Interview with Aleksandar Drljević, Chief Negotiator with EU for Montenegro. The interview was taken in the context of the forthcoming conference Western Balkans and the Rule of Law: How Close to the EU? in Podgorica, where Drljević is one of the speakers.
European Western Balkans: What are the most significant reforms Montenegro has undertaken in the areas covered by the Chapters 23 and 24 since the publishing of 2018 European Commission Report in April?
Aleksandar Drljević: Chapters 23 and 24 represent the core of the negotiating process and the pace of negotiations and movement towards the EU in general depend on the progress made in these fields.
Two weeks ago, the European Commission presented the Non-Paper on the status of negotiations in these two chapters, where it recognized all the activities undertaken by the Montenegrin institutions in order to improve the rule of law, i.e. raise the quality of life and safety of our citizens.