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Parliamentary questions
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2 April 2019
Question for written answer E-001606-19
to the Commission
Rule 130
Marijana Petir (PPE)

 Subject:  Attacks on Croats in Montenegro
 Answer in writing 

During the night of 29 March 2019, an arson attack was carried out on a shop belonging to Igor Tomkić, a Croat from Berane in Montenegro.

This is just the latest in a series of ethnically motivated attacks carried out by the majority population against members of the native Croatian minority in Montenegro Mr Tomkić had recently been assaulted and he is currently under police protection, but this did not prevent the attackers from trying to destroy the only source of income that the Tomkić family has — his shop.

I believe that this is indicative of a much larger problem, namely that Croats and their property are being hunted down in Montenegro. Montenegro’s Prime Minister, Duško Marković, has himself stressed that these events are reminiscent of the unpleasant events of the 1990s in the Balkans, and the Tomkić family is seriously considering leaving their native city as there is clearly no place for them there.

Furthermore, Montenegrin media portals are reporting that the vandals were gloating and mocking Igor Tomkić on the morning when he was cataloguing the damage to his shop as they passed him on the street. This is an insult to Igor Tomkić’s human dignity, a threat to his existence, and a violation of his human rights and of the rights of national minorities.

Given that Montenegro is a candidate country for EU accession, will the Commission address this matter before it grows into the full-scale ethnic cleansing of Croats from Montenegro? If so, how?

Original language of question: HR 
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