December 19, 2012


President Vujanović Attends the Solemn Session of the Assembly of the Capital City
President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović, attended today the solemn session of the Municipal Assembly of Podgorica.

President congratulated to citizens, councilors, President of the Assembly and the Mayor on the Day of the Capital City and expressed appreciation for the achievements between this and the last day of the Capital. President agreed with the Mayorís statement that less had been done than in the previous years, but added that, taking into the account the difficult economic and financial year, a huge job had been done. Investing into the social programme and employment is to be particularly appreciated. It is evident that this has been a year of exquisite care for the social needs of the population of the Capital City, and I would say, a role model for Montenegro and the region of how a good policy can be oriented towards those who are in the state of social need, said the President. He expressed his opinion that this had been a year which would be remembered for the social dimension incorporated in the actions of the Capital City. He expressed special appreciation for the new job creation, for the fact that more than 4 thousand new jobs than the last year, which demonstrates that the Capital City and the state are exiting the crisis period and providing a chance to ensure, through employment and new jobs, a better budget of the Capital City, of all the municipality and Montenegro. President pointed out his belief that the strategic projects of Podgorica would be carried out by the dynamics conveyed by the mayor, with high figures in terms of finances and as regards the capital needs of the Capital. Great successes have been attained in Podgorica, as well as realistic planning, which is why the sincere congratulations go to the administration of the city, its executive power, legislative power and Mayor who have demonstrated that the Capital is going strongly and expansively forward, for the benefit of all the citizens of Podgorica.

Journalistís question:
What is your comment regarding the fact that Miodrag Lekić is most probably going to run for the presidential elections as an independent candidate?

Presidentís answer:
That is up to him to decide. I am certain that he had reasons to do so. It is evident that an explanation will be expected as to how a leader of a front, an MP and a list leader is becoming independent, but I believe that he will state his reasons and explain it to the public. I believe that this will be the first expression of interest for such a decision.

Journalistís question:
Will you be his counter-candidate?

Presidentís answer:
The famous question for me. Let us wait for few more weeks. We shall see who will be designated by the DPS, what would the agreement with the coalition partners, whom I believe to successfully represent the national communities, be like and after such an agreement and the evaluation of the DPS, we shall see who will run as the candidate.


Journalistís question:
Mr. Vujanović, judiciary has been marked as one of the weakest links in the system of Montenegro. The Venice Commission proposes a two-third majority in the Parliament for the election of the supreme state prosecutor and judges of the Constitutional Court. How do you comment on this, as a statesman and as a lawyer?

Presidentís answer:
I have always welcomed the positions of the Venice Commission and considered them to be fully reasoned. That is the Commission which gathered people with the greatest knowledge, experience and reputation in the field of law, and I am certain that they have carefully and responsibly considered the amendments to our Constitution. You know that from the very beginning I have been criticizing the model according to which the President of the Supreme Court is proposed by the President of the State, Prime Minister and Speaker of the Parliament. I think that this has been creating an impression of political proposers and I have been absolutely in favour of finding a model which is obviously proposed also by the Venice Commission. I have always fully supported strengthening of the judiciary as a whole, namely the prosecutorsí offices and courts, considering that we received the most competent suggestion we could have received from the international community, assured that it will soon be implemented in our Parliament.


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