Montenegro: Government reshuffle is a political issue, Abazović believes

Montenegro: Government reshuffle is a political issue, Abazović believes

The Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro, Dritan Abazović, said that he had nothing against the reconstruction and improvement of the work of the Government, but, as he added, he was against any political entity imposing only what suits him.

According to Abazović, the reconstruction of the Government is a political issue.

“I am not against improving it; I think there is a lot of room for the Government to do many things in a better way. In my opinion, the reform path is not dynamic enough,” Abazović said.

He adds, however, that he is against the buffet system.

“I am against any political subject imposing only what only suits him. I am in favour of dialogue and finding better solutions to improve overall efficiency; I have nothing against it “, states Abazović and adds that he would like the current situation to be resolved.

The most important thing, as he says, is that the tourist season is good, and he expects it to be extraordinary.

“I think the most important message is to adopt the state budget,” Abazović said.

The head of the Delegation of the European Union in Podgorica, Oana Kristina Popa, at the panel debate on “How to fulfil the obligations in Chapters 23 and 24”, said that Montenegro cannot progress in other chapters if the criteria in Chapters 23 and 24 are not met.

Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović says that EU membership is a priority of the Government, and that the most important thing on that path is for Montenegro to achieve certain results.

“Montenegro in the EU until 2025 is a very ambitious plan, which depends not only on us but also on the will within the EU. We just need to do what is up to us,” Abazović said, adding that it would be a little arrogant if says Montenegro can join the EU by 2025.

“I think we can do a lot in Chapters 23 and 24 by 2025, and will that be enough … We can do a lot in a year; we can open Pandora’s box regarding the rule of law,” he said.

He believes that the state must dedicate itself as much as possible to the process of joining the EU, because, as he adds, that is what the citizens expect and want.

“We have to deliver the results and it is all in vain if we do not do that,” Abazović said, adding that the EU integration process should not be perceived as pressure from Brussels because “we are making changes because of us.”

“The government is maximally committed to the path to the EU. Chapters 23 and 24 are not the only ones, but they are the most important on that path,” the deputy prime minister said.

The head of the EU Delegation in Podgorica said that the rule of law is key when it comes to EU accession.

“We are aware that there is dissatisfaction when it comes to the dynamics of EU accession. I assume that the answer to your question why Montenegro is not part of the EU even after 10 years of negotiations, lies in progress reports in which everything is clearly emphasized,” Popa said, and added that it is necessary to meet different conditions, the most important of which relate to Chapters 23 and 24.

“Candidate countries should prove to be good in strategic laws, and that is important for Montenegro in the accession process,” Popa said.