine-Westphalia, Federal Republic of Germany, Stefan Holthof-Fertner.

Prime Minister Krivokapić welcomed the extraordinary bilateral relations, which are characterized by intensive cooperation in all areas and levels. This is best evidenced by yesterday’s conversation, the second of this year, between the Prime Minister of Montenegro and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany once again expressed full support for the reform of Montenegro , the European way.

Prime Minister Krivokapić once again expressed his condolences and solidarity with the citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, especially in the Rhine-Westphalia area, which was most affected by this year’s catastrophic floods. He reminded the senior guest of the decision of the Government of Montenegro, which showed readiness for full and concrete friendly support to Germany and the citizens of the endangered areas.

The Prime Minister stressed that the Government is fully committed to reform activities and that a strong political will has matured in Montenegro for an uncompromising, institutional fight against corruption, organized crime and the rule of law reform in general.

“Given that for the first time in the history of Montenegro, a government was replaced by democratic, electoral means, we can say that, in the political sense, Montenegro has been liberated. But we are aware that we are in a democratic transition and that democracy and pluralism still need to live in all segments, heads and pores of our society. Montenegro must demonstrate justice, democracy and tolerance. Ancestors spoke of “coexistence”, our goal is one step further – the transcendence of diversity through a process of true inclusion. My wish and my decision was for the Government to be an Government of experts, a Government with a citizen orientation. This was the historical need of all Montenegrin citizens, “said Prime Minister Krivokapić.

Speaking about the recent events in Cetinje, with which the wider European public is familiar, the Prime Minister said that it was just another illegal and extra-institutional attempt by the opposition forces to destabilize Montenegro and slow down the progress of towards the rule of law, towards the state of justice and social security.

“The intolerant approach imposed by the representatives of the former government aims to spread to the citizens and become a desirable model of destructive, anarchist behavior.” But the citizens know the motives, goals and results of such behavior, and I firmly believe “Montenegro will be a different, truly European country in a few years,” Krivokapic said.

The Prime Minister stressed that political and normative reforms should be accompanied by economic reform and revival, and that Montenegro expects from Germany, as a strategic partner, new investments, especially in the fields of green economy and clean energy.

Minister Holthof-Fertner said that they fully understand the moment of reform in which Montenegro finds itself, as well as all the problems that the expert government of Prime Minister Krivokapić is facing.

“The road you have taken is difficult and long, but it is impressive that you are following it. Without the accession of the Western Balkan countries to the European Union, the EU is not complete either,” said Stefan Holthof Fertner.

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