SPEECHES
July 12, 2017

Cetinje: Statehood Day of Montenegro
On the occasion of the 13th July, Statehood Day of Montenegro, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović hosted reception in the Blue Palace in Cetinje.

Representatives from the political, scientific, cultural, commercial and sports field and former high state officials of Montenegro attended the reception, including representatives of the foreign diplomatic missions and high officials of the international organizations and institutions.

The President delivered the speech at the reception as follows:

Dear citizens of Montenegro,
Dear citizens of the Old Royal Capital Cetinje,
Distinguished state and local officials,
Your excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Among many historically remarkable years of Montenegro, this year will, proudly, have its notable place. In the country, which has been recognized by its centuries long battle for freedom and independence, years of achieving such aspirations are to be celebrated as everlasting values. In order to prevent history repeating itself, and to avoid permanent fight for freedom and independence, Montenegro has to have an alliance that will be a guarantee of the stability and eternity.

Montenegro has obtained that Alliance this year by its membership to NATO. The Alliance that is in the interest of all its citizens and in favor of stability and peace. The Alliance that is not against anyone, that does not forget either tradition or friends, that is focused on future, without risk of repeating dark pages of history. In the Balkans, lessons from the past are very hard to learn, and tragic mistakes are repeated, unfortunately, with more severe consequences. Therefore, and unfortunately as well, the Balkans need an ally to be protected from itself and that permanent stability is ensured. Along with the protection that comes with the Alliance, it is equally important that such Alliance ensures better economy and closer ties with the countries whose values we share and that we are mutually proud of.

It is the will of the destiny that this yearÈs integration goal has been achieved in the period when we mark the 120th anniversary of the participation of our army in global peacekeeping missions. In one such mission, which was an archetype of "Blue Helmets", by which human solidarity is recognized, the army of the Principality of Montenegro took part. That January 1897, in the Obilić field, our Prince Nikola addressed 70 soldiers, eight noncommissioned officers and two officers, sending the message: "Heroes! Great European powers honored me to send one unit of my Montenegrins to join the international army in Crete, because they are convinced that Montenegrins will fulfill their duty as it befits them - honorably and heroically."

Twelve decades ago, our Prince and later our King, knew that helping those in need was a matter of honor. He knew that joining international army was an honorable commitment. That such commitment should be fulfilled honestly and bravely. Honestly because it is imperative ethical vertical of this region and bravely because without bravery there would be no freedom or state. There would be no Montenegro.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Now when we have eternal state and eternal freedom, honor, honesty and heroism require our unity. They require that we should turn to each other in cherishing our multi-national and multi-confessional country and preciousness of our minorities. We have many close ties, but we are the closest to each other. Only united and collected can we build a better future for Montenegro in peace and harmony.

May God save Montenegro.
May harmony and peace be with everyone.
May Montenegro be eternal. more
June 07, 2017

Brussels: Montenegro 29th NATO member country
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović delivered the speech today at the NATO Headquarters at the Flag-Rising Ceremony marking MontenegroÈs accession to NATO.

Former Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović as well as current and former Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Defense attended the ceremony as members of the official delegation.

The address by the President of Montenegro:

Mr. Secretary General,
Excellences, Ladies and
Gentlemen,

It is indeed an extraordinary honor and pleasure to be celebrating the most important milestone today, the greatest success for Montenegro since it regained independence. A long-waited and well-deserved day. I believe that 7 June will also be remembered as an important day for the Alliance. Eight years since the last enlargement, Alliance now has a new member.

The flag of Montenegro will now proudly stand in front of NATO as a symbol of secure and prosperous future of Montenegro, which now fully belongs to the Euro Atlantic family of nations. Today everything is about the future, a future that now looks brighter for Montenegro. I will therefore mention history on this occasion just to say that this is truly a historic day for Montenegro.

Ever since 2006, when Montenegro returned to the map of Europe, we have worked steadily toward this goal. There were many challenges, difficult and sometimes painful decisions and reforms. Hard work and commitment are always adequately valued. We have overcome many obstacles, and in this process, we have become a better country. Rest assured, we will continue to work to improve ourselves even more. This is not the end, but a beginning of new Montenegro. A country that will continue to strive to be better and further its path towards EU integration for a better society and prosperity for its people. A country that will be more secure and safe, with a new chance to realize its potentials for the benefit of its citizens, with more opportunities for economic growth. A country that will continue to be a credible friend, constructive neighbor, a good example in difficult environment that brings more stability to our region. A country that will contribute to the best of its capacities and abilities to address the challenges Alliance, Europe and the world are facing today.

An ally you can count on. An ally that counts on you.

The importance of this day is momentous not just for us but for our region too. Another country of the Western Balkans and South East Europe is joining the greatest military Alliance in the world, thus contributing to peace and stability on the south of Europe. With Montenegro in NATO the Northern Mediterranean coast from Turkey to Portugal is part of the Euro Atlantic community. One of the most successful and transformational NATO policies - the open door policy is being reconfirmed today. This vividly sends a strong message that the perspective of membership is alive and that hard work is rewarded.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We wouldnÈt be here today without tireless efforts of hundreds of people in all spheres of our society that worked together and believed together in our NATO future. Today with us here are former Prime Minister Milo Đukanović and current and former Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Ministers of Defense, so I take this opportunity to express my respect and appreciation to them.

But we also wouldnÈt be here without you. I want to express the gratitude of Montenegro for the help and support we have received from our friends and allies. I want to thank NATO and the Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg for his continuous and strong support, advice and friendship, which reflects his vision and knowledge he has about the region and importance of NATO open door policy. I want to thank the member countries from the region that have seen our success as their own: Slovenia, as our contact country for four years, was a great support on our road, but also Croatia and Albania. Our special gratitude goes to Hungary too, the last contact point country for Montenegro.

I would also like to thank all other NATO countries, which have been great supporters and provided us with expertize, knowledge, assistance and advice, even criticism when needed, be it here or back home, within the mission in Afghanistan, in building our defense and security sector or strengthening our political system and rule of law. I want particularly to thank all the NATO members for the efficient ratification of the Protocol on Montenegro’s accession.

We share our success with you, as we are happy to share this great day with all of you.

Dear friends,

The new era for Montenegro begins today. Montenegro will be a responsible Ally, who will uphold, promote and protect the values of the Euro Atlantic community to which it rightfully belongs. Back in December 2015 when we got the invitation we stated that was a beginning of a true friendship. Today, we are at beginning of a valued alliance, based on strength, solidarity and unity.

With our flag forever in front of the NATO, may Montenegro be eternal.

Thank you! more
November 03, 2014

Austria: President Vujanović at the Conference in the UN Headquarters in Vienna
At the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović participated at the Second UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries, which was held in the UN Headquarters in Vienna.

President Vujanović was a keynote speaker at the main panel of the Conference, together with the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, UNDP Chief Administrator, Helen Clark, President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili and Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden, Isabella Lovin.

The address of the President as follows:


Dear UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon,
Dear representatives of the UN member states,
Dear hosts, representatives of the Austrian Government,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am honoured to address you on behalf of Montenegro and confirm that Montenegro joins the efforts of the United Nations and Secretary-General in solving special needs of the developing and least developed countries. Economic growth of these countries has significantly been limited due to their distance from the world market. As a transit and geographically small country, Montenegro sends a clear message from this Conference: the need for mobilization of additional international support for the landlocked developing countries as well as renewal of partnership with international financial and development institutions for these countries. This is crucial for full implementation of the basic document for the work of this Conference - Almaty Programme of Action.

After ten years, we can be sure that development of infrastructure and connection, integration of transport systems, especially railway system, together with fostering legal basis for cooperation with transit countries, are prerequisites for economic progress of the landlocked developing countries. The role of the United Nations in this context is important, especially when it comes to better coordination of technical and financial assistance, primarily financial institutions - UN affiliations- World Bank, IFC and major donors, as well as ensuring concessional credits. more
October 17, 2014

Geneva: President of Montenegro at the Crans Montana Forum
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović took part in the panel "Securing a long-term stability in the South Eastern Europe", which was held today in the framework of the Crans Montana Forum dedicated to "Homeland and Global Security" in Geneva.

The address of the President Vujanović as follows:

Distinguished Presidents and participants of the Forum,
Dear Ambassador Carteron,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to express my appreciation to the Ambassador Jean Paul Carteron for dedicating special session to the stability in the South East Europe in the framework of this Forum. Geneva and Switzerland are, indeed, inspirational for discussion on this topic, as their history proved that long-term peace and coexistence of different nations is not an utopia, but a feasible reality.

When analyzing stability of the South East Europe, we must always have in mind that we talk about the region where extensive war conflicts took place in the last century, including both World Wars. The Balkan wars preceded the World War I. The First World War, the centenary of which has been marked this year, started in the Balkan region. The Second World War caused huge loss of lives and devastation in the South East Europe. Only 45 years after its end, new tragic conflict took place in the Balkans, so that the end of the last and beginning of this century would be remembered by victims and devastation as a result of breakup of former Yugoslavia. more
September 24, 2014

New York: President of Montenegro in a Session of the United Nations General Assembly
The following is the speech by President Vujanović:

Distinguished Presidency,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I wish to express my high appreciation for the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-moon’s efforts in promoting and achieving peace, security and prosperity in the world.

Allow me, then, to extend due acknowledgement to the President of the previous session of the General Assembly of the UN, Mr. John William Ashe for his achievements and to express the best wishes to Mr. Sam Kutesa, President of the 69th Session of the General Assembly of the UN, and confirm MontenegroČs readiness to full cooperation aimed at his successful performance of this high duty. more
September 24, 2014

New York: President Vujanović in a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the 69th UN General Assembly
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović participated today in a UN conference entitled: “Open Government Partnership” held at the UN Headquarters, where, on the occasion of the prize award ceremony, he presented the second prize of the Open Government Partnership’s international initiative in a competition of the best projects from 33 world countries which promote citizen involvement in public policy. The prize was awarded to the coordinator of the campaign “Be responsible. ItÈs up to you. Zero Grey Economy” Vuk Vujnović from the Public Relations Bureau in the Government of Montenegro and Professor Slobodan Đukanović, Coordinator of the Creative Programming Team at the Faculty for Electrical Engineering in Podgorica.

The following is the text of the speech by President Vujanović:

Distinguished Co-Chairs,
Your Excellences Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished delegates,

First of all, I would like to commend Open Government Partnership activities on the occasion of its third year anniversary. I believe that all of us share gratitude for an excellent leadership of Indonesia as well as good wishes for full success of Mexico in that role in the forthcoming year.

Montenegro has been working with determination over the years to enhance partnership of the Government with the civil sector and individual citizens. As a result, its civil sector comprises 1500 active Civil Organizations, which is a remarkable figure given that population of Montenegro is 620.000. The Government has reiterated its call for partnership with civil sector on a number of occasions, involving Civil Organizations into legislature process and governmental working groups. more
September 23, 2014

New York: President of Montenegro Addresses UN Climate Summit
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović addressed today the Climate Summit at the United Nations Headquarters.

The following is the text of the speech by President Vujanović:

Distinguished Chair,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

First of all, I wish to express my gratitude to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for the organization of the Climate Summit. The Summit is an exceptional opportunity for the UN member states, representatives of public, private and civil sectors to present their estimates and ideas with a view to reducing the greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening the climate resistance. The Summit is also an opportunity to mobilize the political will towards the global 2015 Agreement. The fact that the Summit is not a part of the negotiation process within the UN Framework Convention (UNFCCC) contributes to the acceptance of opinions and ideas from various levels and sectors.

Montenegro has an active and constructive relation towards the negotiations within this Framework Convention and attributes great attention to other international initiatives supporting the UN efforts in reaching a new international agreement on climate. more
July 12, 2014

Cetinje: Statehood Day of Montenegro
On the occasion of July 13, Statehood Day, the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović hosted an official reception in Blue Palace in Cetinje.

The reception was attended by a great number of invitees, representatives of political, scientific, cultural, economic, public and sports life of Montenegro, as well as national heroes and former state officials.

The representatives of diplomatic corps and high representatives of international organizations and institutions were also present.

The following is the text of the speech given by the President:

Dear citizens of Montenegro,
Dear citizens of the Old Royal Capital of Cetinje,
Distinguished State and Local-Government Officials,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,


There are many important and great dates in our centuries-long history that we all have been rightly proud of. And each date is a symbol of fight for and defence of freedom and humanity. However, July 13th, our Statehood Day, holiday of all our citizen, surpasses each of them and deserves the widest respect.

The first July 13th, back in 1878, when independence of Montenegro was recognized at the Berlin Congress, lifted Montenegro to the heights, placing it among other free European states and nations. The second July 13th, back in 1941, was the date when the citizens of Montenegro, in the great anti-fascist uprising, massively and determinedly, beyond all ideological and social boundaries, said "NO" to the fascism and subjection, thus eternally and widely celebrating freedom-loving spirit of Montenegro, in the then occupied Europe. more
June 25, 2014

Romania: Address by President Vujanović at the SEECP Summit
President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović held speech today at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the South East European Cooperation Process.

Address by President Vujanović :

Your Excellencies,
Dear friends,

First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to our host, President Bãsescu for the warm welcome and excellent organization of the Summit.

Montenegro strongly supports all regional processes and it has been fully committed to the improvement of good cooperation with the neighbouring countries and the region. In this context, the South East Cooperation Process has a special value, not only for its contributions to the stability and cooperation in the region, but also for its important role in wider integrations.

The SEECP has been successfully promoting values of each country in the region for already 18 years now, representing a political forum in the interest of dialogue, mutual understanding and progress in the integration processes of the South East European countries that have been in these processes.

As an important regional mechanism, the SEECP will continue to assist us in finding the solution for open issues. Democratic ambiance of the region is such that value of the political dialogue in solving open issues is a clear and permanent commitment. In this dialogue, the role of regional initiatives and organizations is of paramount importance. more
June 20, 2014

President Vujanović Speaks at the First Session of Crans Montana Forum
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović delivered today a speech at the first plenary session of the Crans Montana Forum – “Peace and Development in the Mediterranean: Improving Cooperation and Building a Better World”.

The following is the text of the speech delivered by President Vujanović:

Your Excellenices,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is my great pleasure to be with you today here in Rabat and to take part in the Crans Montana Forum once again. The Forum has been a valued gathering of the decision-makers for the last 25 years, promoting ideas for a more humane and fair world. I believe that this session will also be fruitful, as always.
Montenegro is a country that reflects the diversity of the region it belongs to - the Mediterranean. I proudly say that Montenegro is a place where people of different religions and ethnic background live in harmony for centuries. This harmony was preserved even in times of war conflicts in the Balkans 20 years ago. more
June 20, 2014

Morocco: President of Montenegro at Crans Montana Forum
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović participates in the Crans Montana Forum which takes place in Rabat, Morocco, from 19 to 22 June, under the patronage of King Mohammed VI.

The Forum is devoted to peace and development in the Mediterranean and improving cooperation in this Region.

President Vujanović delivered a speech at the opening of the Forum.

The following is the text of the keynote speech by President Vujanović:

Your Excellencies,
Distinguished co-chairs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to take part in the 25th annual session of the Crans Montana Forum, which takes place under the high patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI at the ISESCO headquarters here in Rabat. I am proud to be a part of it for so many years now and I am especially grateful to the organizers for inviting me to celebrate together this remarkable anniversary. I would also like to express my highest appreciation to the host for the excellent organization and warm welcome.

It is almost 30 years of a successful mission of the Crans Montana Forum in connecting people and nations and contributing to a more human and impartial world, together with its institutional partners such as the UN, UNESCO, UNIDO, ISESCO, NATO, the European Union, the Council of Europe and major international Groups. Therefore, ambassador Jean Paul Carteron, certainly, deserves special appreciation and respect for his commitment and devotion. more
May 30, 2014

Budva, President of Montenegro Opens the 39th EPRA Meeting
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović opened tonight the 39th EPRA meeting in Budva.

The following is the text of the speech by the President:

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Development of every field has a historical significance. Since Volujica, in 1904, and the development of the first radio-telegraphic station in this part of Europe until today, the history of Montenegro’s scientific and technological era has been written, always trying, even in this way, to develop its connections with the world. Today, 110 years later, Montenegro as a sovereign country is committed to European and Euro-Atlantic integration, firmly believing in all fundamental principles of democracy and freedom.

Considering the territory and the number of citizens, Montenegro is among the countries with the largest number of electronic media in Europe. Now more than ever, they are playing a key role in our society and, because of their influence on the public, they are of vital importance for the democratic processes in Montenegro. New media legislation has provided them with an independent status, guaranteed by the law, independent sources of funding, but also made them directly responsible to the public, i.e. citizens, as defined by the law. Consequently, they assumed great responsibility to harmonize the freedom of expression with the highest European standards. The state of Montenegro has been continuously supporting this difficult transition process, but it cannot and should not be the only guarantee of media freedom. Therefore, by accepting professional standards and establishing self-regulatory bodies, electronic media must support this process of democratization, guaranteeing the protection of citizens’ freedom and rights in this field at the level defined by international documents on human rights. more
March 25, 2014

Opening of the EU Info Center in Podgorica
President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović and Eduard Kukan, Chair of the European Parliament Delegation for Relations with the Western Balkans and Dirk Lange, Head of the EC Unit for Montenegro, opened the EU Info Centre today in Podgorica.

Speech delivered by the President:

Esteemed Mr. Kukan,
Mr. Lange,
Ambassador Drobnič,
Mr. Picula,
Your Excellencies,
President of the Supreme Court,
Governor of the Central Bank,
Esteemed High Dignitaries,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. Kukan said everything that was to be said about the Center. WeÈve heard all that was to be said about MontenegroÈs European path. I am grateful for what he said about the Center and MontenegroÈs European path. Respecting his words and respecting your time, I will just express gratitude that needs to be conveyed on this great occasion. First of all, thanks to the EU for helping to accelerate the negotiations of Montenegro for membership in the EU through this Centre. We are very satisfied with our pace so far. We opened and provisionally closed Chapters 25 and 26 relating to science and research, education and culture, and gave an opportunity to our institutions and organizations, and those who work in them, to get closer to the EU in sharing these great values in important areas of creativity. WeÈve gotten the opportunity for our citizens who work in these areas of activity to achieve all the benefits of opening these two chapters. To have the opportunity to share their experiences, have the opportunity to receive financial support for their projects, to have an opportunity for new insights, in a word - to be a part of a large family in the fields of science, culture, research and education. Here they will be able to obtain information about all of that and to be present in these important fields of activity in the EU. more
March 10, 2014

President Vujanović and UN DSG Jan Eliasson Open UN Eco Building in Podgorica
The President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović and Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-General, opened the Eco Building of the United Nations, today in Podgorica.




The following is the text of the speech given by President Vujanović:

Esteemed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Jan Eliasson,
Representatives of the United Nations,
High State Dignitaries,
Mayor,
Invitees of Podgorica,
Your Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

I would like to share with you pleasure over the completion of Eco Building of the United Nations, which is in many ways unique. It is unique because this is the only eco building in Southeast Europe that housed all United Nations agencies. They are housed in a way that will ensure their maximum communication, cooperativeness and efficient work and achievement of a valuable goal of the United Nations agencies to deliver as one.

It is unique also for meeting all environmental and energy requirements of full self-sufficiency of this building. It will be self-sufficient in energy and generate electricity whose excess will make a part of our energy system, its compensation being invested in the Centre for Sustainable Development of UNDP that will be committed to green projects of Montenegro. more
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