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The EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (POSP) welcomed the continued progress of Montenegro in the accession negotiations and improving the independence, accountability and professionalism of the judiciary. The Snimak (Audio Recordings) affair is not mentioned in the latest POSP declaration.
The two-day session of POSP has ended today. The declaration with recommendations has been adopted.
“In this unanimously adopted document, the continued progress of Montenegro in the accession negotiations is welcomed, as well as the steps made to improve the independence, accountability and professionalism of the judiciary”, it was stated.
The declaration says there is a need to pay greater attention to the issue of domestic violence, freedom of media and effective implementation of the normative framework related to the fight against corruption.
The meeting was opened by the POSP co-chair Anneliese Dodds, announcing the discussion on environmental protection and energy policy and the fight against corruption related to economic development.
The minister of sustainable development and tourism, Branimir Gvozdenovic, said that the normative framework in the field of environmental protection was established by enacting laws and regulations, in accordance with European standards, as well as a number of strategies to improve the current situation.
He expressed satisfaction with the work structures involved in meeting the benchmarks under Chapter 27, which will, according to his expectations, result in the opening the chapter during 2016.
“During the debate on the fight against corruption, an overview of the Anti-corruption Agency’s work was presented, the efficiency of the judiciary was emphasised, but the need for greater harmonisation of decisions of national courts with the European Court of Human Rights was also pointed out”, the statement said.
Since the Snimak affair was not mentioned in the report, DPS representatives who participated in the POSP work made a statement.
“The final document of the two-day session of the delegation of Montenegrin and the European parliaments, does not include one of recommendations contained in previous documents. It is not mentioned in the formulations of those who have insisted on it today, as they had insisted in the past. There is no recommendation with the politically contrived Snimak affair, which was frequently mentioned by the media for a long time”, the DPS MPs in POSP, Milutin Simovic, Miodrag Vukovic, Nada Drobnjak, Obrad–Miso Stanisic and Mevludin Nuhodzic.
According to them, the affair appeared the political life of Montenegro, and then in the domestic and international documents, primarily due to the fact that the leaders of SDP supported the intentions of others who intended to use the alleged affair to undermine the democratic values achieved.
“Today’s attempt to do this again and put the affair in the final document of the meeting was not accepted because it was thwarted by democratic arguments and the fact that the Montenegrin Parliament began to repair damaged relations in this institution by the dismissal of the former parliament speaker Ranko Krivokapic”, the DPS MPs said.
Source: Cafe Del Montenegro