Milatović: We are in an important historical stage, the quality of our lives will depend on its successful completion

The President of Montenegro pointed out that he sees the further development of democracy, improvement of the state of the rule of law and sustainable economic development as three parallel and continuous processes that require the greatest degree of engagement of all social factors

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Jakov Milatović, Photo: Office for Public Relations of the President of Montenegro
Jakov Milatović, Photo: Office for Public Relations of the President of Montenegro
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As we celebrate the coming of age of the restoration of independence, I want to remind you that we are in an important historical stage, the successful completion of which will depend on the quality of life of ours, as well as the generations to come, said President Jakov Milatović in his address on the occasion of the one year anniversary of assuming office as the President of Montenegro. .

He pointed out that he sees the further development of democracy, improvement of the state of the rule of law and sustainable economic development as three parallel and continuous processes that require the greatest degree of engagement of all social factors. Milatović said that the European Union is not a goal in itself, it is a value commitment to which Montenegro belongs.

Milatović said that facing some of the dark pages of our past is not a matter of choice, but an obligation and debt to those who, due to a different national, religious or political commitment, made a sacrifice that was ignored by the state for decades.

"The vision of the development of the civic and European state of Montenegro, as I presented it at the beginning of my mandate, shaped my actions in the past year and decisively influenced the decisions I made. In the current state of institutional stagnation, which we witnessed in May 2023, contribution to the stabilization of the system and consolidation within the state apparatus emerged as one of the most important challenges.

I tried to be a factor of reconciliation and unity, for the benefit of every citizen and society as a whole. At the same time, I dedicated my activities to directing social processes towards the further democratization of Montenegro," said Milatović.

He said that despite the unfavorable internal circumstances, which marked a good part of 2023, the process of European integration was revived and significant steps were taken towards meeting the criteria that will further bring us closer to EU membership.

"Along with the internal agenda, through intensive diplomatic activity, the country's international reputation was strengthened, the credibility of NATO membership was improved, and support for peace and cooperation policies was continuously provided. In bilateral relations, the strategic partnership with the USA and key European countries was confirmed, and the hand of friendship was extended to the countries of the Near and Far East," said the President of Montenegro.

He added that through active economic diplomacy, Montenegro has been presented as a country of opportunities and a desirable destination for credible foreign investors.

"Confronting some of the dark pages of our past was not a matter of choice, but an obligation and debt to those who, due to a different national, religious or political orientation, made a sacrifice that was ignored by the state for decades. After decades of pronounced social inequality, we returned into the focus of based values ​​such as education, science and culture, thus creating conditions for building a society of equal opportunities.

With my daily activities, I reminded of the importance of fostering inter-religious and inter-national harmony, considering differences as part of the rich cultural treasury of our civil society," said Milatović.

As we celebrate the coming of age of the restoration of independence, I want to remind you that we are in an important historical stage, the successful completion of which will depend on the quality of life of ours, as well as the generations to come, the President of Montenegro pointed out.

"I am convinced that as a society we have managed to recognize the importance of the current moment and continue even more strongly to build the prosperous future of our country together. That Montenegro is eternal!", Milatović concluded his address.

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