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College for Negotiations

College for Negotiations is a Government working body, which discusses draft negotiating positions and, following the procedure by the competent working body of the Parliament of Montenegro, submits the positions to the Government for adoption.

The College consists of the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Ministers, and Chief Negotiator. Other ministers can also participate in its work. The College discusses all the matters related to negotiations and decides on the most sensitive issues arising from the negotiation process. Nine College sessions have taken place so far.

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State Delegation of Montenegro for Negotiations on Accession of Montenegro to the European Union

State delegation holds direct political talks and negotiations with the Member States and EU institutions and is responsible for ensuring the smooth course of negotiations on all chapters of the EU acquis. The State Delegation is accountable to the Government and it acts in accordance with the negotiation guidelines adopted by the Government. The State Delegation submits a report to the Government on the state of affairs of negotiations following each meeting of the intergovernmental conference between Montenegro and the EU Member States at the ministerial level, as well as special reports at the Government's request.

Members of the State Delegation are: the Head of State Delegation - Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Deputy Head of State Delegation - Chief Negotiator, deputy chief negotiators, Head of Montenegro's Mission to the EU, and the Secretary of the Negotiating Group.

State Delegation so far has participated at four intergovernmental ministerial conferences and two deputy conferences.

The first State Delegation at the ministerial level, on the occasion of the launch of the negotiation process on 29 June 2012, was led by the then-Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Milan Roćen. The delegation members were Chief Negotiator Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, Ambassador to the EU Ivan Leković, and Secretary of the Negotiating Group Milivoje Jurišić.

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Negotiating Group

The Negotiating Group is in charge of the expert-and technical level cooperation with the institutions of the EU and Member States in all chapters of the acquis.

The Negotiating Group considers and adopts the proposals of negotiating positions and is accountable for its work to the Head of the State Delegation and the Government. The Negotiating Group performs its duties in accordance with the guidelines and instructions of the Head of the State Delegation. The Negotiating Group submits the reports on the state of play in negotiations after each intergovernmental conference to the Head of the State Delegation and to the Government, as well as special reports if requested by the Head of the State Delegation and the Government. So far, 13 meetings of the Negotiating Group have been held.

The Negotiating Group is composed of the Chief Negotiator, ten members of the Negotiating Group in charge of individual chapters, Head of the Mission of Montenegro to the EU and the Head of the Secretariat of the Negotiating Group. The Group has thus far held 13 meetings and has discussed 23 negotiating positions, 2 reports on fulfilled commitments in chapters, as well as 10 reports on negotiation chapters.

Appointment of negotiators went in parallel with the establishment of working groups for negotiations, from February 2012 until April 2013. During this period, eleven negotiators were appointed for 33 chapters of acquis, who comprise the Negotiating Group.

Each of eleven negotiators is in charge of at least two chapters. Even though they vary in size and complexity, each of the chapters bears significant weight and value in overall transformation of the society. If the acquis as a whole is viewed as a mosaic, than each of the 33 parts represent an invaluably important segment for creation of the whole picture.

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Rule of Law Council

Reform activities in the rule of law area represent the core of Montenegro's negotiation process with the European Union. In other words, the pace of negotiations in all other chapters of the EU Acquis depends on dynamics of implementation of activities within the Chapter 23 - Judiciary and Fundamental Rights and Chapter 24 - Justice, Freedom and Security. In order to fulfill the commitments undertaken in this area in the most quality way, a special body was established within the negotiating structure - the Rule of Law Council. It is the highest political level body established with the aim of improving the coordination and monitoring of implementation of commitments within chapters 23 and 24.

Bearing in mind that accession negotiations in the rule of law area are becoming more demanding over time, a need arose to intensify the work and improve the efficiency of this body. To this end, on 13 June 2019 the Government issued the Decision on the Rule of Law Council (Official Gazette of Montenegro, no. 36/19 and 46/19), which significantly reduced the number of members of this body (from 39 to 13 members), thus adapting its format and way of functioning to the needs of current phase of negotiation process. Members of the Council are the heads of relevant state bodies in the field of rule of law, while the president of this body is the Deputy Prime Minister for political system, internal and foreign policy.

Role of the Rule of Law Council is to monitor the implementation of obligations within chapters 23 and 24 in the process of Montenegro's accession to the European Union, in accordance with recommendations of the chief negotiator and the member of the Negotiating Group for conducting negotiations of Montenegro's accession to the European Union. Also, the Council monitors the implementation of obligations with the aim of fulfilling interim and, subsequently, the closing benchmarks in chapters 23 and 24, considers the reasons for delay in implementation of obligations and gives recommendations to state bodies, state administration bodies and other bodies and institutions for urgent response in order to implement the obligations within the chapters 23 and 24. In addition, the Council performs other tasks, in accordance with the Decision on establishing structure for negotiations on accession of Montenegro to the European Union.

Sessions of the Council are held in accordance with the needs of negotiation process dynamics and related activities in the rule of law area, in particular within the chapters 23 and 24. The president of the Council convenes the sessions at his own discretion or upon the proposal of members of the Council. The president of the Council may organize consultative meetings with the members of the Council responsible for implementation of specific activities in the rule of law area, in order to urgently resolve an issue which slows down the dynamics of negotiations in chapters 23 and 24. The president of the Council may, if necessary, invite to the sessions or consultative meetings the heads of bodies or representatives of institutions who are not members of the Council, and request information, explanations and reports on issues relating to the implementation of obligations within chapters 23 and 24. The president of the Council, as needed, informs the College for Negotiations on Accession of Montenegro to the European Union on dynamics of fulfillment of obligations within chapters 23 and 24.

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Secretariat of the Negotiating Group

Secretariat of the Negotiating Group is in charge of coordinating tasks related to the accession negotiations, preparation of the analytical overview of alignment of Montenegrin legislation with the EU acquis, drafting reports during negotiations, technical preparation of the working groups' activities for negotiation on individual chapters, technical preparation of the draft negotiating positions, preparation of the State Delegation's meetings and the Negotiating Group's meetings, and the coordination of the electronic database for monitoring the negotiations. The Secretariat was established in February 2012 by the Decision on establishing the negotiating structure for Montenegro's negotiation on EU accession. The Secretariat has 18 members who are MFAEI representatives, and their work is coordinated by the Secretary of the Negotiating Group, who is appointed and dismissed by the Government, and is proposed by the Head of the State Delegation, with the Chief Negotiator's consent.

Milodrag Radović
Secretary of the Negotiating Group

Tatjana Tomić
Secretary WGs 1,6

Srđan Ćetković
Secretary WG 2

Milena Biro
Secretary WGs 3, 4, 5

Marko Mrdak
Secretary WGs 7, 8, 25

Zorka Kordić
Secretary WGs 9, 17

Melita Rastoder
Secretary WGs 10, 26, 28

Velimir Šljivančanin
Secretary WGs 11, 13

Srđan Ćetković
Secretary WG 12

Amina Bajrović
Secretary WGs 14, 21

Sanja Radović
Secretary WGs 15, 27

Đorđe Janković
Secretary WGs 16, 29

Ana Tomković
Secretary WG 18

Dragana Garbin
Secretary WGs 19

Vladana Mitrović
Secretary WGs 20, 33

Mitar Đurović
Secretary WG 22

Violeta Berišaj
Secretary WG 23

Miloš Radonjić
Secretary WG 24

Jelena Leković
Secretary WG 30

Milena Šofranac
Secretary WG 31

Aleksandar Nikčević
Secretary WG 32

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