Pajovic: Five ratifications – a great satisfaction; open-door policy is alive

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Five ratifications after a month since the NATO Accession Protocol was signed is truly a great satisfaction and I hope it will be continued after the summit. Invitation to Montenegro to join the alliance indeed sent a message that the open-door policy is alive, which is very important for other aspirants, the Parliament Speaker Darko Pajovic said.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Hungary in Podgorica as the NATO contact point embassy, a meeting of the Parliament Speaker Darko Pajovic and the ambassadors of NATO member states accredited in Montenegro was held in the Parliament today.

The meeting was co-chaired by Darko Pajovic and Hungarian Ambassador to Montenegro Krisztian Posa.

Pajovic expressed his gratitude to NATO member states that had already ratified the protocol on Montenegro’s accession to the alliance and expressed hope that other member states would do the same.

“Five ratifications after a month since the NATO Accession Protocol was signed is truly a great satisfaction and I hope it will be continued after the summit. Invitation to Montenegro to join the alliance indeed sent a message that the open-door policy is alive, which is very important for other aspirants”, Pajovic pointed out.

He also presented activities he managed to implement within 18 days since he was appointed the Speaker of Parliament.

“On 2 June, there were 166 documents in the parliamentary procedure – 98 draft laws, 6 draft decisions, 60 reports and 2 draft conclusions”, he pointed out.

He said that the Parliament of Montenegro adopted draft resolution on support for Montenegro’s membership in NATO by a majority vote (48 for, 26 against). The resolution was aimed at confirming the strategic commitment of Montenegro towards membership in NATO as our priority in foreign policy interests. Additionally, the resolution represents an additional incentive to NATO member states which are in the course of accelerating the process of ratification Montenegro’s NATO Accession Protocol.

He also pointed out that during the session on Friday, 18 laws and legal acts were adopted, including the decision to send members of the Montenegrin Armed Forces to the UN mission for the referendum in Western Sahara.

He added that forming two temporary parliamentary committees was ongoing – the committee for monitoring the implementation of laws and other regulations of importance for building trust in the electoral process and the committee for the supervision of investigating cases of endangering the safety of journalists and media outlets.

The ambassadors of NATO member states accredited in Montenegro commended the progress that the country had achieved in Euro-Atlantic integration, stating that accelerated process of ratification of the accession protocol was the confirmation for this.

They informed Pajovic about the activities and procedures of the process of the protocol ratification in their home countries.

It was said that the upcoming ratification was expected in Albania on 23 June and in Bulgaria at the end of this month.

Source: Cafe Del Montenegro