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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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Government adopted the report on the implementation of obligations set out in the Action Plan for gradual alignment with the EU acquis

In order to protect the material position of pension and disability insurance beneficiaries, the Government of Montenegro, at today's session, approved the Bill Amending the Law on Pension and Disability Insurance, according to which pensions will be increased by 3% ,and the lowest pensions by 20% starting on 1 July 2016. The Law was amended by the provision which stipulates that this right shall cease for temporary compensation beneficiaries on the day when they accomplish right to life annuity based on the birth of three or more children, in accordance with the Law on Social and Child Protection.

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Lange: Montenegro makes significant progress in implementing legal reforms and establishing institutional framework

Activities and results achieved in the negotiation chapters “Judiciary and fundamental rights” and “Justice, freedom and security” will be presented next week to EU member states, Dirk Lange, Head of Unit for Montenegro in the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement, underlined at the meeting with Montenegro's Minister of Justice Zoran Pažin in Podgorica earlier today.

When it comes to the negotiating chapters 23 and 24, Mr Lange stressed that Montenegro has made significant progress within the legislative reform process and establishment of the institutional framework, adding the activities in that regrad are being implemented according to the plan. In that regard, he stressed that the expert reports are going to point out the key areas in which the EU expects further improvements.

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