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Subcommittee Meeting on Economic and Financial Issues and Statistics: Pandemic also struck Montenegrin economy, but Government reacted in a timely manner

The Montenegrin Government took timely measures to mitigate the consequences of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic, along with the support of the European Union, it was assessed at today's Subcommittee Meeting on Economic and Financial Issues and Statistics.

At the 13th meeting of this Subcommittee meeting between Montenegro and the European Union, which was held online and covers economic, fiscal and financial developments and challenges as well as policy areas under Negotiation Chapters 17, 18, 32 and 33, the representatives of the Montenegrin competent institutions informed the EC representatives about the activities carried out in the previous period in these areas.

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Negotiating Group holds its session: Government is ready for more intensive negotiation process

The Government of Montenegro, by accepting the new methodology of accession to the European Union, has shown readiness to intensify the process, it was assessed at the session of the Negotiating Group.

The 23rd session of the Negotiating Group, chaired by Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević, was held today at the European Integration Office. The members of the Negotiating Group discussed the new methodology, the Non-Paper on the state of play regarding chapters 23 and 24, as well as the support to Montenegro from EU funds during the coronavirus epidemic.

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Statement by Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević on occasion of the eighth anniversary of negotiations with EU

Montenegro is celebrating the eighth anniversary of negotiations with the European Union with all open negotiation chapters and three temporarily closed chapters within the negotiation process. With the official opening of the last negotiating chapter, the Brussels administration has shown that enlargement policy remains active even in these difficult times when we are all facing a coronavirus pandemic and that the door of the EU is wide open for new members.

To date, Montenegro has achieved remarkable results, especially when it comes to legislative and institutional form of cooperation with the EU and what is important in the coming period is to show through concrete results and measurable results that our institutions and our legislative framework, which we have created in the previous period, are absolutely functional.

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European Commission presented the 2020 Report on Montenegro

The European Commission published the Report for Montenegro within the enlargement package, as well as the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans. 
European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Olivér Várhelyi presented in Brussels the Report of the European Commission for 2020 and Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, while the broadcast of the press conference was followed by media representatives, the Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Ambassador Oana Cristina Popa and Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević.
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Social policy, education and information society important areas for citizens

Areas covered by the Subcommittee on Innovation, Human Resources, Information Society and Social Policy are of the key importance for Montenegrin citizens, therefore Montenegro will continue to strive towards the European standards in these fields.

On the 10thSubcommittee meeting on innovation, human resources, information society and social policy, which was held through an online platform, covering chapters 2 Freedom of movement for workers, 10 Information Society and Media, 19 – Social policy and Employment, 25 Science and Research and 26 Education and Culture, the representatives of the Montenegrin institutions presented key results achieved in these negotiating chapters.

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Montenegro makes progress towards EU in areas of trade, customs, industry, taxation

Further progress of Montenegro in the areas of trade, customs, industry and taxes is a pathway to economic strengthening and full membership in the European Union. This was stated at today’s meeting of the Subcommittee on Trade, Industry, Customs and Taxes. The subcommittee is the annual official meeting between the EU and Montenegro to exchange on the development of the sectors discussed in the frame of the Stabilisation and association agreement between the EU and Montenegro.

At the 13th meeting of this Subcommittee between Montenegro and the European Union, which was held online, and which covered chapters 1, 16, 20, 29 and 30, the representatives of the Montenegrin institutions presented the key achievements in these respectful negotiation chapters.

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Functional administration and commitment to agricultural production are key to overcoming challenges

The coronavirus pandemic has severely affected the agriculture and fisheries sector, and addressing these challenges ahead requires a functioning public administration and continuity in the progress which was made in previous years, it was stated during the 13th meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Subcommittee between Montenegro and the European Commission.

At the13th annual meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Subcommittee between Montenegro and the European Commission, representatives of Montenegrin institutions presented the progress made in the process of reform in area of negotiation chapters 11 - Agriculture and rural development, 12 - Food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy and 13 – Fisheries, with special emphasis on the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on this sector. The subcommittee is the annual official meeting between the EU and Montenegro to exchange on the development of the sectors discussed in the frame of the Stabilisation and association agreement between the EU and Montenegro.

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Mrdak: Accepting the new methodology reflects readiness to develop our society

Montenegro welcomed 2020 with growing tensions, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is in an election year as well, however, the opposition announced boycott of the upcoming elections scheduled for August. In the meantime, Montenegro announced its intention to accept the new EU enlargement methodology which was adopted in March.

European Western Balkans talked with Deputy Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to the EU Marko Mrdak about the current events and whether they would have consequences for the European path of Montenegro, which is considered to be a frontrunner in European integration.

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Montenegro's progress is visible in the areas of transport, energy, environment and regional development

Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Montenegro has made progress in several areas, it was assessed at the 13th meeting of the Sub-Committee on transport, energy, environment, climate change and regional policy between Montenegro and the European Commission.

At the Sub-Committee meeting, which was organized online for the first time, representatives of Montenegro and the European Commission discussed the key results achieved in the period from the previous Sub-Committee meeting in the areas covered by Chapters 14, 15, 21, 22 and 27, as well as guidelines for further progress.

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Montenegro has accepted the new methodology, good platform for intensifying the reforms

The Government of Montenegro has accepted the proposed EU accession methodology that will serve as a good platform for intensifying the reform processes, said Deputy Chief Negotiator Marko Mrdak.

On Thursday (14 May), the Government adopted the information on the new EU accession methodology confirming Montenegro’s acceptance of the new negotiation model.

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