“Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg said that membership in the alliance will help Montenegro in consolidating security and stability in the Balkan region. Stoltenberg said that the Western Balkans region is of strategic importance for NATO and therefore, the alliance continues to be fully engaged in this area. He pointed out that the cooperation with the European Union is crucial to effectively addressing the security challenges of the 21st century, especially in the Western Balkans. Stoltenberg reiterated that the military bases are a matter of exclusive national jurisdiction of a sovereign state. ‘This principle is, of course, applies to Montenegro. There were no demands from Montenegrin authorities to establish any NATO bases in Montenegro,’ said Stoltenberg.” (translated from RTCG)
“The priority of Bulgaria, which is the Chair of the European Union next year, is to lead the Western Balkans to Brussels. Eu membership is the only way that the tensions in the region are kept under control, said the leader of Montenegro’s ruling Democratic Socialist Party Milo Djukanovic in an interview with Dutch newspaper De Trouw. He visited Amsterdam and gave a lecture at the University. According to him, the Balkans has always been at the crossroads between the West and Russia and flaming nationalism. ‘This region is perhaps a dead end for the European Union, but is constantly under attack third countries. I am very worried about it,’ said Djukanovic.” (translated from RTCG)
“Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the way Montenegro’s ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) is seizing control of the supervisory council of the state-owned TV broadcaster, RTCG, threatening its independence. The DPS took the process one step further yesterday when it used its majority to get parliament to vote in favour of dismissing one of the council’s members, Goran Djurovic. Meanwhile, the DPS representatives in the Parliament elected its senior official Slobodan Pajovic as new member of the council, although this is against the law. Early this week, hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Montenegro’s capital, Podgorica, in response to calls from many NGOs to protest against the ruling party’s blatant takeover of the public broadcaster. In order to get control of the RTCG, the DPS has been infiltrating its supervisory council in recent months with the aim of removing members like Djurovic who do not follow its political line and who are accused by the DPS of supporting the opposition.” (Reporters Without Borders)