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PM Đukanović presents most important achievements in 2015, announces top activities in 2016

For the third time, the Government of Montenegro has organised its open and expanded session here at the Government House in Cetinje. This is a chance to recapitulate, in the presence of our key partners, the major activities and results achieved over the past year, which also largely determine the Government's course of actions in 2016.

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Paris: EUR 50 million to Montenegro for preparing and implementing infrastructure projects

The European Union confirmed its readiness to continue providing financial support to infrastructure projects the Western Balkan countries assessed as priority ones and ready for implementation, thus boosting the amount of investment and infrastructure connectivity of the region, which affects the intensification of economic growth and development, as well as the acceleration of the Western Balkan integration process.

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Germany expects issue of extending NATO invitation to Montenegro to be positively resolved in early December

Prime Minister Milo Đukanović met earlier today in Berlin with Foreign Minister of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The Prime Minister thanked Germany and Minister Steinmeier for their continued support for strategic foreign policy priorities of Montenegro and informed him about the Government's reform achievements, which are recognised in the recently published the European Commission’s Country Report, representing the best recommendation for further progress of Montenegro ahead of NATO Ministerial Meeting in December.

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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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