Duško Marković: Montenegro will be a ‘constructive partner’ for the Council of Europe

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Duško Markovic has reaffirmed his government’s commitment to implementing Council of Europe standards and recommendations – and outlined work carried out so far on combating corruption, ensuring media freedom and strengthening equality, among other areas.

Addressing the Parliamentary Assembly in Strasbourg, he pledged: “We’ll continue to be a constructive partner, implementing Council of Europe recommendations on a national level.” As regards the European Convention on Human Rights, he said “it has been, and should remain, our starting point and our goal”.

Turning to the wider situation in the Western Balkans region, the Prime Minister highlighted good neighbourly relations as a key foreign policy priority: “We want to be connected to our neighbours, and to use our common history.” The support of the EU was vital for regional development, he said, while NATO continued to be the best possible framework for guaranteeing Montenegro’s security.