Montenegro Press Review – September 05, 2014

Press Review
05 Sep 14

Montenegro Press Review – September 05, 2014

NATO’s decision on focused dialogue with Montenegro is encouraging. Taxpayers will pay 5.6 million euros debts for pro-government newspapers Pobjeda. PM Djukanovic: Montenegro could become a full-fledged NATO member at the next summit

Montenegro’s Minister of Defence Milica Pejanovic – Djurisic attended on Thursday the meeting of the NATO North-Atlantic Council at the level of defence ministers aimed at improving interoperability of ISAF mission and further cooperation and dialogue between NATO and partner states. In her address, the Defence Minister said Montenegro is willing to continue its engagement in programmes relevant for modernising the Montenegrin Army and meeting NATO standards. “NATO’s decision on launching focused and intensified dialogue with Montenegro represents recognition to the government’s efforts towards NATO integration and also encouragement for further implementation of required obligations in order to become NATO member,” Pejanovic – Djurioic said.

On Firda, the government will pay a 5.6 million euros bank guarantees for loans which the state-ownd newspaper Pobjeda concluded with Societe Generale Bank Montenegro and Erste Bank. Funds to settle the obligation will be provided from the state budget. Podgorica Commercial Court introduced bankruptcy in Pobjeda on August 11, at the request of the Tax Administration (TA) due to the outstanding debt of 1.15 million euros. The first meeting of creditors is scheduled for September 9.

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Thursday that he belives that ongoing NATO summit in the UK is a confirmation of the successfully conducted implementation of standards and obligations required for gaining the status of a member of the Alliance. On the slidelines of the Summit, PM Djukanovic had a wide range of fruitful bilateral meetings which indicate that the next high-level meeting of the Western military alliance could offer Montenegro a status of a full-fledged member.

Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)