Montenegro: The EU is not complete without the Western Balkans

Montenegro: The EU is not complete without the Western Balkans

The Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, met today in Villa Gorica with the Minister for Federal and European Affairs of the Federal Province of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Federal Republic of Germany, Stefan Holthof-Fertner.

Prime Minister Krivokapić welcomed the extraordinary bilateral relations, which are characterized by intensive cooperation in all fields and levels. This is best evidenced by yesterday’s, the second this year, conversation between the Prime Minister of Montenegro and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who on behalf of the Federal Republic of Germany once again expressed full support for Montenegro’s reform, European path.

Prime Minister Krivokapić once again expressed his condolences and solidarity with the citizens of the Federal Republic of Germany, especially in the area of ​​the Rhine-Westphalia, which was most affected by this year’s catastrophic floods. He reminded the high guest of the decision of the Government of Montenegro, which showed readiness for full and concrete friendly support to Germany and the citizens of endangered areas.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the Government is fully committed to reform activities and that a strong political will has matured in Montenegro for an uncompromising, institutional fight against corruption, organized crime and the rule of law reform in general.

“Given that for the first time in the history of Montenegro, one government was replaced by democratic, electoral means, we can say that, in the political sense, Montenegro has been liberated. But we are aware that we are in a democratic transition and that democracy and pluralism still need truly to live in all segments, heads and pores of our society. Montenegro must demonstrate justice, democracy and tolerance. Predecessors spoke of “coexistence”, our goal is a step further – the permeation of diversity through a true process of inclusion. My wish and my decision were for the Government to be a Government of experts, a Government of civic orientation. That was the historical need of all citizens of Montenegro,” said Prime Minister Krivokapić.

Speaking about the latest events in Cetinje, with which the wider European public is familiar, the Prime Minister said that it was just another, illegitimate and extra-institutional attempt by opposition forces to destabilize Montenegro and slow down its progress towards the rule of law, towards the state of social justice and security.

“The intolerant approach imposed by the representatives of the former government aims to spill over to the citizens and become a desirable model of destructive, anarchist behaviour. “But the citizens recognize the motives, goals and outcomes of such behaviour, and I firmly believe that Montenegro will be a different, truly European state in a few years,” Krivokapic said.

The Prime Minister pointed out that political and normative reforms must be accompanied by economic reform and revival, and that Montenegro expects from Germany, as a strategic partner, new investments, especially in the areas of green economy and clean energy.

Minister Holthof-Fertner said that they fully understand the reform moment in which Montenegro finds itself, as well as all the problems that the expert government of Prime Minister Krivokapić is facing.

“The path you have taken is arduous and long, but it is impressive that you are following it. Without the accession of the Western Balkan countries to the European Union, the EU is not complete either,” said Stefan Holthof Fertner.