Montenegro

Croatian, Montenegrin, Serbian reporters back striking Macedonian colleagues

Trade unions of journalists from Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia on Friday expressed their support to their Macedonian colleagues working for three daily newspapers owned by Media Print Makedonija (MPM) who have been on strike since mid-February over unpaid salaries and contributions and the management's failure to provide them with information about plans for the company's survival.

Croatian MEP says Moscow wants to influence in western Balkans

Croatian MEP Ivan Jakovcic said in an interview with the Montenegrin Pobjeda daily on Thursday that Moscow is trying to exploit the political forces in Montenegro and that Russia's meddling in Montenegro's internal affairs was "unacceptable behaviour."

Montenegrin police extradites Miodrag Jovic to Croatia

Montenegrin police reported on Wednesday that they extradited to Croatia Miodrag Jovic (48) from Glina, after whom Interpol Zagreb issued an arrest warrant.

Croatian president says Russia's meddling posses threat to EU and NATO enlargement

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Munich on Thursday that interference by some countries, notably Russia, posed a threat to the integration of the Southeast European countries with the European Union and NATO.

Montenegrin parliament strips two opposition leaders of immunity from prosecution

Montenegro's parliament on Wednesday stripped leaders of the pro-Serbian opposition Democratic Front (DF) Andrija Mandic and Milan Knezevic of immunity from prosecution to face charges of a conspiracy to attack the institutions of the state at last year's elections.

Serbian, Montenegrin PMs hold talks

Serbia and Montenegro have good and friendly relations which will continue to improve and today's talks on that were substantial, open and mutually beneficial, the two countries' prime ministers said in Belgrade on Friday.

NATO secretary general: Strong institutions best protection from Russia's influence in Balkans

NATO is aware of Russia's attempts to spread its strategic influence to the Balkans and the best protection from meddling in interior affairs of countries in the region is to advance their democratic institutions and capacities for coping with security challenges, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Sarajevo on Thursday.

Serbian citizens admit involvement in terrorism attack in Montenegro

Three Serbian citizens, suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro on 16 October 2016 and arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, have been released after striking a deal with the prosecution, pleading guilty and agreeing to a five-month prison sentence, the media in Podgorica reported Friday.

NATO expects Montenegro to become a member "in the very near future"

Montenegro is on track to become a NATO member "in the very near future," NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Thursday.

Croatia, Montenegro sign underwater cultural heritage protection memorandum

Croatian Culture Minister Nina Obuljen Korzinek and her Montenegrin counterpart Janko Ljumovic held a working meeting in Zagreb on Wednesday at which they signed a memorandum on cooperation in the protection of the underwater cultural heritage.

Documentary about 2 Croat priests killed by Albanian Communists shown in Montengro

A documentary about two Croat Catholic priests -- Friar Serafin Glasnovic Kodic and Rev. Anton Muzic-- who were killed by the Albanian Communist regime and who were beatified as members of the Blessed Martyrs of Albania by Pope Francis in November 2016, was shown in Kotor, Montenegro, on Friday evening.

Croatia will continue to help Montenegro

Exceptionally good and friendly relations between Croatia and Montenegro which have a special quality through cooperation in European and Transatlantic integration processes, will continue to strengthen in all directions and at all levels, Montenegro's Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic and newly-appointed Croatian Ambassador in Podgorica Veselko Grubisic agreed on Wednesday.

Survey shows majority of Montenegrins for EU accession

Over two-thirds of Montenegrin citizens would vote for their country's European Union accession were a referendum on it held today, according to a survey presented in Podgorica on Tuesday.

Two men suspected of terrorism activities in Montenegro arrested in Serbia

ZAGREB, Jan 14 (Hina) - Two Serbian citizens suspected of having taken part in an attempted coup d'etat in Montenegro have been arrested on a Montenegrin warrant, the media in Belgrade reported on Friday.

Croatia's HT buys majority stake in Montenegrin Telecom

The Croatian telecommunications company Hrvatski Telekom (HT) signed an agreement on Tuesday to buy 76.53 percent of shares in Montenegro's Crnogorski Telekom from Hungary's Magyar Telekom for EUR 123.5 million, which is HT's first major regional acquisition.

Montenegro to continue its Euro-Atlantic integration process in 2017, says Vujanovic

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic has said that he believes the year 2017 will bring new integration successes to Montenegro, with accession to NATO in the first half of the year and completion of the country's EU entry talks by 2019, the local media reported on Saturday.

Bosnia, Montenegro report earthquakes

An earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale rocked the Sarajevo area shortly before 9 AM on Saturday, but there were no reports of material damage.

Number of Montenegro's NATO accession supporters and opponents equal

The margin between supporters and opponents of Montenegro's accession to NATO is extremely narrow, according to results of a survey conducted by the Podgorica-based Centre for Democracy whose acronym is CEDEM.

Croatian FM says Montenegro's aspired membership of NATO investment in security

The security of citizens is a key priority and the ratification of Montenegro's NATO accession protocol is an investment in security in this part of Europe, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with his Montenegrin counterpart Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic in Zagreb on Tuesday.

Djukanovic withdraws from Montenegrin parliament

Milo Djukanovic, leader of the Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), has resigned as a member of the Montenegrin parliament, the parliament said on Friday.

Montenegro opens two more EU policy chapters

Montenegro opened two policy chapters at an intergovernmental accession conference in Brussels on Tuesday and now has 26 chapters open in its European Union accession negotiations.

Free Route Airspace introduced over Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Croatia Control (HKZP), Serbia-Montenegro's SMATSA and Bosnia and Herzegovina's BHANSA, as of 8 December have introduced the concept of Free Route Airspace (FRA) facilitating 24-hour free planning and flights in their airspace regardless of the countries' borders and the area under their responsibility, HKZP reported on Tuesday.

Stier expects accession conferences for Serbia and Montenegro to be successful

Croatian Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said on Monday he expected inter-governmental conferences on the accession of Serbia and Montenegro to the European Union to be successful, underlining that on its path to the bloc Belgrade must meet a number of criteria, including the protection of ethnic minorities.

Croatia launches trilateral cooperation in Adriatic with Montenegro and Albania

Croatia has launched trilateral cooperation with Montenegro and Albania in the economy and environmental protection to strengthen its position in the Adriatic, Foreign and European Affairs Minister Davor Ivo Stier said in Brussels on Tuesday.

Croatian Civil Society of Montenegro celebrates 15th anniversary

The Croatian Civil Society of Montenegro (HCDCG) celebrated the 15 anniversary of its existence in Kotor on Saturday.

Man arrested in Montenegro for war crime in Croatia

Montenegrin police on Tuesday evening arrested Miroslav Jovic (47) at Tivat airport, charged with a war crime committed in Croatia, electronic media in Podgorica reported on Wednesday, citing a police press release.

Montenegro gets new government

Montenegro's Prime Minister-Designate Dusko Markovic on Monday presented the country's new government of 19 ministers, who received majority support in parliament.

Petrov: Croatia-Montenegro cooperation exemplary in region

After Croatian lawmakers ratified the NATO-Montenegro accession protocol on Friday, Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov said that the cooperation between Croatia and Montenegro was a positive example in the region.  

Montenegro's NATO membership is in Croatia's interest, MPs say

Most political groups in the Croatian parliament on Wednesday endorsed ratification of Montenegro's NATO accession treaty saying that the alliance's further expansion was of great importance to long-term stability in Southeast Europe and that it would also strengthen the security of Croatia.

Montenegro wants to question two Russians over coup attempt

The Montenegrin Justice Ministry has sent to the Russian Justice Ministry a request to question two Russian citizens -- Eduard Vladimirovich Shirokov and Vladimir Nikolaievich Popov -- suspected of leading a criminal group that conspired to attack Montenegrin state institutions, assassinate Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and permanently destabilise the country.

S&P: Ratings for most ex-Yugoslav republics lower than 25 yrs ago

In a report called "The Former Yugoslav Republics 25 Years After The Fall of Yugoslavia. Where Are They Now?" Standard&Poor's Global Ratings (S&P) said that most of the countries have ratings in the 'B' or 'BB' category, excluding Slovenia (A/Stable).

Prosecutor: Russians masterminds of attempted attack in Montenegro

Montenegro's special state prosecutor Milivoje Katnic said on Sunday that two Russian nationalists were masterminds of a recent "attempted terrorist attack" that should have happened during Montenegro's parliamentary election on 16 October.

NATO official says no base in Montenegro

NATO Deputy Secretary-General Rose Gottemoeller has said there will be no NATO base in Montenegro, alleviating the concern of the Montenegrin public that one of the country's seaports could be used for military purposes, Montenegrin media said on Friday.

Serbia trains with both Russian and NATO military in tightrope act

Around 300 soldiers from Russia and Belarus began training with the Serbian military on Thursday even as Serbian soldiers were training with NATO in neighbouring Montenegro, highlighting Belgrade's tightrope act between the east and west.

Montenegrin PM designate holds 1st round of talks with minorities

The candidate of the ruling Montenegrin Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) for the position of Prime Minister Designate, Dusko Markovic, on Wednesday wrapped up first consultations with ethnic minority representatives and the Social Democrats (SD) with whom he plans to form a new government following the 16 October election.

Montenegro premier "needs to rest" after quarter-century in power

Montenegro’s longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said that the need for rest led him to leave government after another election win earlier this month.

Russian Security Council chief on visit to Serbia

Serbia expelled several Russian nationals on suspicion of their involvement in preparing the alleged terrorist operations against Montenegro, the Belgrade media reported on Thursday, bringing into connection this scandal with the arrival of Secretary of the Security Council of Russia, Nikolai Patrushev, who is expected to meet with Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

Montenegro's Djukanovic to step aside, but keep grip on power

Montenegro's longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will quit the government voluntarily for the third time in 25 years, but indicated Wednesday that he will keep power in his hands by remaining the head of his ruling party.

Djukanovic won't continue as Montenegrin prime minister

Montenegro's longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will not continue as the government head despite just having won a close election race, a statement by his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) indicated Tuesday.

Serbia arrests people suspected of illegal activities against Montenegro

Vucic said that law enforcement authorities in Serbia had collected material evidence against the latest arrestees who had reportedly planned in Serbia "to conduct various illegal activities directed against the territory of Montenegro."

Montenegrin opposition refuses to recognize election result

The Montenegrin opposition said Monday evening that it will not recognize the result of parliamentary elections because of the influence of an alleged anti-terrorist raid carried out by police, the daily Vijesti reported online.

Vucic awaiting official info on arrests in Montenegro

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Belgrade on Monday he doubted that accusations of terrorism against 20 Serbian citizens arrested in Montenegro were founded.

Detention set for 14 Serbs over attempt to disrupt Montenegrin vote

Prosecutorial authorities in Montenegro on Monday reported that detention had been assigned to 14 out of 20 Serbian citizens arrested on Saturday night on suspicion of planning violent incidents in the capital of Podgorica and attacks on Prime Minister Mile Djukanovic and official institutions in order to disrupt Sunday's general election.

Djukanovic claims Montenegro win, says on track for NATO and EU

Montenegro remains on track for NATO and EU membership, said longtime Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic early Monday after securing a win in parliamentary elections the day before.

Montenegro election: DPS wins 35 seats, DF 18

Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic's Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) won Sunday's parliamentary election in Montenegro, but will not be able to form a government on its own.

Montenegro's Djukanovic set to extend 25-year reign reign

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and his Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) were on their way to extend their 25-year reign after winning the most votes in Sunday's tense election, projections indicated.

Belgrade has no comment on arrest of Serbian citizens in Montenegro

State officials in Belgrade on Sunday declined to comment on the Montenegrin police operation which resulted in the arrest of 20 Serbian citizens suspected of an alleged preparation of terrorist attacks, saying they would not comment on the incident until the end of parliamentary elections in Montenegro and until they get more information.

News of terrorism threat ups ante in nail-biting Montenegrin polls

Tensions went up by a notch during elections in Montenegro Sunday when police said they had arrested 20 Serbian nationals, accusing them of intent to destabilize the country by terrorism.

Djukanovic says Montenegro stable country, 20 terrorists from Serbia arrested

Montengrin police say they have arrested 20 Serbian nationals suspected of terrorist activities amid tense parliamentary elections that may end Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic’s 25 year-long reign.

Montenegro votes in election described as Russia vs. West

Montenegrins are voting in a parliamentary election that could determine whether the small Balkan state continues on its Western course or turns back to its traditional ally Russia.

Electioneering ban ahead of Sunday's Montenegro parl. polls

A ban on electioneering took effect on Saturday in Montenegro ahead of Sunday's parliamentary election, the tenth since the introduction of a multi-party system and the fourth since that former Yugoslav republic gained independence, and the vote will be a sort of referendum for or against NATO and European Union membership.

Montenegrin elections cast uncertainty on Djukanovic's 25-year reign

Milo Djukanovic has governed Montenegro since 1991, weathering Yugoslav wars, UN sanctions, and breaks with "sister" Serbia and "mother" Russia. But voters may on Sunday show that they have had enough of the suspicions of corruption always surrounding him.

Montenegro holding parliamentary election on Sunday

Montenegro is holding a parliamentary election on Sunday, the tenth since the introduction of a multi-party system and the fourth since it gained independence, and the vote will be a sort of referendum for or against NATO and European Union membership.

Djukanovic says Montenegro's EU, NATO bids not anti-Russian

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Saturday that his country's orientation towards Europe and NATO was not anti-Russian and that it was not true that all NATO members were Russia's enemies.

Jakovcic: We're confident Montenegro can join EU soon

Montenegro could soon join the European Union, which would further stabilise the Western Balkans, Croatian member of the European Parliament Ivan Jakovcic (IDS/ALDE) said at an initial meeting of the Friends of Montenegro group in Strasbourg on Thursday.

Polish woman with radioactive material not on any 'black list'

A Polish woman who was arrested on Monday after she attempted to transport radioactive isotope radium is not on any Interpol warrants or any available 'black lists', however, police are continuing to conduct checks related to this case even though the quantity of radium discovered does not pose any threat to people or the environment.

Polish woman with radioactive material nabbed at Croatia border crossing

A Polish woman who was transporting radioactive isotope of radium -- radium-226 -- was arrested at the Karasovici border crossing between Croatia and Montenegro on Monday, the Croatian prosecutorial authorities stated on Wednesday.

Former Montenegro President goes to prison for corruption

A former top Montenegrin politician was sentenced to 22 months in prison for corruption after striking a plea agreement with prosecutors, a court said Monday.

Writer Slobodan Snajder wins regional award for his novel "The Brass Times"

Prominent Croatian writer Slobodan Snajder has won this year's "Mesa Selimovic" regional award for the best work of fiction in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia in 2015.

Montenegro doesn't expect incidents ahead of Kosovo ratification of border deal

Montenegro and Kosovo signed the Border Agreement in August last year in Vienna, as a result of three-year-long negotiations.

Protests in Kosovo ahead of vote on border with Montenegro

An opposition member of the Kosovo parliament on Tuesday threw tear gas in the parliament and an unidentified person threw a hand grenade at the home of a government official ahead of a vote on an agreement between Kosovo and Montenegro on border demarcation, which the Opposition is against.

Montenegro sends protest note to Croatia over monument to Baresic

The Montenegrin Foreign Affairs and European Integration Ministry on Monday sent a protest note to the Croatian Embassy in Podgorica over the erection of a monument to Miro Baresic in the central Adriatic town of Drage.

Montenegro celebrates Statehood Day

Montenegro is celebrating Statehood Day on Wednesday, remembering 13 July 1878 when it was recognised as an independent state at the Berlin Congress and 13 July 1941 when its people rose against fascism.

Parliamentary election in Montenegro set for October

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic on Monday set October 16 for parliamentary elections regarded as crucial for his country's aspirations to join the European Union and NATO, Reuters reported.

Gov't endorses motion to ratify protocol for Montenegro's NATO entry

The Croatian government on Wednesday endorsed a bill on the ratification of the NATO accession protocol for Montenegro, and sent this  motion to the parliament for ratification under fast-track procedure.

Paris hosting summit on EU integration of Western Balkans

The leaders of six European Union and six Western Balkan countries will meet in Paris on Monday for the 3rd Berlin Process summit, which was launched two years ago so that countries in Southeast Europe could draw closet to EU membership through regional cooperation.

Montenegro opens 2 more chapters in EU entry talks

Montenegro opened two policy chapters in its European Union accession negotiations in Brussels on Thursday, whereby the number of opened chapters has risen to 24.

Montenegro will continue its EU path, says president

Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic said in Podgorica on Friday that the Britons' referendum decision to leave the European Union carried special delicacy and weight, and that demanded maximum dedication to the preservation of the unity of the EU's 27 members in order to preserve the EU's values.  

Albania ratifies protocol on Montenegro's accession to NATO

The Albanian parliament on Thursday unanimously ratified a protocol on Montenegro's accession to NATO.

Stoltenberg says Montenegro's NATO accession nothing to do with Russia

It is the basic right of every independent country to choose its path, including the security agreements it wants to be involved in, so this is a matter between Montenegro and NATO's 28 member states, Stoltenberg was quoted as saying.

Montenegro parliament passes resolution supporting NATO membership bid

Montenegro's parliament on Friday evening adopted a resolution on the support to the country's accession to NATO whereby lawmakers confirmed their commitment to Podgorica's European Union and NATO membership aspirations

Slovenian diplomat calls on Croatia to ratify Montenegro's NATO accession protocol

"I especially emphasise Croatia, as the country is experiencing a political crisis, and I hope that the government and the parliament will do their part of job, regardless of the ongoing problems,"

Slovenia ratifies Montenegro's NATO accession protocol

The Slovenian parliament ratified Montenegro's NATO accession protocol by a vast majority of votes on Wednesday.

Montenegro's role in 1991 shelling of Dubrovnik is a disgrace, says PM

What happened in Dubrovnik in 1991 is a disgrace for Montenegro and it must "never happen again because it wasn't in Montenegro's national interest," Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said in parliament on Wednesday.

Montenegrins in favour of NATO membership - survey

A total of 77.5% of Montenegrins are confident that their country will soon join NATO and 46.6% support that process, a survey shows.

Montenegrin PM doesn't expect strained relations with Russia

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said on Saturday that he did not expect the relations with Russia to be strained further after the signing of a protocol on Montenegro's NATO accession.

FM expects Serbia to remain committed to EU path

"We expect the new Serbian government to continue to be committed to joining the EU, which implies full cooperation with the Hague tribunal, recognising rulings by that tribunal," Kovac said 

Montenegro hopes to join NATO by mid-2017 despite Russian concerns

Montenegro expects to join NATO by the middle of 2017, Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic said Thursday, as his country and the military alliance signed an accession protocol despite Russian concerns over the move.

Montenegrin parliament speaker replaced, new gov't ministers appointed

Deputies in the Montenegrin parliament on Thursday replaced Speaker Ranko Krivokapic and appointed four new government ministers and a deputy prime minister from opposition ranks.

Montenegro, NATO to sign accession protocol despite Russian concerns

Montenegro and NATO will sign a document that will pave the way for the Western Balkan country to join the military alliance, despite Russian concerns about the move.

Croatian and Montenegrin chambers of crafts sign cooperation agreement

Ranogajec and Starcevic said they would help members of the two chambers to establish cooperation in order to be more competitive on third markets.

Croatian President says will advocate faster ratification of Montenegro's NATO accession protocol

Croatian president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said in Budva on Saturday she would personally advocate the ratification of Montenegro's protocol on association with NATO in the Croatian parliament as soon as possible.

Grabar-Kitarovic: Croatia fully supports Montenegro's Euro-Atlantic integration bid

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that Croatia fully supported Montenegro's path to Euro-Atlantic integration.

Grabar-Kitarovic advocates negotiated settlement to Croatia-Montenegro border dispute

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic said on Friday that Croatia and Montenegro should once again try to solve their border dispute over the Prevlaka peninsula through dialogue before the matter was referred to international arbitration.

Stoltenberg praises Monteengro for great progress

Stoltenberg also said he expected NATO foreign ministers to sign Montenegro's accession protocol during a ministerial meeting set for 19-20 May in NATO headquarters in Brussels..

Montenegrin PM congratulates Seselj on acquittal

Montenegrin  Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Thursday congratulated Vojislav Seselj on getting acquitted by the UN war crimes tribunal at The Hague.

Match-fixing probe into Malta v Montenegro Under-21 qualifier

A police probe has been launched into match-fixing claims around last week's European Under-21 championship qualifier between Malta and Montenegro, the Malta Football Association said on Monday.

Djukanovic: Montenegro to join NATO by mid-2017

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic is convinced that his country can expect to become a full member of NATO by the middle of next year because accession negotiations are progressing very well.

EP greets Montenegro's reform efforts, urges Macedonia to deal with political crisis

The European Parliament said on Thursday that Montenegro was making good progress on the road to the EU and that the EU should start accession talks with Macedonia if it held free and fair elections.

Croatian, Bosnian, Montenegrin programme launched to draw EUR 67m

The programme covers 12 counties in Croatia, 109 municipalities and the Brcko district in Bosnia, and ten municipalities in Montenegro. Implementation is in the remit of the Croatian Regional Development Agency.

Croatia's Skladgradnja selected as partner in building Montenegro motorway

The China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) has selected Croatia's Skladgradnja civil engineering company as a partner in the construction of a south-north motorway in Montenegro.

Montenegro extradites to Croatia general wanted for war crimes

Montenegro has extradited to Croatia a retired Serbian general wanted in connection with war crimes against civilians committed in the early 1990s, the Veritas documentation centre said in a statement on Tuesday.

Albania, Montenegro brace for refugee spillover

Albanian media outlets have reported that over 450 special police officers have been sent at the border crossing Qafe Thane (Pogradec) – Struga with Macedonia and at four border crossings with Greece.

Belgrade and Ljubljana exchanges join SEE Link

The agreement was signed at the Western Balkans Investment Summit in London organised by the EBRD and was attended by the prime ministers of Croatia, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

Oreskovic presents Croatia's investment projects at EBRD summit in London

Croatian Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic presented strategic projects of his government and main cross-border energy and infrastructure investment projects at the Western Balkans Investment Summit of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London on Monday.

FM says Croatia to be among first to ratify Montenegro's admission to NATO

Croatia supports Montenegro's progress towards NATO and Zagreb will be among the first countries to ratify Montenegro's accession to the Alliance, visiting Croatian Foreign Minister Miro Kovac said in Podgorica on Friday.

Montenegro starts NATO accession talks amid Russian Cold War rhetoric

Montenegro began its first round of NATO membership talks on Monday, two months after the former Socialist republic was invited to join the military alliance, in a move that could further aggravate Western tensions with Russia.

NATO and Montenegro launch accession talks

NATO and Montenegro officially launched two-day accession talks on Monday, two months after that country received an invitation to join the Alliance.

The list of EU membership hopefuls

Seven countries are candidates or potential candidates for membership in the European Union. Iceland had once been on the list too, but withdrew its application last year.

Montenegro preparing plans in case of refugee spillover

"Agreement has been made that all relevant agencies should make plans and proposals, so that we can reach concrete conclusions at the next government meeting," said Finance Minister Radivoje Zugic in Podgorica today.