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Podgorica, Montenegro (6 January 2018) — Prime Minister Duško Marković said in an interview with Podgorica-based Dnevne novine daily that Montenegro chose European integrations in 2006 and that it has made the most progress compared to the countries of the region. He added that Montenegro pulled the other countries of the region towards the European Union, stressing that unlike some of the countries of the region, it has long had no dilemmas in choosing the strategic direction and that it do not allow anyone to place it within any packages…
Podgorica, Montenegro (6 January 2018) — Prime Minister Duško Marković said in an interview with Podgorica-based Dnevne novine daily that Montenegro chose European integrations in 2006 and that it has made the most progress compared to the countries of the region. He added that Montenegro pulled the other countries of the region towards the European Union, stressing that unlike some of the countries of the region, it has long had no dilemmas in choosing the strategic direction and that it do not allow anyone to place it within any packages.
“This year, by entering into an intensive process of closing negotiating chapters as the final phase of our EU accession, we will confirm the vision of the Montenegrin authorities in 2006 that membership in the European Union is the best answer to our challenges. We clearly outlined our vision in a referendum and confirmed it through the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This is another victory of Montenegro and confirmation of the correctness of our vision that Montenegro belongs to the family of European peoples and countries,” said Prime Minister Duško Marković.
He added that it seems strange to him to listen and read about those who now begin saying that the Western Balkans belongs to the European Union and that there is no stability of the European Union without the Western Balkans.
“We started our integration path 12 years ago. I remember how Montenegro suffered because it was the country to tie its fate to the European Union. In parallel, we, as the bearers of European politics and European ideas in Montenegro, were said to be ‘traitors’, ‘criminals’, ‘mercenaries’, and that Montenegro was a ‘non-viable state’. They wanted to unhinge us and place us within some other federations and political projects. Some from outside Montenegro did not want us in Europe as well. And we did not believe them. We forced Europe to give us a chance. We were the ones to pull this region to Europe. We preserved the European perspective of the region. We were the ones who wrestled with the resistance of those who were slowing down the process out of personal interests trying to make both the integration and the Government indecisive in order to create space for new grants for them. Because of all this, today, when we are in the final stage of the process, we do not accept initiatives that would make us equal to the countries that expressed European commitment, but retained some unreasonable dilemmas about it. Montenegro has long had no dilemmas! It is irreversibly on the path of European integration and the Western system of values. That is why we do not let anyone place us in any packages. Our position is firm and unchangeable: Montenegro, which has far advanced in the process, cannot be evaluated in the same way as the countries that are only in the beginning! I want to make it clear that the European perspective belongs to them and Montenegro, as the first next member of the Union, will be standing in solidarity with them and strongly advocate for the European perspective of all the countries in our region,” the Prime Minister of Montenegro pointed out.
Citizens do not support opposition’s anti-state policy
When asked whether he sees the upcoming presidential and local elections in several municipalities as a chance for further strengthening of democracy in Montenegro or he believes that there will be more forces to see the elections as an opportunity for new attempts to destroy the State and the system, Prime Minister Marković noted that the recent local elections in the four municipalities have once again confirmed the leading political position of the Democratic Party of Socialists and showed that most citizens recognise the politics of that party as credible.
“On the other hand, it has been shown that, despite the unprecedented pressure of a part of the opposition to voters and our activists on the ground, citizens do not support the anti-state policy. However, despite the fact that recent elections have showed that the opposition’s irresponsible and destructive attitude towards the Parliament and its obligations made it only a loser, it would be naive to expect that it would abandon the current policy. In the absence of programmes and ideas, in the absence of results and finally in the lack of credibility, and with clear indicators of Montenegro’s success both on international and national levels, the opposition continues its autistic policy. Unfortunately, apart from the partial breakdown of the boycott of parliament, there is no sign of maturity in that regard. That is why I expect the continuation of activities whose most recognisable forms will be the placement of false and populist phrases, attempts to fabricate affair and inciting incidents, denial, defamation and bringing into question what are undisputed successes of the Government,” said Prime Minister Marković.
He added that he does not doubt that the citizens will, in such circumstances, respond maturely and responsibly as they did so in more difficult times.
“Elections will be a new confirmation of the strengthening of democracy in Montenegro. To clarify: We have a media scene where there is almost no room for good news and affirmation of results. Opposition do not realise that the elections are an opportunity for competition, not for destruction, degradation of the State and its destabilisation. If you have a result that shows the maturity and responsibility of citizens, then it certainly represents a strong confirmation of democracy. Therefore, I am convinced that the content of the pre-election campaign will be the same as it was until now, but I am sure that this will not have serious consequences for the State and the system,” Prime Minister Duško Marković underscored in an interview with Dnevne novine daily.
Optimism based on achievements
The Prime Minister said that the optimistic projections for 2018 are based on the Government’s excellent economic results in 2017, which are facts that cannot be disputed.
“In terms of economy, 2018 is the year in which we want to confirm these results. In that respect, we see the developmental chances primarily in numerous projects in infrastructure, energy, tourism and agriculture. By working on the implementation of these projects, we will create new jobs, especially for young and educated people, and make our economy grow, thus contributing the overall development of the country. Our optimism is also based on what I see in daily meetings with citizens and the business community. The Government has earned the trust of both relevant international and partners from the domestic business community and, of course, the trust of citizens. The new optimism that follows our successes, as well as the confidence we have been showed, resulted from our policies and our visions,” Prime Minister Duško Marković underlined.
PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT
Source: Government of Montenegro