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Chief Negotiator Drljević, EP Parliament Rapporteur Picula: EP supports enlargement, Montenegro to continue reforms

The European Parliament supports the enlargement policy and Montenegro should continue its good pace of reform implementation, in order to become the first next member of the EU, it was noted at the meeting of Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević and European Parliament Rapporteur for Montenegro Tonino Picula.

During his visit to Brussels, the Chief Negotiator met with the new EP Rapporteur for Montenegro, to whom he congratulated on taking up his new office, expecting his European colleagues will report in detail about Montenegro’s successful path to the EU.

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Subcommittee on Innovation, Human Resources, Information Society and Social Policy held in Brussels

A two-day meeting of the Subcommittee on Innovation, Human Resources, Information Society and Social Policy was held in Brussels. The meeting was opened by Deputy Head of Unit for Montenegro at the Directorate-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Barbara Jesus Gimeno and Director-General for European Integration, Programming and Implementation of EU Funds at the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare Ljiljana Simović.

The results were presented following the previous Subcommittee meeting held in September 2018 in Podgorica in Chapter 2 - Freedom of movement for workers, Chapter 10 - Information society and media, Chapter 19 - Social policy and employment, Chapter 25 - Science and research and Chapter 26 - Education and culture.

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Brussels: Continued progress in the agriculture, food security and fisheries sectors

Montenegro continues to make strides in the EU accession process in the fields of agriculture, food security and fisheries, the Agriculture and Fisheries Subcommittee assessed in Brussels today.

The meeting was opened by Deputy Head of Unit for Montenegro at the Directorate-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Barbara Jesus Gimeno and Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Rural Development at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Darko Konjević.

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Reforms in field of Rule of Law are absolute priority of Montenegro's institutions

Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević noted, that Rule of Law reforms, as key to further democratic development of Montenegrin society and progress in negotiations with the European Union, are an absolute priority of all Montenegrin institutions, at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the Subcommittee on Justice, Freedom and Security between Montenegrin and the European Commission representatives.

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Montenegro is making progress in the rule of law and is ready to open Chapter 27

Montenegro is making continued progress in the rule of law and it is ready to open Chapter 27 by the end of the year, members of the Montenegrin negotiation team stated at a meeting with the EU Member States – non-resident ambassadors to Montenegro.

A meeting with the ambassadors of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, the Netherlands and deputy heads of mission of Spain and Sweden took place in Belgrade. The Montenegrin Delegation was headed by Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević.

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The process of accession negotiations is based on partnership between Montenegro and the EU member states

The process of accession negotiations is based on partnership between Montenegro and the EU member states, it was assessed at a joint meeting of the representatives of the Office for European Integration and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

Advisor to the Montenegro’s Chief EU Negotiator, Dragana Markovic, introduced members of the German delegation with the organization of the negotiating structure and activities and competencies of the Office for European Integration, in particular.

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Montenegro ready to open Chapter 27

Montenegro has met its commitments and is ready for the opening of Chapter 27 – Environment and Climate Change, which is expected by the end of this year, Montenegro’s Chief EU Negotiator Aleksandar Drljevic has stated.

He recalled that the negotiating position for this chapters was presented in February.

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European regulations to boost competitiveness of the economy

The Chief Negotiator with the European Union, Aleksandar Drljevic, has said that application of European regulations and standards under Chapter 17 – Economic and Monetary Union, will contribute to the stability of prices, and boost the competitiveness of the national economy, ensuring the maintenance of macroeconomic security.

"Adoption and application of European policies and procedures will improve the overall economic environment, which will reflect on the social development and the quality of life. This will also prepare Montenegro's economy to be an equal player in implementation of the common economic policy," Drljevic told Mina-business agency.

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Programme of Accession of Montenegro to the EU 2018 – 2020

Amongst its numerous commitments during the first year of its four-year term, the Ministry of European Affairs in September got down to coordinating the development of the new Programme of Accession of Montenegro to the EU (PAMNE) the adoption of which is planned for January 2018.

The Accession Programme constitutes a plan for the creation and establishment of the legal framework (laws and bylaws), strategic plans (strategies and action plans), but it also expresses the needs for administrative capacities and plans and needs for the strengthening of the personnel or for the reorganization of the existing staff within the system involved in the activities important for the European integration of our country during the next three-year period. Adequate implementation of the legal framework and of the strategic plans is impossible without the strengthening of administrative capacities, and/or the staff which is capable and ready to respond to all the demands and challenges entailed by the accession process and the subsequent membership.

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