A Montenegrin opposition party plans to file criminal charges against former prime minister Milo Djukanovic and the Italian premier for "damaging Montenegro's energy sector".
The Movement for Change, PZP, plans to submit the charges against Djukanovic and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for inflicting "immeasurable damage on the Montenegrin energy sector", the party's vice-president, Branko Radulovic, said on Sunday.
Djukanovic stepped down from his post in December after leading the country for almost twenty years.
"There are grounds to believe that persons in Italy and Montenegro have a critical impact on the way the remaining energy resources in Montenegro are valued, the quality of investments in the sector and the possible construction of hydropower plants on the Moraca river," Radulovic told Podgorica-based media.
The party also plans to file charges against Montenegro's Deputy Prime Minister Vujica Lazovic and former minister of economy Branko Vujovic.
"The high price of electricity, which could climb even higher, is only one of the negative effects of this collusion, and the illegal and harmful contracts that are created and signed by Djukanovic, Berlusconi, Lazovic and Vujovic, and their associates," the PZP said in a statement signed by Radulovic.
According to him, these agreements directly influenced the creation of a plan for the energy lobby in Italy to take over Montenegro's energy potential.
"This is the third time Italy has attempted to occupy Montenegro. They first tried in 1918 and 1941, but we managed to turn them away. I hope that we also manage the third time," Radulovic said.