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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


MEA publishes the non-paper for Chapters 23 and 24

The Ministry of European Affairs, with the consent of the European Commission, published the Non-paper of the European Commission on the state of play in Chapters 233 and 24, with the aim of providing quality and comprehensive information to the public regarding the process of accession of Montenegro to the EU.

By publishing this document that provides the overview of the situation in the areas of reform of the judiciary, fight against corruption, human rights, police cooperation, and fight against organised crime, the Government continues to demonstrate a transparent and proactive approach in conducting the negotiating process, and the intention to share with the public its results and intensify the dialogue concerning the current and imminent challenges and commitments in the area of the rule of law.

The document can be downloaded here.


Prime Minister Đukanović meets in Brussels with President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker

Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanović met earlier today in Brussels with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker.

The Prime Minister, on behalf of the Government and the citizens of Montenegro, extended deep sympathy on the occasion of the terrorist attacks in Brussels and pointed out that, as a candidate country, Montenegro shares concerns about the threat to European values.


Montenegro's Cabinet session

The Government of Montenegro, at today’s session, approved the Draft Amendments to the Law on Veterinary Medicine, whose adoption is necessary to comply with the provisions of the new Law on Administrative Procedure.

Within the implementation of the Programme of Accession to the European Union, the Government adopted the Decree on Microbiological Criteria for Food Safety, which should enable the consistent implementation of the new Law on Food Safety, and further harmonisation with the EU acquis. The new decree provideds for a comprehensive food safety system, with clearly defined duties and responsibilities of operators, thus guaranteeing a high level of protection of human lives and health, as well protection of consumers' interests in the production, processing and distribution of food.


Deputy Prime Minister Igor Lukšić hosts Albanian Minister for European Integration Klaida Gjosha

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić hosted Albanian Minister for European Integration Klaida Gjosha.

“Montenegro and Albania are neighbourly and friendly states, and it is natural for them to support each other in integration processes,” DPM Luksic and Minister Gjosha concluded.