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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Minister Gvozdenović, EU's Lange: Progress achieved towards resolving issue of Salt Plant Ulcinj

Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro Branimir Gvozdenović met earlier today with Head of Unit for Montenegro in the DG for European Neighbourhood Policy Dirk Lange and representatives of the EU Delegation to discuss development of the National Environmental Approximation Strategy and the protection of the Salt Plant Ulcinj.

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DPM Lukšić visits UN offices in Vienna, discusses future cooperation and concrete projects

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić is paying a working visit to international organisations seated in Vienna. On the first day of his visit, the DPM met with Director-General of the UN Office in Vienna and the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Yury Fedotov, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Yukiya Amano, and Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) Li Yong.

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EU MEPs welcome steady progress in accession talks and NATO invitation, call for continuation of parliamentary dialogue

The European Parliament welcomes the steady progress in Montenegro’s EU accession talks, calls on the political actors to resume a constructive dialogue, and welcomes the NATO membership invitation, the resolution on Montenegro adopted earlier today at the European Parliament reads.

Montenegro is the good news story from the Western Balkans, and with the additional pressure of the migration crisis on the entire region, Montenegro is being considered as safeguard of stability, rapporterur for Montenegro Charles Tannock noted while presenting the resolution at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

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Deputy Prime Minister Marković meets with EU's Dirk Lange and Clive Rumbold

Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković met earlier today with Dirk Lange, Head of the Unit for Montenegro within the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Enlargement, and Clive Rumbold, Deputy Head of Western Balkans Division at European External Action Service. The two officials were interested in the results achieved in the field of rule of law on the eve of the session of the Justice, Freedom and Security Subcommittee, and in current political situation in Montenegro.

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