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DPM Simović, German Minister Altmaier: By signing Agreement and through this visit we show support for reforms in Montenegro

DPM Simović, German Minister Altmaier: By signing Agreement and through this visit we show support for reforms in Montenegro
Published date: 22.10.2019 17:00 | Author: PR Service

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Podgorica, Montenegro (22 October 2019) – Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Financial System Milutin Simović and German Federal Minister for Economy and Energy Peter Altmaier signed the Partnership Agreement between the Government of Montenegro and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, noting that the visit of the German delegation and the signing of the Agreement confirm the support of the Federal Republic of Germany to the reforms in Montenegro.

"Today's visit is a clear confirmation of Germany's interest in the Montenegrin market and an acknowledgment to the Government of Montenegro that it has created an attractive and stable investment framework. Good economic relations are always supportive of good political and allied relations, and that is exactly the kind of relationship between our two countries. On this occasion, I would also like to thank Germany for its continued assistance in achieving our strategic foreign policy priorities - full NATO membership and progress in the EU accession process, and take the opportunity to reiterate that Montenegro's unquestioned commitment and devotion to meeting the Alliance's key tasks on one hand, i.e. the criteria and conditions for EU membership on the other hand. We particularly emphasised the expectation that, given the strength of the German economy, its importance for the global economy, but also the importance of Germany's presence in the Western Balkans and Montenegro, Germany joins the most important investors in Montenegro," DPM Simović said at a joint press conference.

"We support Montenegro's progress in recent years and the transformation of its economy, the rule of law and securing a market economy. We wanted to emphasise this support with this visit," Minister Altmaier said and added that Montenegro has made the most progress in the process of accession to the European Union. The Minister added that our country has the support of the Federal Republic of Germany in closing the negotiating chapters and opening the only remaining, unopened chapter, Chapter 8 – Competition. "I'm optimistic about that," Minister Atlmaier noted.

Speaking about the countries of our region, Minister Altmaier reiterated at the press conference that Germany believes that all Western Balkan countries must be given the prospect of joining the European Union.

"We are disappointed, like our hosts, that the European Council did not approve the beginning of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania. That disappointed us a bit," the Minister said.

German Minister Peter Altmaier has announced the opening of a German Chamber of Commerce office in our country and said that the idea of our young entrepreneurs' visit to Germany would strengthen the ties between the two countries.

Responding to a question by German journalists about Montenegro's energy policy, DPM Simović said that our strategic commitment was energy from sustainable sources and that Germany or its federal government's policy was "very inspirational" to us.

"Today we can give a good example from Montenegro that in the period from 24 May to 2 June, that is, those ten days, we met the entire energy needs of Montenegro from renewable energy sources," DPM Simović said. He added that we can now announce major renewable energy projects. "This is the best evidence and indicator that Montenegro wants to achieve this goal," the Deputy Prime Minister pointed out.

Answering this question, Minister Altmaier said that there was also skepticism in Germany when it launched a policy of obtaining energy mainly from renewable sources, but that many countries subsequently followed that path. Now, renewable energy is cheaper - said Minister Altmaier, citing examples from other countries. "Now, Montenegro already produces 64 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, which is nearly the German percent," the Minister said, adding that our country needs to use the wealth of its hydropower potential.

Answering a question from TV Vijesti to comment on "the continuous requests of the German Government to our Government to be more effective in solving the problems of media freedom", Minister Altmaier said that neither the EU Member States nor the candidate countries had all the issues resolved and that the topic is discussed at the government level, not in public.

"In total, I can say that the situation has improved in the last year or two," German Economy and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier concluded.