July 26, 2013


President Vujanović in Plav
President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanović, attended the solemn session of the Municipal Assembly of Plav held on the occasion of the Municipality Day.

The President congratulated the Municipality Day to the citizens, councilors, the president of the Municipal Assembly and the Mayor. He expressed his satisfaction over what has been done between the two holidays and the belief that there will be numerous and important projects carried out by the schedule that is planned, and projects of a significant value were also pointed out .
The President said that it was important that Gusinje would be granted the municipality status and that the dynamics was in accordance with that procedure, which is normatively prescribed. It is certain that Plav and Gusinje will continue a good partnership. A powerful diaspora from Gusinje and Plav, largely in the US should be used so as to find the room for investment in this beautiful area. To find conditions for this capital from abroad to be provided and jobs created for the area of Plav and Gusinje, these being the chances and obligations of the diaspora. He said that in a conversation with the mayor, it was noted that these incentive measures were stimulating for the investments and that everyone will benefit, including our people who earn money abroad invest it here.
President expressed satisfaction with the good dynamics of the road Plav - Podgorica. These projects of community infrastructure, on the one hand, enhanced the quality of life, and on the other, were aimed at continuous enhancement of the quality of life for the good of all the citizens of Plav.

Journalistís question:
After the meeting of the DPS and SDP, do you expect the two parties to agree on revised budget and do you think it is right that public funds are reallocated allegedly at the state level but actually to the benefit of the power supply company, and indirectly to the benefit of the private companies?

Presidentís answer:
The President said that he is always in favour of reaching an agreement. In Montenegro, agreements are not easy and are usually achieved after long and difficult discussions, with patience and compromise. I hope, in this case, that patience and compromise will prevail. And that, finally, the position of the Parliament to continue the production in the Aluminum Plant would be realized. To me, this is not just a question of the KAP, and the aluminum industry, this is also an issue of keeping partners, the A2A in the power supply company and Terna in power transmission company. I would say, also the seriousness of the foreign investors and the need to keep them in Montenegro. Certainly, this is a serious decision, and it can be expanded from both points of view. Probably some reasons, political and transient, are more acceptable, but observed in the long term the aluminum industry is an important segment of the economy of Montenegro. It provides export, it has a broad cooperative network, it is in itself an industry that has continuity. I hope it will overcome the current situation and provide a good framework agreement with the power supply company and, above all, find a good partner. It is a question of a new partner who will invest in the aluminum industry. There were a few companies whose experts visited the KAP and made sure that its operation is plausible. I think the KAP can be seriously saved if its production is kept going. KAP is not the Steel Mill so that it can be turned on and off, without bearing a very high financial cost, and entailing the technical and technologically demanding process of starting production. I think that part has to be taken care of. Already some of the effects of the bankruptcy administrator, together with the people who are in cooperation with them, show that there is some rationality and that the prospect of prosperity is certain.

Journalistís question:
But what I asked you is whether you think that indirect transfer of funds from the budget to the private companies is alright? As I understood, you think it is ok?!

Presidentís answer:
I thought that a model according to which we would find a manner to make the Russian partner CEAC leave the company should be accepted. In the spirit of an agreement, on which I persist as a value, I thought it was better to reach an agreement and depart amicably, than to cancel the business relation through a civil proceeding. We are now in a bankruptcy proceeding that is I would say a kind of civil case, which is about to put an end to something. In that way the KAPís destiny may be completed by liquidation and all the ones who have claims against the bankruptís estate may submit an application to collect the debts. We may close the KAP or do the same as with the Steel Plant, which is to find a new partner to ensure the aluminum industry future. However, this would be with a great difference. Technologically you may close the steel plant by pressing a button and then you can put it back into operation again. You cannot do the same with the KAP as aluminum industryís technology is such that price of initiation of the production only is very high. I think that we should stress what the Prime Minister emphasizes all the time, that is, the price of closing the KAP. The price of closing the aluminum industry is very high and it simply seems to me that we should remind the public of it. It should be done not only by the people who are experts but also by the KAP workers, Bauxite Mines, Railway, the Port of Bar, all those whose income is significantly generated from the aluminum industry.

Journalistís question:
In short, your response is yes. And where do you disclose your decisions on amnesty, please?

Presidentís answer:
I received your question, I understand your interest, I welcome it and I am very open to answer to all of your interests related to amnesties. I thought that I provided enough explanation in terms of amnesties during the campaign. However, no President has ever received compliments or positive points in terms of amnesties. Whenever you give an amnesty or refuse to give it you always run afoul of someone. But I act in accordance with the law. It is my legal obligation to give a review of given amnesties according to their structure and number until the end of January. I have already done it by provision of data at my website and I responded to the interest of all those who asked for it pursuant to the law on free access to information; I gave information on amnesties, respecting data privacy. Therefore, I have internal regulations which determine data privacy. I cannot reveal the names of persons, their family, social and health situation. One would say that the Ministry of Justice and Department for Execution of Criminal Sanctions are right in relation to a certain case and not right in relation to some other case, but decision on amnesty cannot be a collective decision neither can we let the public, let me say so, to decide upon it whether to give an amnesty or not. Therefore, sometimes your decision is approved by a part of public, however, whatever the decision is, you run afoul of someone. So, I continue running afoul.

Journalistís question:
But the internal regulations are in conflict with Article 5 of the Law on Publishing Regulations and Other Acts?

Presidentís answer:
This is not a regulation or act. It is a single decision which according to the Law on Information Privacy and Free Access to Information and internal regulations on data anonymity, obliges the President to keep the privacy of these persons. Therefore, if the Law is amended, I will respect it. To publish each decision, if it is necessary, also in the Official Gazette, to say, e.g. ďJohn SmithĒ who has a five member family and deceased spouse or a spouse and ill children, was given an amnesty because his health and family numerousness were taken into account as well as the assessment of the Institute for the Execution of Criminal Sanctions that the sentence should be reduced by the month or two.

Journalistís question:
For ďGlas PlavaĒ three short questions: If Montenegro invests in the Plav-Podgorica road through Albania, how much effort do you make to realize that road, how important is that road, by your opinion, not only to Plav but to the north of Montenegro? Then, as you know, ďChewed depredationsĒ was held in March, to mark the 100th anniversary of mass killings of Muslims of Plav, Gusinje and Albanians, from which the message was sent that the people of Plav expect the excuse from the official Montenegro. What is your position on this? And will you attend the Blueberry Days tonight?

Presidentís answer:
I said everything regarding your second question, in Berane. I have nothing to add and I think that there is no need to repeat anything. It was recently. My position is completely clear. I think that I expressed it in a very decisive way, and I believe that the citizens of Plav and Gusinje understood it. We must confront our history. We cannot change the history. Therefore, the history is such as it is; it has its good and evil. Certainly, what happened in Plav and Gusinje was evil and we must confront it. The messages and lessons should be drawn from history. I believe that we have to act this way and, simply, the part of our history gives us instructions both for the present and the future. I agree with you that the Plav-Podgorica road is very important. I had a pleasure to talk a lot and in detail about it both with the former President of Albania, Bamir Topi and the current President Bujar Nishani as well as with the entire authorities of Albania. This road is very important not only to Plav but to this part of Montenegro also. It reduces very much the distance and it makes it more quality and, most importantly, it is much safer for traveling, and it makes not only Podgorica but the coast close to Plav and to this part of Montenegro. I am confident that the dynamics will be respected. Here I talked to the president of the municipality in the meeting, if we can do something new as a state to accelerate these deadlines, to make the deadlines to be met. I believe that this road will serve the good of the citizens both of Montenegro and Albania and a more quality connection, a regional one.

Journalistís question:
Are you coming tonight?

Presidentís answer:
I have obligations tonight. I congratulate all of those who will be there and I am very pleased to hear from the president of the municipality that a lot of people from Diaspora came and that you will have a great celebration again.


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