The Administrative Committee of the 26th Parliament of Montenegro held its 68th Meeting on "Parliamentary immunity”. The introductory remarks were delivered by Committee Chairperson Mr Luigj Shkrela, President of the Parliament of Montenegro Mr Ivan Brajović, and Vice President of the Parliament of Montenegro Mr Genci Nimanbegu.
The following prominent legal experts significantly contributed to the thematic meeting: Mr Ivica Stanković, President of the Prosecutorial Council, Mr Mladen Vukčević, President of the Judicial Council, Mr Branislav Radulović, President of the Association of Lawyers of Montenegro, Mr Zoran Jovetić, Representative of the Bar Association, and Mr Đorđije Blažić, Dean of the Faculty of Administrative and European Studies.
In addition to the Committee members, the meeting was also attended by heads of MP Groups: Mr Nikola Rakočević, acting Head of the MP Group of the Democratic Party of Socialists; Mr Ervin Ibrahimović, Head of the MP Group of the Bosniak Party, coalition “The Albanians Decisively” and the Croatian Civic Initiative, and Mr Boris Mugoša, Head of the MP Group of the Social Democrats of Montenegro and the Liberal Party of Montenegro.
Pursuant to Article 55 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro, the following MPs participated: Mr Miloš Nikolić, Ms Jovanka Laličić, Mr Danijel Živković, Mr Andrija Nikolić, Mr Radule Novović, Mr Ranko Krivokapić, Mr Andrija Popović, Mr Branko Radulović, Mr Nebojša Medojević, Mr Milan Knežević, Mr Predrag Bulatović, and Ms Marina Jočić.
During the discussions of the invited participants and during the debate, they provided assessments as well as personal and political positions with regard to the said procedural measure ”placing in prison” imposed upon the MP.
They proposed amending articles 58 and 59 of the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro, which regulate the issue of immunity, and they provided assessments on the need for adopting the Law on Immunity. All participants assessed that the debate was constructive and that it would contribute to having the institute of parliamentary immunity, in addition to the constitutional provisions, be more closely regulated via legal regulation, and in more detail by the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro. The parliamentary majority extended an invitation to the opposition MPs to take part in the drafting of amendments to the Rules of Procedure of the Parliament of Montenegro.
The Committee decided to vote on the proposed conclusions by all MP groups at the next meeting.
The Committee Chairperson concluded the meeting with the remark by one of the participants saying that parliamentarianism had won at today’s meeting of the Administrative Committee.