Latest News from Montenegro

Parties retreat into election silence

BELGRADE - The campaign ended for the early parliamentary elections that will be held in Serbia on Sunday, March 16, and election silence will be in force until the close of polls at 8 p.m. the same day.

In these polls, 6,767, 324 citizens will be eligible to vote and elect 250 MPs for the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia.

Refugees in Montenegro Seek Return to Kosovo

Montenegro's Minister of Labour and Social Welfare, Predrag Boskovic, said on Thursday that at least 108 families, mostly from the Pec, Djakovica, Kline areas, wish to return to Kosovo in 2014 if the Montenegrin and Kosovo authorities can provide adequate conditions.

Montenegro Opposition Demand NATO Referendum

Miodrag Lekic, leader of the Democratic Front, on Wednesday said the opposition bloc will seek a referendum on joining NATO if the government pushes ahead with membership without seeking people's consent.

"The outcome of a referendum will be acceptable to all members of the Democratic Front," the opposition leader assured.

Balkans, EU continue struggle for press freedom

Balkans, EU continue struggle for press freedom

Balkan countries remain a dangerous place for journalists, according to a recent report on media freedom.

Macedonian journalists warn about regression of media freedom in the country. [Tomislav Georgiev/SETimes]

Turkey, Balkan states lead global police training co-operative

Turkey, Balkan states lead global police training co-operative

Now in its fourth year, INTERPA is a growing international organisation aimed at improving the quality of police training.

Police training academies from Turkey and several Balkan states helped establish the International Association of Police Academies (INTERPA) in 2011. [AFP]

Trade deficit drops by 30.4% in January

BELGRADE - Serbia's foreign trade deficit totalled USD 357.7 million in January and was by 30.4 percent lower than in the same month in 2013, the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia released on Wednesday.

Trade surplus with CEFTA countries USD 89.7 million

BELGRADE - Serbia gained surplus in trade with the CEFTA countries amounting to USD 89.7 million in January 2014, reads a statement by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (RSZ) on Wednesday.

The exports to the CEFTA countries in January amounted to USD 153.7 million, while the imports were USD 64 million, and the export- import ratio equaled 240 percent.

Montenegro Sued Over Aluminium Plant's Losses

CEAC filed on Tuesday a request to a Vienna court for arbitration proceedings with the Montenegrin government, seeking over 600 million euro in compensation for losses for the aluminum plant's bankruptcy.

The biggest creditors of the KAP aluminium plant are the Montenegrin government and Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska, through CEAC.

Belgrade named best place for tourism

BELGRADE - Belgrade has been named the best place for tourism as part of the traditional International tourist patrol "SACEN International", with Turkey as the best tourist destination and Belgrade-based Singidunum University as the best partner in tourism in southeastern Europe in 2013.

Wilhelm: Mercedes bus signal to Germans to invest in Serbia

BELGRADE - German Ambassador to Serbia Heinz Wilhelm has said that Mercedes-Benz’ cooperation with Serbian companies is a good signal to other large German companies to invest in Serbia.

Montenegrins in Kosovo Seek Official Status

Montenegrin associations in Kosovo filed a joint initiative for consolidation of the community's legal status in the country on Thursday.

The initiative was submitted to President Atifete Jahjaga, the speaker of the Assembly, Jakup Krasniqi, and the Prime Minister, Hashim Thaci.

New gov't will have much to do, must continue reforms

KOPAONIK - The new Serbian government will have much to do, but its most important task is to seize the historic opportunity presented by the EU accession process and continue the initiated reforms, ambassadors of leading European countries said on Thursday.

Djukanovic to Meet US Vice-President

The Montenegrin Prime Minister, Milo Djukanovic, will meet US Vice-President Joseph Biden during a three-day visit to Washington in March, focusing on the country’s NATO ambitions.

According to the media, Djukanovic and Biden will discuss Montenegro’s aspirations to become a full member of the Atlantic Alliance at the upcoming summit scheduled for September in Wales in the UK.

Tourist visits to Belgrade up by 12 percent in January

BELGRADE - A total of 36,295 tourists visited Belgrade in January 2014, which is by 12 percent more than in the same month in 2013, the data of the City Institute of Informatics and Statistics show.

MSP: Avoid trips to Ukraine

BELGRADE - The Serbian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MSP) recommended to Serbian citizens on Tuesday to refrain from trips to Ukraine and warned those who are staying and working in Ukraine to avoid public gatherings and keep in touch with the Serbian Embassy in Kiev.