Latest News from Montenegro

Montenegro Sells Bankrupt Aluminium Plant

The Montengrin metal company Uniprom on Tuesday bought the bankrupt aluminium plant for 28 million euro and promised to invest 76 million euros over the next four years.

Once the largest factory in Montenegro, employing thousands of workers, it now has only 720 employees. Most will lose their jobs because the new owner plans to keep only 300.

Montenegro Refugees Risk Being Declared Illegal

Around a third of the refugees in Montenegro, mostly Roma who fled Kosovo, have not applied for residency and could be reclassified as illegal immigrants and lose benefits.

EU to Probe Montenegrin Watchdog's Use of Grant

The EU Enlargement Commission on Monday said the EU delegation in Podgorica would monitor implementation of a grant given to the NGO MANS, following complaints by the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS.

"As a grant recipient, MANS is responsible for implementing the project in accordance with the applicable national law," spokesperson Peter Stano said.

Montenegro Poll Re-Runs Leave Djukanovic Win Intact

Repeat polls were held in Danilovgrad, Kolasin and Bijelo Polje on Sunday due to reports of significant irregularities but the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists, DPS, remained the overall victor.

The DPS took the largest amount of seats in all three municipalities but only won an outright majority in Danilovgrad.

Police reportedly unsure if cocaine was destined for Albania

Police reportedly unsure if cocaine was destined for Albania

BELGRADE -- An investigation has been launched in Montenegro to determine if the recent record haul of cocaine was really intended for Albania, the daily Politika writes.

Other possibilities include a buyer in Montenegro or in Kosovo, according to the report.

Montenegrin Customs Seize Major Cocaine Haul

Montenegrin authorities on Thursday said custom officials in the Adriatic port of Bar on Wednesday seized 250 kilograms of cocaine shipped from Ecuador, Latin America.

The ship was carrying containers from Ecuador to Montenegro’s neighbour, Albania. The cocaine haul was described as the biggest drugs bust in the history of Montenegro.

Montenegrin Leader Firms up Ties to Ukraine

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will visit Ukraine next week to discuss diplomatic and economic cooperation between the two countries.

On the invitation of his counterpart, Ukraine’s Mikola Azar, Djukanovic will travel to Kiev on June 13 to hold talks with Ukraine’s new leaders.

Armed forces of Balkan states continue to cooperate closely

SARAJEVO - The armed forces of the Balkan states will continue to cooperate closely within the B-9 forum with a view to strengthening regional security, but also assisting each other in the crisis situations caused by natural disasters, their chiefs of the general staff concluded in a meeting in Sarajevo.

Montenegro to Build Homes for Kosovo Refugees

After spending more than a decade in substandard collective centres, thousands of refugees in Montenegro are to get improved accommodation over the next three years.

The Montenegrin government, with foreign donor support, has launched a programme for re-housing displaced persons, which envisages the construction of at least 900 housing units.

Strikers block railway traffic at Belgrade’s central station

BELGRADE - A number of international trains, including for Bar in Montenegro and Zurich in Switzerland, could not depart from Belgrade’s central station due to a strike staged by employees of the Serbian Railways on Monday.

Montenegrin contribution to flood relief praised

Montenegrin contribution to flood relief praised

PODGORICA -- Montenegrin citizens and organizations have provided massive assistance to flood victims in Serbia, Serbian Ambassador to Montenegro Zoran Bingulac has said.

Albania Eyes Gasification Via TAP Pipeline

Albania’s inter-institutional commission for cooperation with the TAP pipeline on Monday said Albpetrol had launched a bid in the first booking phase for the pipeline on May 14.

The TAP AG, the consortium that controls implementation of Trans-Adriatic Pipeline project, is expected to review the application.

Montenegro Rejects 2,400 Poll Violation Claims

The election commission said on Thursday that it had rejected all 2,400 official complaints from Montenegrin watchdog organisation MANS because although they were signed by the leader of the opposition Democratic Front, Miodrag Lekic, they were submitted by MANS activists.