Minister of European Affairs of Montenegro resigns

Aleksandar Andrija Pejović

PODGORICA – Taking into account the activities of institutions of Montenegro, I decided to act in this manner in order to release the Government and myself of the personal pressure that arose after the decision of the Agency for the Prevention of Corruption, said Minister of European Affairs of Montenegro, Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, announcing his resignation.

“I sent a letter to the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Duško Marković, in which I informed him that I am resigning as a member of the Government of Montenegro for moral reasons,” Pejović said today.

“As a responsible citizen, taking into account the activities of Montenegrin institutions, I decided to act in this manner in order to release the Government and myself of the personal pressure that arose after the decision of the Agency for Prevention of Corruption. Certainly I will use the legal remedy and seek my right in the legally prescribed procedure, firmly convinced that I have not violated the law on any grounds stated in the Agency’s Decision. I emphasize that I acted in accordance with the valid regulations adopted by the Government, which were done on comparable examples in Croatia and Serbia, where the function of the main negotiator also implies the status of ambassadors in the Mission in Brussels, which can be seen from the annexes to this statement,” Pejović pointed out, writes Vijesti.

He added that he is sure that further legal proceedings will prove that there is no conflict of interest, in order to protect his personal integrity, and hence the credibility of the institutions of the system.

The Center for Civic Education (CCE) published on 2 February documentation that was sent to the competent authorities to initiate proceedings against Pejović, due to the alleged violations of the Constitution.