Latest News from Montenegro

Serbia Again Avoids Answers About Hosting Fugitive ex-President

Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic said that her Montenegrin counterpart, Dritan Abazovic, had "again drawn her attention" to the issue of the former President of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro from 2003 to 2006 who is avoiding justice in Montenegro and hiding in Serbia, but gave no details.

Serbian Church Agreement Shakes Montenegro Coalition

Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic (L) and Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch Porfirije (R) meeting in Montenegro.Photo: Government of Montenegro

The largest ruling party, the Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, and the Social Democratic Party, SDP, criticized the draft published on Tuesday as too favourable to the Church, the largest faith group in Montenegro.

‘Montenegro has Wasted a Decade Delaying EU Reforms’

Former European Integration Minister Gordana Djurovic says that after a decade of membership negotiations with the EU, Montenegro must act more proactively in implementing reforms.

Hrastnik hosting working class film festival

Hrastnik – Hrastnik, a working-class town in central Slovenia, is hosting what is the only Slovenian labour film festival later this week with 16 screenings and a diverse accompanying programme featuring local and foreign filmmakers and advocates for worker rights.

Kosovo Police Arrest Serb for ‘Inciting Hatred’ After Battle Commemoration

Kosovo police said they arrested Serbian citizen Nikola Nedeljkovic from Belgrade for "inciting hatred and discord" after a memorial service on Tuesday dedicated to the fighters of 1389 Battle of Kosovo.

The service was held at the Gazimestan monument near Kosovo's capital, Pristina. It coincides with the Serbian Orthodox religious holiday of Vidovdan (St. Vitus Day).

Dodik Loses Argument in Bosnian Serb Assembly Over UK Deal

Member of the presidency of Bosnia and Hercegovina Milorad Dodik talks at the press conference. Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDREJ CUKIC.

An agreement on partnership, trade and cooperation between Bosnia and Herzegovina and the UK was accepted by the Bosnian Presidency but without a consensus of all three members.

Montenegro PM Accuses Partners of Blocking Serbian Church Agreement

Montenegrin government session in Podgorica. Photo: Government of Montenegro

During the government session on Friday, Social Democratic Party ministers complained that they had not been kept informed about the Ministry of Justice's negotiations with the Serbian Church, the largest faith group by far in the country.

Serbia on the agenda under the label "urgent"

439 amendments were submitted to the draft report presented by the European Parliament's Rapporteur for Serbia, Vladimr Bilk, in April, and the parliamentary groups adopted 40 compromise amendments, which expanded the text of the report.

US Company Threatens to Sue Montenegro Over Tobacco Seizure

Montenegrin Customs officers seize tobacco in the Port of Bar. Photo: Government of Montenegro

The Customs Office said it seized eight containers with 4,000 boxes of tobacco owned by a US company, Lenora International, registered in the US state of Delaware.

In Kosovo, Frustration Grows over Promised Road to Montenegro

As a child, Abedin Pepaj would travel by horse or tractor to spend the summer with his family in the mountains that straddle Kosovo's western border with Montenegro, enjoying the panorama and the cool mountain air.

FM Fajon notes importance of credible EU enlargement policy

Thessaloniki – Foreign Minister Tanja Fajon attended a ministerial of the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEECP) in Thessaloniki on Friday, and held a number of bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the Greece event. In the debate, Fajon noted the importance of a credible EU enlargement policy for the reform efforts of the Western Balkans.

Montenegrin Journalist to Be Retried Again for Drug Trafficking

Montenegrin investigative journalist Jovo Martinovic (centre) going to court in Podgorica. Photo: BIRN/Samir Kajosevic

"The decision has been made and at the beginning of next week, [the case] will be returned to the lower court," the Supreme Court told daily newspaper Vijesti.

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