PM Marković: There is no dialogue on basis of personal perception and populist statements from parliamentary questions

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    Montenegro, Podgorica (18 July 2018)– Prime Minister Duško Marković said during today’s Prime Minister’s Question session in the Parliaement that the gross domestic product in Montenegro per capita in the previous year amounted to EUR 6,810 and it is the highest GDP in the region of the Western Bakans, the standard of living of a Montenegrin citizen measured by this parameter is today at level 46 % of the EU average, that this is an important progress for 12 years, if we know that in 2006, when was restored the independence of the state, it was about 33% of the EU average, and that the real earnings in Montenegro in 2018 increased by 34% compared to 2006… PM Marković: There is no dialogue on basis of personal perception and populist statements from parliamentary questions

    Montenegro, Podgorica (18 July 2018)– Prime Minister Duško Marković said during today’s Prime Minister’s Question session in the Parliaement that the gross domestic product in Montenegro per capita in the previous year amounted to EUR 6,810 and it is the highest GDP in the region of the Western Bakans, the standard of living of a Montenegrin citizen measured by this parameter is today at level 46 % of the EU average, that this is an important progress for 12 years, if we know that in 2006, when was restored the independence of the state, it was about 33% of the EU average, and that the real earnings in Montenegro in 2018 increased by 34% compared to 2006.

    “When it comes to real wage growth, we must bear in mind the overall economic trend, which is positive. The same applies to the growth of pensions, which we have aligned with, and whose height has doubled in the last 12 years. So these are facts, which are public and available to our international partners, and therefore are irreconcilable arguments for any discussion of this type “- the Prime Minister Duško Marković answering the question of deputy of the Social Democratic Party, Ranko Krivokapić: “Whether your Government is capable to face an accelerated deterioration in the lives of citizens and a structurally unsustainable state of our economy, or it will be voluntary or involuntary part of the economy of Montenegro that has been ruined? ”

    PM Marković underlined that the Government is aware that there are still many challenges ahead of the Government, in order to achieve high rates of economic growth brought by new jobs.

    “But we cannot build a serious political dialogue on personal perception, and on the basis of populist statements from parliamentary questions. The government will continue to pursue an economic policy based on a combination of measures to strengthen fiscal stability and enhance competitiveness, with the aim of sustainable economic development and economic growth. In line with the Fiscal Strategy, we will preserve the key principle to finance current spending from the original income, and achieve a budget surplus in 2020 as we projected. So, this year, we did not finance current spending from borrowing, you can check it. We will increase the revenues of the budget by further fighting the informal economy on the labor market and the market of goods and services, expanding the sustainable tax base. On the expenditure side, through reforms aimed at optimising state administration and generally the labour market, we will contribute to further productivity growth “- the Prime Minister Duško Marković concluded.

    As an example of progress and valorisation of resources, the Prime Minister Marković pointed out Portonovi saying that during yesterday’s visit he was convinced that it was a project where hundreds of young people from that part of Montenegro who are now working in the most renowned world tourist centers will be hired.

    “We are aware that there are still many challenges ahead of us, in order to achieve the high economic growth rates brought by new jobs. But we cannot build a serious political dialogue on personal perception, and on the basis of populist statements from parliamentary questions. We need to go exclusively with facts,” the PM Marković stressed, adding that the Government will continue to pursue economic policies based on a combination of measures to strengthen fiscal stability and enhance competitiveness, with the aim of sustainable economic development and economic growth.

    “I clearly want to say, here in the Parliament, and to tell the citizens – Montenegrin resources are not and will not be destroyed, but the development of the country, while I am at the head of the Government, will not be questioned for the day-political interests, nor will it be under a shadow of self-centered and prepotent politicians”- the Prime Minister Duško Marković concluded.

    PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO

    Source: Government of Montenegro