Latest News from Montenegro

Montenegro Police Re-arrest Regional Drug Gang’s Alleged Boss

Police footage of Slobodan Kaselan's arrest in Kotor, Montenegro. Photo: Twitter/Police Diretorate

Kascelan, 58, is listed in Montenegro police records as one of the leaders of the drug gang based in the Montenegrin town of Kotor. But in 2019 such claims or any involvement in drug trafficking.

Police Chief’s Appointment Raises Ethnic Tensions in Montenegrin Town

Protesters outside the police station in Pljevlja. Photo: Facebook/Printscreen

Media reported that some protesters who gathered near the police station were singing nationalistic songs and chanting: "Serbian Sparta has been waking up, this country will not become Turkey."

Montenegro to Sign Agreement With Serbian Orthodox Church

PM Zdravko Krivokapic (left) during the Christmas procession in a church in Podgorica. Photo: Government of Montenegro

"I have been talking with Serbian Orthodox Church Patriarch, Porfirije, and we will soon agree on the date of signing the agreement. This issue must not be the subject of politicization in order to score political points," Krivokapic wrote on Twitter.

Transfer to Fortenova close as loan deal signed to restructure Mercator’s debt

Zagreb – The Croatian group Fortenova and Slovenian retailer Mercator have signed a contract under which the latter will get a EUR 385 million loan to restructure its debt to creditor banks, in a move that further enables the transfer of the Slovenian retailer from the bankrupt former owner Agrokor to Fortenova.

Youth and digitalisation in focus of Adriatic-Ionian conference

Ljubljana – President Borut Pahor said the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative is an important leverage of regional cooperation and European integration of Western Balkan countries as he addressed the 17th conference of parliamentary speakers from the group of 10 countries as part of Slovenia’s presidency of the initiative.

Anti-Semitism Used as Tool in Balkan Disputes: Report

Although there is a "low presence of anti-Semitism" and only a few thousand Jews remaining in Western Balkan countries, the issue is being appropriated for use in ongoing regional political disputes, says a new report published by the International Republican Institute NGO on Thursday.

Montenegro Hopes EU Will Help it Repay Chinese Highway Loan

Construction workers on the first phase of Bar-Boljare highway, Montenegro. Photo: Government of Montenegro

Spajic explained that the government was looking for ways to finance its largest infrastructure project under more favourable conditions.

Montenegro Parliament Urged to Probe Ex-Leader’s Srebrenica Role

Movement for Changes leader Nebojsa Medojevic in parliament in Podgorica. Photo: Parliament of Montenegro.

"There are public indications that the Montenegrin authorities supported Bosnian Serb forces, despite the former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia's embargo on the Bosnian Serb authorities," Medojevic said.

Oil Exploration off Montenegro Triggers Fears for Environment, Tourism

Projections suggest Montenegro might have enough oil and gas out at sea to cover its own needs. It signed a concession contract in 2016 and officials say the first exploratory drilling might take up to six months.

But local residents and environmental activists are worried.

"There is no vision," said Natasa Kovacevic of the NGO Green Home.

Croatia Says Serbia Must Resolve Missing Persons Issue Before Joining EU

President Zoran Milanovic said on Tuesday that he spoke with representatives of Croatian war veterans' associations and agreed with them that the fate of Croatian soldiers and civilians who went missing during the 1990s war for independence from Yugoslavia must finally be established.

In Montenegro, Unchecked Waste Muddies Once Clear Waters

According to the findings of an investigation by the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro, CIN-CG, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, and the weekly news magazine Monitor, authorities in Montenegro are allowing dangerous waste from a number of companies to pollute the Zeta, to the alarm of residents who say their health is being affected.

Montenegro Minister Refuses to Resign for Srebrenica Genocide Comments

Montenegrin Minister of Justice, Human and Minority Rights Vladimir Leposavic. Photo: Government of Montenegro.

Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic proposed the sacking of Leposavic on Monday after the minister expressed doubt about the international court's ruling classifying the 1995 Srebrenica massacres of Bosniaks by Bosnian Serb forces as genocide.