What is being negotiated?
Energy is traditionally one of the most important areas of activity of the European Union, and accordingly, the management of the energy sector is a particularly important area of activity of its institutions. There are numerous reasons why energy is considered to have a significant impact on all other sectors of the economy and society in the European Union. The European Union as a whole is dependent on energy imports and this dependence is growing almost continuously. Given that each country's energy policy has multiple impacts on the economy, the market, public health and the environment, appropriate strategic commitments in this area should ensure the economic and overall development of society.
Energy is, alongside tourism and agriculture, a priority area for Montenegro’s national development plans. The alignment of Montenegrin legislation with the acquis in this chapter is aided by Montenegro's membership in the Energy Community, since the legal framework of the Energy Community Treaty is, among other things, the EU acquis related to electricity, gas, renewable energy sources, strategic reserves of petroleum products, energy efficiency and environmental protection.