“Transparency International condemns yesterday’s decision of the Parliament of Montenegro to dismiss Vanja Ćalović Marković, executive director of MANS, our Montenegrin chapter, from the Council of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, even though the national court has not reached its verdict on her case. This decision suggests retribution against Ćalović Marković for her uncompromising fight against corruption.

Allegations of conflict of interest against Ćalović Marković are being disputed in a national court, with the case scheduled for 17 July 2018. Ćalović Marković has not been given an opportunity to respond to the allegations made against her, contrary to the European Convention on Human Rights. Last month, more than 40 NGOs urged Parliament to wait for the court decision before voting on Ćalović Marković’s dismissal, however, despite this, Parliament voted yesterday.” (Transparency.org)

“Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with his counterpart from Montenegro, Dusko Markovic, here on Saturday. The two sides pledged to strengthen bilateral cooperation.

China and Montenegro have deepened their friendship in recent years and achieved encouraging progress in their pragmatic cooperation, Li said.

China is willing to work with Montenegro to further tap cooperation potential and promote substantial and concrete outcomes in bilateral cooperation, Li added.

The Chinese premier pointed out that Montenegro’s north-south highway is a flagship project of pragmatic cooperation between the two countries, adding that he hopes the two sides can meet each other half way and speed up its construction so as to set an example for the two country’s major cooperation projects.

China is willing to discuss with Montenegro on third-party cooperation and foster new highlights in bilateral cooperation, Li said.” (Global Times)