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M. Lajčák Wraps up His Visit to Montenegro

M. Lajčák Wraps up His Visit to Montenegro

8.5.2019 | Aktivity ministra | Predsedníctvo Slovenska v OBSE |

Miroslav Lajčák, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic, continued today (8 May 2019) with the second day of his visit to Montenegro as the Chairperson-in-Office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Today he talked with Ivan Brajović, Speaker of the Montenegrin Parliament, and Prime Minister Duško Marković. Lajčák stated his appreciation of the progress achieved in the reform efforts and the accession negotiations with the European Union.  “Montenegro is a success story of democratic transformation and Euro-Atlantic integration and a positive example for the entire region,” the Slovak Minister said in this regard. He assured his partners of the ongoing support of the Slovak Republic also in the form of direct technical assistance. Slovakia, as the country chairing the OSCE, also wants to actively promote the realization of the projects of the OSCE Mission in Montenegro that contribute to increasing the quality of legislation with the emphasis on election processes, the fight against corruption and money laundering, support for human rights and freedom of the media. Environmental projects are of no lesser importance in the OSCE assistance – the regional cooperation project in the prevention and handling of forest fires being of special significance. The Montenegrin partners expressed their appreciation for the work of Slovakia’s OSCE Chairmanship and declared their readiness to continue in their reform efforts in close cooperation with the OSCE Mission. In relation to the realization of the OSCE projects, Minister Lajčák also met with representatives of the non-governmental organizations that are implementation partners of the OSCE projects, and emphasized their key role in society.
 

 

At the University of Montenegro Minister Lajčák was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa for his exceptional contribution to the development of Slovak-Montenegrin relations and his practical contribution to mediation and conflict-resolution in crisis situations. The head of Slovak diplomacy officially presented bilateral aid to the grammar schools in Pljevlja and the state hospital in Podgorica valued at almost EUR 20,000. At the end of the visit Lajčák gave an exclusive interview for the Montenegrin public TV RTCG.
 

 

Montenegro is considered to be a leader in the euro integration process among the countries in the region. Slovakia has long advocated EU membership for Montenegro and also supports the country with bilateral development aid. The OSCE, chaired by Slovakia this year, also plays an important role in the country. It provides technical assistance in building institutions, legislation processes, projects focused on the environment, as well as in supporting human rights and media freedom.