Gone are the days of “punching in the chest” that we are an ecological state, to show patriotism in action

Preserving the ecological potential can easily be linked to the tourist offer and, in that way, make a profit and protect the environment, concluded the Prime Ministers and the Assembly

Krivokapić and Bečić on a working visit, Photo: Parliament of Montenegro

The Prime Ministers of the Parliament and the Assembly, Zdravko Krivokapić and Aleksa Bečić, said that the time of “punching in the chest” with the article of the Constitution in which Montenegro is defined as an ecological state has passed, but that the time has come to show patriotism in action, preserving ecological potential .

During their working visit to Pljevlja, the two of them visited the location of the black ecological point Maljevac – the slag and ash dump of the Pljevlja Thermal Power Plant and talked with Pljevlja environmental activists Milorad Mitrović and Vaso Knezević about the decades-long problems of environmental pollution in that municipality. It was pointed out that the future of Pljevlja must be based on the principles of sustainable development.

As it was announced from the Assembly, Krivokapić and Bečić agree that the magnificent natural beauties, ambient and cultural values ​​represent the invaluable Montenegrin wealth and fundamental preconditions for the further development of the economy.

The President of the Assembly pointed out that the previous government, with its “inhuman attitude towards the environment”, permanently destroyed numerous invaluable natural resources through its unplanned exploitation. As he said, the fact that Montenegro took 74th place on the list of ecological countries of the world last year, and only four years ago it was on the 47th place, which, Bečić points out, clearly indicates a drastic deterioration of our ecological middle.

“Our generation has a duty and obligation to make every effort to improve the environmental awareness of the economy and citizens, because only together can we protect the natural resources of Montenegro,” said Becic.

The Prime Minister stated that the great efforts to renew the Montenegrin economy and establish fair institutions must be accompanied by special care for the protection of the environment, because, as he said, every effort is in vain if it is against nature.

“The two presidents agreed that the time of drilling in the chest has passed in Article 1 of the Constitution of Montenegro, which defines Montenegro as an ecological state, and behind that declarative advertising of hiding mini-hydro power plants and friends and relatives from hydro, forest and mafia that ruthlessly exploits gravel. from our riverbeds “, it is stated in the announcement of the parliament.

The time has come to show patriotism in action – by preserving the ecological potential that can be easily linked to the tourist offer and, thus, to make a profit and protect the environment, is the common conclusion of Bečić and Krivokapić.

The activists pointed out that TPP Pljevlja was operating at the expense of the environment for the sake of profit, despite the existence of institutions whose task is to perform control and supervision in that part. Becic and Krivokapic were also informed about the “illegal installation of additional cassettes” at the Maljevac landfill, and that the landfill was raised in height, which burdened the dam and threatened its instability, as well as that wastewater, without legal filters, was discharged directly into the river. The midfielder, they add from the parliament.

What environmental activists in the meeting with the Presidents of the Assembly and the Government stated as a big problem is the overstrained production in the Thermal Power Plant and the consumption of allowed working hours with the current technology of premature production, “which is why the TPP is now shut down until its ecological reconstruction or payment of misdemeanors. penalties for non-compliance with the rules and measures of the Energy Community ”.

According to the Assembly, Pljevlja environmental activists emphasized in a meaningful and open conversation that they were not against every work of the Thermal Power Plant, but against “the arrogant work of the TPP so far, where the profit was above the health of the citizens of Pljevlja.”

They also reminded of the court epilogue on the basis of which EPCG was acquitted of causing fish deaths in the rivers Vezišnica and Ćehotina in 2019, although before the trial EPCG publicly pleaded guilty and apologized to Pljevlja, but also compensated the damage to the fish fund to the water user. .

In the conversation, it was stated that it is necessary to carry out the ecological reconstruction of the TPP and heating of the city, which is an integral part of the ecological reconstruction, and to continue working in accordance with the principles of sustainable development and European Energy Community standards.

According to the parliament, the meeting was an opportunity for Pljevlja activists to point out that the “Šuplja stijena” mine and the current exploiter of lead and zinc ore in Šuli have a negative impact on the environment in the area of ​​MZ Šula, and mostly on the river Ćehotina across Mjednički potok. They also stated that the main water pollution comes from old pits, from which underground ore exploitation used to take place.

“During the conversation, the issue of the fact that Pljevlja does not have an environmental inspector was pointed out, even though they are the city with the most environmental accidents. Since accredited sampling companies are located far from Pljevlja due to environmental accidents, it was pointed out that changes should be made in the Law on Inspection Supervision, so that inspectors can perform sampling, but also samples were valid in court, “he added. press release-

Among other things, plans for the construction of a cement plant were discussed at the meeting. On that occasion, the interlocutors agreed that the cement plant should have been built much earlier, which would provide cement for the construction of the highway.

It was concluded that Montenegro has all the natural potentials in one place, and that in the coming period we will work on managing these resources in accordance with sustainable development.