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Spajic: Varhelyi promises to help prevent Montenegro from being on grey list

Prime Minister Milojko Spajic said that at the meeting with the Commissioner for Enlargement Oliver Varhelyi he made a request to do everything in his power so that the European Commission (EC) would help prevent Montenegro from being on the gray list.

“He said that he would do everything in his power to have the EC help us”, PM Spajic said at the press conference after the cabinet meeting.

When asked what the previous governments failed to do, PM Spajic said that the problem was legal solutions, and that he had scheduled the entire system.

He announced that the Government would propose amendments to the Criminal Code and the Law on Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism in order to prevent Montenegro from being on the grey list of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the permanent monitoring body of the Council of Europe – MONEYVAL .

He pointed out that it was a topic that, unfortunately, had not been discussed in public at all.

PM Spajic warned that if Montenegro were to be on MONEYVAL’s grey list, it would also go to the EU’s grey list, which would slow down the closing of many chapters.

Commenting on the fact that Chief Special Prosecutor Vladimir Novovic received the State Department’s award for the fight against corruption, PM Spajic announced that the Government was fully behind the special state prosecutor in every sense.

Responding to the question whether he had information that Parliament Speaker Andrija Mandic signed a document with the presidents of Serbia and the entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Serb Republic on the creation of an alliance of Serbian countries, PM Spajic emphasized that he had not received such information.

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