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President Pahor starts visits to Serbia, Kosovo

Belgrade – President Borut Pahor will visit Serbia on Sunday and Kosovo on Monday as he prepares for the next summit of the Brdo-Brijuni Process, a regional cooperation initiative. He is scheduled to meet Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić today, and Kosovar President Vjosa Osmani and Prime Minister Albin Kurti tomorrow.

Krivokapić signed: The Embassy of Montenegro is closing

Among the documents from this morning's session is the decision to open the Consulate of Montenegro in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Podgorica-based Vijesti reported.
"With an honorary consul at the helm and jurisdiction over the following areas: Plovdiv, Gabrovo, Burgas, Varna, Haskovo, Yambol and Ruse," reads the decision signed by Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic.

WHO: COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Nearly 470,000 Lives of People over 60 in 33 European Countries

The COVID-19 vaccine has saved 469,186 lives for people aged 60 and over in 33 countries in the WHO European Region since the start of the vaccination campaign. This is evidenced by the results of a new study by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), the organizations said in a press release, quoted by TASS.

Unbuilt Sewage Treatment Plants Cost Montenegro Taxpayers Millions

But in 2014, the Democratic Party of Socialists, which had run Rozaje for two decades, lost power in the municipality.

The new municipal authorities, led by the Bosniak Party and the Social Democratic Party, then suddenly decided to build the wastewater treatment plant at another location.

Montenegro Urged to Step Up Efforts to Tackle Money-Laundering

Council of Europe conference in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: Council of Europe.

Yngve Engstrom, head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, told the conference that the anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing system in Montenegro must be improved.

Montenegro Seeks to Cash in on Abandoned Military Sites

The July 13th base is one of the dozens of disused army facilities dotted across Montenegro. Of 92 military-owned buildings in the country, only 27 are in use, the ministry of defense told BIRN. Efforts to find investors for them have been hit-and-miss at best.

Montenegro President Denies Role in Money-Laundering Ring

President Milo Djukanovic at a press conference in Cetinje, Montenegro. Photo: EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC

On November 13, BIRN has published theTaci's wiretapped conversations in which the Albanian businessman said he had involved Djukanovic in money transfers to Montenegro's Prva Bank.

Turkey beat Montenegro 2-1, qualify for 2022 World Cup playoffs

Turkey defeated Montenegro 2-1 in a 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifications Group G match on Nov. 16. 

Montenegro started the match at home very fast and drew first blood in the third minute with Fatos Beqiraj at Podgorica City Stadium.

Turkey's response came in the 22nd minute with Kerem Aktürkoğlu. The first half ended 1-1.

Montenegro Authorities Exaggerated Cost of Highway, Surveys Show

The first stretch of the Bar-Boljare highway in Montenegro. Photo: Government of Montenegro

According to a feasibility study by URS Infrastructure and Environment, a British engineering consultancy, the first phase of the highway should cost $803 million euros, while a study by another British consultancy, Scott Wilson Group, said it should cost $570 million.

Turkey sets eyes on World Cup berth

Turkey heads to Montenegro on Nov. 16 night knowing that a victory would be enough for it to secure a top-two finish in its 2022 World Cup qualification group.

The country is currently second in Group G, level on points with third-placed Norway, while Montenegro is down in fourth and will finish in that position regardless of what happens on the final matchday.

Turkey jumps second spot in 2022 World Cup qualifiers with Gibraltar win

Turkey thrashed Gibraltar 6-0 on Nov. 13 to take the second spot on goal difference in 2022 World Cup qualifiers.

The home side took control from kick-off, Kerem Aktürkoğlu scored an impressive solo goal in the 11th minute, giving Turkey a 1-0 lead at Başakşehir Fatih Terim stadium in Turkish metropolis Istanbul.

Turkey to sweat in last ‘win-wait’ matches

Turkey will host Gibraltar in Istanbul on Nov. 13 and challenge Montenegro in Podgorica on Nov. 16 in the last two matches of Group G, hoping to win both, while waiting for the Netherlands and Norway to lose points to qualify for the 2022 World Cup.

Turkey’s Pragmatic Policy in the Balkans has its Limits

Then September brought a flurry of meetings: Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu travelled to Serbia to open a Turkish consulate in the city of Novi Pazar, part of the southwestern region of Sandzak, straddling both Serbia and Montenegro and mainly populated by Bosniak Muslims; Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic visited Erdogan in Istanbul; and Erdogan met Croatian President Zoran Milanov

Montenegro Plans Tougher Penalties for Attacks on Journalists

Media representatives at a polling station in Podgorica, Montenegro. Photo: EPA-EFE/BORIS PEJOVIC

According to the amendments proposed to parliament, journalists would be treated the same as members of professions of public importance, such as the police and army.

Montenegro Govt Allocates 100,000 Euros for Afghan Refugees

Afghan evacuees arrive at Pristina airport in Kosovo in August. Photo: EPA-EFE/VALDRIN XHEMAJ

A total of 100,000 euros will be allocated after Montenegro pledged financial support during a UN meeting on September 13.