“Bulgarian President Rumen Radev held one-to-one meetings here Thursday with the visiting President of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, and of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic, said the President’s Press Secretariat. During the meetings the Bulgarian Head of State reconfirmed the resolve of his country to support the Western Balkans in all fields in the process of European integration and democratic reforms. The Presidents of Kosovo and Montenegro are here for a Conference on Stronger Regional Integration in the Balkans co-organized by the World Bank and Bulgaria. All sides confirmed their commitment to partnership in the name of stability and development in the region.” (BTA)

Milo Djukanovic, the former prime minister of Montenegro, has been hinting recently that he might be eyeing up a presidential run in 2018. Few would be surprised if he did. In his thirty-year career he has twice stood down from office, like he did last October after leading his Democratic Party of Socialists to victory, only to run again. Whether for the office of prime minister or president, he has never lost a race: since Montenegro’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991 he has served as either one or the other for all but four years – and during those two two-year stints out of power he is widely acknowledged to have been pulling the strings backstage. His possible return in 2018 should give the EU, which Montenegro hopes to join, pause for thought. Throughout his time at the helm of power in the small Balkan country accusations of corruption, cronyism and organised-crime connections have surrounded Djukanovic. And when investigative journalists get too close to revealing those connections, there can be a price to pay. Jovo Martinovic is a Montenegrin freelance journalist who has covered stories about organised crime and war criminals for major international outlets. In 2015, while he was working on two documentaries, one on an international group of jewel thieves known as the Pink Panthers, and the other on weapons smuggling from the Balkans into France, he was arrested on charges of drug trafficking and participation in a criminal organisation. The prosecution built their case on correspondence between Martinovic and known criminals, and even though he could readily explain those contacts as forming part of his investigative work, he was held for five months before being officially indicted and then another six months in pretrial detention.” (EU OCS)

“Tourism has generated over 900 million euros ($1.059 billion) over the first nine months of the year, which is greater than all of last year, said the Minister of Tourism and Sustainable Development Pavle Radulovic. ‘I am especially glad that I can say that the results of our tourist season have flowed in like with our expectations. The results have been significantly higher than last year, especially talking about collective accommodation for the first ten months – 892,550 tourists paid, over 17 percent when compared to last year,’ Radulovic said in an interview with the news agency Mina-Business. He said that there has been an increase in the number of overnight stays of more than ten per cent, or a total of 3.75 million from January to October.” (translated from Vijesti)