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Orav: Independent and professional media crucial for the integration process

12/06/2019 - 10:25
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At the plenary meeting of the Club of Venice, an informal group of Europe's senior government communications professionals, the Head of the EU Delegation, Aivo Orav pointed out that independent and professional media are prerequisite for fair and well-informed public debate, adding that this is one of the key political criteria for the EU accession.

“All candidate countries need to give utmost efforts to avoid all kinds of violence and intimidation against journalists and we expect all such cases from the past to be solved. The EU is determined to strengthen the media freedom and provide support to independent media with a focus on a quality reporting, media literacy and professional training,” said Orav.

He emphasised the importance of public service broadcasters, highlighting that they should be a driving force in the process of democratisation. The Deputy Prime Minister, Zoran Pazin, asserted that Montenegro wishes to stand together with like-minded European nations that cherish and protect human dignity as their supreme value.

“We, in Montenegro, are not asking the EU to turn the blind eye to our weaknesses. We have no ambition of joining the EU before we are fully prepared to meet the commitments and enjoy all the benefits of the membership,” said Pazin.

He underlined that the people in the South-east Europe are generally more supportive of the EU, not only because of ideals, values and shared identity, but because of tangible improvements in people’s quality of life.

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