Serbia and Montenegro "should continue regional cooperation"

Serbian and Montenegrin parliament speakers have said the two countries should continue regional cooperation and inter-parliamentary exchange of experience.

Source: Tanjug
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This is true especially in the context of European integration, Nebojša Stefanović and Ranko Krivokapić stated in Belgrade on Thursday.

Stefanović called for an increased and effective inter-parliamentary cooperation, primarily through the exchange of experiences and direct cooperation between the two parliaments' working bodies.

The Serbian parliament speaker also urged for continuing the two parliaments' close cooperation in international organizations.

Stefanović expressed satisfaction about the fact that this was the first official bilateral meeting between the parliament speakers of Serbia and Montenegro, other meetings having taken place on the margins of multilateral meetings.

He informed his Montenegrin counterpart about the Serbian parliament's reform agenda-related activities by which the parliament wants to give its full contribution to European integration.

He pointed to the openness to the public, especially through media coverage, as an important dimension of the parliament's work, the Serbian parliament said.

He also pointed to the importance of improving economic cooperation, possibly through joint tourism offers, and in this context stressed the need of further infrastructure improvement.

Stefanović congratulated Ranko Krivokapić for his election as president of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

Krivokapić informed Stefanović about the activities of the Montenegrin parliament in terms of strengthening parliamentary oversight functions through parliamentary hearings and special working bodies, and in particular highlighted the adoption of the national parliamentary inquiry law and the development of other parliamentary mechanisms for the benefit of the general public.

The Montenegrin parliament speaker also urged for fostering parliamentarism and the culture of dialogue, to create a harmonized approach to key political issues.

Krivokapić agreed about the importance of exchange of experience between the parliaments, especially in the context of European integration, and also about the importance of improving cooperation in tourism and stepping up the infrastructure construction, i.e., the road and railroad networks.

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