Press release following Cabinet meeting
At todays Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic, the Government of Montenegro adopted the Report on the Activities Undertaken to Mitigate the Effects of the Tragic Railway Accident in Bioce. In this regard, it was concluded that all state authorities and institutions had acted in a well-organized and professional manner, both in terms of administering first aid to the injured and during their subsequent treatment and recovery, and in terms of providing for the families of victims of this tragic accident. Following a strict set of criteria, out of 2,671,931 donated by many citizens, organizations and associations as financial aid to the afflicted 2,290,500 has already been paid, while the rest is to be distributed after determining the medical status of the injured. As part of the Governments continued care for the victims of the accident, an initiative was launched to award scholarships to pupils and students who had been involved in the accident or had lost their parents, over the whole course of their education. Also, the Government decided to award ten scholarships for the training of senior professionals at the Railways. A government delegation was appointed to attend the ceremony marking the anniversary of this great tragedy.The Government considered and adopted the Communication on the Payment of Dues to Beneficiaries of Pension and Disability Insurance as provided by in the Social Insurance Agreement between the Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Serbia. In accordance with the Declaration on Relations with the Republic of Serbia following the Achievement of Independence, by which Montenegro guarantees all acquired rights, the State Pension and Disability Fund of Montenegro will continue making payments to beneficiaries residing on the territory of the Republic of Serbia. In addition, the Government endorsed the Communication on the Organization of Elections for the Serbian National Assembly at Polling Stations in Montenegro. Although the Republic of Serbia does not have a diplomatic of consular office in Montenegro, where its residents in Montenegro could vote, the Government of Montenegro has, in the spirit of friendship between the two states, approved the holding of elections at polling stations in Montenegro and provided all the logistics and support needed. The Government considered a number of other issues within its purview.