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Mrdak: Accepting the new methodology reflects readiness to develop our society

Montenegro welcomed 2020 with growing tensions, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is in an election year as well, however, the opposition announced boycott of the upcoming elections scheduled for August. In the meantime, Montenegro announced its intention to accept the new EU enlargement methodology which was adopted in March.

European Western Balkans talked with Deputy Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to the EU Marko Mrdak about the current events and whether they would have consequences for the European path of Montenegro, which is considered to be a frontrunner in European integration.


Montenegro's progress is visible in the areas of transport, energy, environment and regional development

Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Montenegro has made progress in several areas, it was assessed at the 13th meeting of the Sub-Committee on transport, energy, environment, climate change and regional policy between Montenegro and the European Commission.

At the Sub-Committee meeting, which was organized online for the first time, representatives of Montenegro and the European Commission discussed the key results achieved in the period from the previous Sub-Committee meeting in the areas covered by Chapters 14, 15, 21, 22 and 27, as well as guidelines for further progress.


Montenegro has accepted the new methodology, good platform for intensifying the reforms

The Government of Montenegro has accepted the proposed EU accession methodology that will serve as a good platform for intensifying the reform processes, said Deputy Chief Negotiator Marko Mrdak.

On Thursday (14 May), the Government adopted the information on the new EU accession methodology confirming Montenegro’s acceptance of the new negotiation model.


Mrdak at Parliamentary Committee on European Integration: Approximately 50 laws to be adopted in 2020 within Montenegro’s PAEU

According to the Montenegro’s Programme of Accession to the European Union 2020 – 2022 (PAEU) 491 regulations have been planned for the adoption, explained Deputy Chief Negotiator Marko Mrdak and added that 97 out of 491 regulations are laws which have to be adopted in order to keep the pace with the continuous changes and developments of the EU acquis.


Chief Negotiator Drljević, EP Parliament Rapporteur Picula: EP supports enlargement, Montenegro to continue reforms

The European Parliament supports the enlargement policy and Montenegro should continue its good pace of reform implementation, in order to become the first next member of the EU, it was noted at the meeting of Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević and European Parliament Rapporteur for Montenegro Tonino Picula.

During his visit to Brussels, the Chief Negotiator met with the new EP Rapporteur for Montenegro, to whom he congratulated on taking up his new office, expecting his European colleagues will report in detail about Montenegro’s successful path to the EU.


Subcommittee on Innovation, Human Resources, Information Society and Social Policy held in Brussels

A two-day meeting of the Subcommittee on Innovation, Human Resources, Information Society and Social Policy was held in Brussels. The meeting was opened by Deputy Head of Unit for Montenegro at the Directorate-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Barbara Jesus Gimeno and Director-General for European Integration, Programming and Implementation of EU Funds at the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare Ljiljana Simović.

The results were presented following the previous Subcommittee meeting held in September 2018 in Podgorica in Chapter 2 - Freedom of movement for workers, Chapter 10 - Information society and media, Chapter 19 - Social policy and employment, Chapter 25 - Science and research and Chapter 26 - Education and culture.


Brussels: Continued progress in the agriculture, food security and fisheries sectors

Montenegro continues to make strides in the EU accession process in the fields of agriculture, food security and fisheries, the Agriculture and Fisheries Subcommittee assessed in Brussels today.

The meeting was opened by Deputy Head of Unit for Montenegro at the Directorate-General for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Barbara Jesus Gimeno and Deputy Director General of the Directorate for Rural Development at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development Darko Konjević.


Reforms in field of Rule of Law are absolute priority of Montenegro's institutions

Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević noted, that Rule of Law reforms, as key to further democratic development of Montenegrin society and progress in negotiations with the European Union, are an absolute priority of all Montenegrin institutions, at the beginning of a two-day meeting of the Subcommittee on Justice, Freedom and Security between Montenegrin and the European Commission representatives.


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.