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Drobnič: Montenegro has made the most notable progress in EU accession of all the countries in the region

Following the adoption of the Enlargement Package, which includes the Strategy Paper setting out the way forward and takes stock of the progress made by each candidate and potential candidate, the European Commission issued Country Reports on accession-related developments in candidate countries.

“Montenegro has made progress in its accession negotiations, including the opening of eight negotiating chapters. This was possible thanks to the progress in the rule of law and strengthening of the legal and institutional framework. However, the track record on corruption and organised crime remains limited in terms of fighting against it,” EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn emphasised in his presentation of the Enlargement Package.

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Montenegro opens two more chapters in EU accession negotiation

At today's Intergovernmental Conference in Brussels, Montenegro opened two more chapters in the accession process with the EU. Negotiations were opened in chapters 9 and 21 relating to “Financial services” and “Trans-European Networks” respectively.

The conference was chaired by Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkevičs, who pointed out that Montenegro is a leader and role model for other countries in the region.

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Joint press release following sixth meeting of Stabilisation and Association Council between European Union and Montenegro

JOINT PRESS RELEASE FOLLOWING THE SIXTH MEETING OF THE STABILISATION AND ASSOCIATION COUNCIL BETWEEN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND MONTENEGRO

1. The EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council (SA Council) held its sixth meeting on Monday 22 June 2015. This meeting was chaired by Mr Igor LUKŠIĆ, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, who also led the delegation of Montenegro. Mr Edgars RINKĒVIČS, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia, led the European Union delegation (on behalf of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini), with Mr Johannes HAHN, Commissioner responsible for Enlargement Negotiations and European Neighbourhood Policy, representing the European Commission.

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Brussels: Cooperation between government and civil society significant for successful negotiations

Sixth meeting of EU-Montenegro Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee was held in Brussels earlier today.

The Committee members discussed the current results and further obligations in the negotiation process and stressed the importance of cooperation between the Government and civil society in making progress towards EU membership. The meeting also addressed the issues of persons with disabilities and trade unions’ representativeness.

Montenegro’s Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Andrija Pejović said the civil society involvement is of immense value for Montenegro’s negotiation process.

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Brussels: Adoption of European standards to result in stronger economic growth, better quality of life

Montenegro is making good progress in fulfilling obligations arising from the negotiation process in the fields of economy and finance, and it can expect the European Commission’s full support in that regard, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Pierre Moscovici noted at today's meeting with Montenegro’s Finance Minister Radoje Žugić in Brussels.

Minister Žugić talked talked in Brussels to Director-General for Economic and Financial Affairs Mark Buti and Deputy Director-General for Budget Manfred Kraff.

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Partners from EU and Brussels to help Montenegro continue reform process

Encouraging messages and support from the EU and Belgium, as well concrete expert cooperation and assistance, will enable Montenegro to continue its reform processes, Finance Minister Radoje Žugić underlined during his three-day visit to the EU institutions and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Belgium.

The meeting between Minister Žugić and his Belgian counterpart Johan Van Overtveldt emphasised that Belgium commends Montenegrin efforts towards meeting fiscal stability, consolidating public finance and fighting grey economy, as the key preconditions for stronger economic development.

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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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DPM Lukšić attends meeting of foreign ministers within Brdo Process in Ljubljana

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić participated in a meeting of foreign ministers within the Brdo Process, which was held in Ljubljana on Thursday.

The meeting was opened by Slovenian President Borut Pahor, and the first part of the working session was addressed by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia Karl Erjevec, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Johannes Hahn.

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EU's Frederica Mogerini: High appreciation for Montenegro's progress in adjusting to EU values

During his visit to Brussels where he participated in the meeting of the Western Balkan Six with EU commissioners, Prime Minister Milo Đukanović met earlier today with EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy Frederica Mogerini.

Ms Mogerini expressed high appreciation for Montenegro's role in the region and the progress achieved in adjusting to European system of values. At the same time, she praised Montenegro’s compliance in pursuing its foreign and security policy with that of the EU.

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