Latest News from Montenegro
Dragoslav Kosmajac faces a speedy to return Serbia this week after the Montenegrin police arrested and interrogated him on Monday in the coastal town of Kotor.
Media reports said that Kosmajac would be extradited to Serbia because he is “not welcome” in Montenegro.
Montenegro’s annual national report on the weapons trade said the country exported arms worth around 6.5 million euros over the last year, a 30-per-cent increase in value in comparison to previous years.
EXIT raises EUR 140,000 for flood victims
BUDVA -- A total of over EUR 140,000 was raised for flood victims in the region at a humanitarian event held during the two-day Sea Dance festival.
The event represents "second part" of the EXIT music festival, held this year in Novi Sad, Serbia and in Budva, Montenegro.
BELGRADE - Due to higher traffic volumes at the border crossings Gradina to Bulgaria and Spiljani to Montengro, passenger vehicles are waiting for around 45 minutes to leave Serbia on Sunday.
At the Batrovci border crossing, between Croatia and Serbia, the wait time is estimated at around 90 minutes, the Serbian Interior Ministry stated.
Podgorica’s High Court on Thursday jailed 11 indictees in a case involving illegal construction work at Zavala hill in Budva in 2007 and 2008.
Rajko Kuljaca, former mayor of the coastal resort, and Dragan Marovic, his deputy, were found guilty of abuse of office to the benefit a private company, Zavala Invest, and to the detriment of the municipal budget, of more than 800,000 euros.
Media community urged to raise ethical standards
VIENNA -- The OSCE representative on media freedom welcomed the readiness of the media community in Montenegro to launch a process to improve media self-regulation.
Dunja Mijatović also welcomed their readiness to start the process of confidence-building between media actors.
Montenegrin police said they had detained two men on Thursday suspected of being involved in the attack on Tufik Softic, a journalist from the opposition daily newspaper Vijesti.
“Vladimir Labudovic and Ivan Asanovic were arrested in the town of Budva for the [suspected] criminal offence of attempted murder,” the police stated on Thursday.
The ruling coalition of Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic mustered enough votes in parliament to push through a bill that will closen ties to NATO.
With the backing of the ruling coalition and part of the opposition, a majority of MPs in Montenegro adopted a law on the status of NATO forces on Wednesday.
Serbia reduces foreign exchange deficit by 23 percent
BELGRADE -- Serbia's external trade totaled USD 35.16 billion in 2013, which constitutes a 16.6 percent increase relative to the previous year.
The country has managed to reduce its foreign exchange deficit by 22.9 percent, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (RZS) said on Wednesday.