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PM Marković hosts heads of Union of Seafarers: Government will work in partnership with seafarers' associations to overcome challenges and resolve status and other issues

PM Marković hosts heads of Union of Seafarers: Government will work in partnership with seafarers
Published date: 31.05.2020 14:15 | Author: PR Service

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Prime Minister Duško Marković and heads of the Union of Seafarers of Montenegro - President Nedjeljko Radulović and Vice President Vlado Vučetić agreed today on concrete steps to be taken in partnership to overcome the challenges and improve the status of our seafarers whose tradition and professionalism are recognised in Montenegro and around the world. 

At the meeting, organised on the occasion of the complaints made by the Union of Seafarers regarding the treatment of its members during their return to Montenegro during the coronavirus pandemic, it was pointed out that the National Coordination Body for Communicable Diseases has taken the most principled and epidemiologically justified position to treat all citizens in the same way. In accordance with this principle, which was respected, among others, by our top athletes, scientists, educators and medical workers and entrepreneurs, institutional isolation is necessary for seafarers as well as all other citizens when returning to Montenegro.

All complaints of persons placed in quarantine facilities, especially seafarers, were responsibly considered. It was emphasised that the competent bodies dealing with quarantine and accommodation conditions will in the future, as before, act on complaints on a daily basis.

It was pointed out that from tomorrow, 1 June, when the measure of entry into Montenegro without isolation comes into force if the passenger comes from a country where the rate of confirmed active cases of coronavirus is below 25 per 100,000 inhabitants, seafarers coming from and through the countries on the list will not have to go in isolation. Considering the specifics of the position of seafarers, who spend time in isolation even before the start of the voyage, and in some cases are tested for coronavirus, the National Coordination Body expressed readiness to consider as soon as possible the possibility for seafarers coming from the countries that are not on the list to be tested after one week of isolation, which would be abolished in case of a negative test.

The meeting discussed the views of the Union of Seafarers regarding strategic documents, legal solutions, tax policy and treatment of the seafaring profession in general. It was pointed out that it is implied that the Government, whose mandate is marked by dialogue with all segments of society, is ready to address all challenges in partnership with the representatives of our seafarers and find the best common solutions to overcome them. In this context, the Government is ready to work in partnership with seafarers' associations to find the best solutions that will facilitate the boarding of our cadets on foreign ships.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister and President of National Coordination Body Milutin Simović, Director of the Public Health Institute Prof. Dr Boban Mugoša, Director General of the Directorate for Quality Control of Health Care and Human Resources Improvement in Health Care and Head of the Operational Staff for coordination of implementation of measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus Prof. Dr Vesna Miranović, State Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior and Head of the Operational Staff for activities related to the return of Montenegrin citizens from abroad and Director General of the Directorate for Maritime Economy Maja Mijušković.

PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO