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Berlin: Germany supports Montenegro on its EU membership path

State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Andrija Pejović paid a two-day visit to Berlin where he held several meetings with Government and Bundestag officials in charge of European affairs.

Germany will continue monitoring progress and offering all the necessary support to Montenegro in meeting the requirements for EU membership, Chancellor Merkel’s European affairs adviser Nicholas Meyer-Landrut said in his meeting with Ambassador Pejović. He underlined that Montenegro’s negotiating team is doing an excellent job and he conveyed his expectation that Montenegro will continue implementing reforms with the same vigour and by demonstrating track record in all areas, and especially in Chapters 23 and 24.

The Chief Negotiator thanked Germany for its continued support to Montenegro’s reform and integration efforts and informed Mr Landrut of the progress achieved thus far and the dynamics of the negotiation process. He discussed in particular the implementation of measures from the action plans for Chapters 23 and 24 due to their importance for the overall negotiation process and further progress towards EU membership.

During his meeting with State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of the Interior Emily Haber, Mr Pejović discussed the implementation of reforms under Chapter 24. Ms Haber underlined that Germany will offer concrete projects and professional assistance and will continue supporting Montenegrin institutions in implementing their European commitments. In that context, the two officials exchanged opinions on signing the bilateral memorandum on cooperation in the area of fight against organised crime.

The visit to Berlin was an opportunity for Mr Pejović to meet with Bundestag officials – SPD Bundestag club vice-president Axel Schafer, as well as Chairman of the Bundestag Committee for European Affairs Gunther Krichbaum and members of this body. They exchanged opinions on the results and future commitments and challenges on the road to EU membership.

Ambassador Pejović also met with representatives of the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Environmental Protection, and the Ministry of Economy and Energy. The meetings served as an opportunity to present the results Montenegro has made in the EU accession process and to discuss possible future cooperation.

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Public debate entitled “Second year of negotiations: What have we achieved and what comes next?” held in Podgorica

A public debate entitled "Second year of negotiations: What have we achieved and what comes next?" took place earlier today at the EU Info Centre in Podgorica to mark the second anniversary of Montenegro's commencement of EU accession talks.

Speakers at the event were State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, UK Ambassador to Montenegro Ian Witting, and chairman of the European integration Parliamentary Committee Slaven Radunović.

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Public debate held on Chapter 18 – Statistics

Public debate on Chapter 18 of the EU acquis – Statistics was organised today by the Office of the Chief Negotiator for the accession of Montenegro to European Union, Embassy of the United Kingdom and British Council in Montenegro.

The content of this chapter, its importance for the Montenegrin citizens, the achievements so far and the remaining challenges were discussed by the State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Montenegro Ian Whitting and the head of the Working Group for Chapter 18 Gordana Radojević.

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Press release: Montenegro opens EU accession negotiations Chapters 7 and 10

Earlier today, at the Inter-governmental Conference in Brussels, Montenegro opened two new EU accession negotiations chapters: 7 – Intellectual Property Rights, and 10 – Information Society and Media.

Montenegro's conference declaration was headed by Chief Negotiator Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, and the delegation included heads of working groups for Chapters 7 and 10 Novak Adžić and Ružica Mišković.

In his address, Ambassador Pejović welcomed the fact that, after opening the rule of law chapters, the negotiation process is developing steadily in other areas as well, such as these two related to intellectual property rights, and information society and media.

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Regional workshop entitled “Political Criteria and Chapters 23 and 24” takes place in Bečići

The German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration on Montenegro (MFAEI) hosted this weekend in Bečići a two day regional workshop entitled "Political Criteria and Chapters 23 and 24."

The participants were representatives of state institutions from the countries of the region in charge of coordinating the EU accession process, as well as the representatives of the GIZ and the EU Delegation to Montenegro.

The event was launched by GIZ's Open Regional Funds for the South-East Europe manager Alexandra Hilbig, who discussed GIZ's support to the SEE region's countries in their EU accession bids, especially in the area of developing administrative capacities and meeting EU membership criteria.

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Council for rule of law: Adoption of judiciary-related laws, fight against corruption, remain key priorities in reform process

Podgorica, Montenegro (22 October 2014) – At yesterday's meeting, Council for the rule of law discussed the EU Commission's 2014 Progress Report, particularly the part related to organised crime and corruption. DPM Duško Marković, who chaired the meeting, highlighted that legal activities and the implementation of temporary measures are not being carried out as it was planned.

The Council noted that the third Report clearly indicates progress made so far, as well as the shortcomings in meeting requirements from the European agenda. The report also provides guidelines for efficient work of the public administration in order to ensure required dynamics of the reform process.

DPM Marković stressed that members of the Council have not only professional, but also political responsibility for setting standards aimed at conducting the work of the state administration. In that regard, they will create the environment suitable for the implementation of reforms set out in the documents.

In order to foster the integration process, the Council identified the reform priorities, particularly referring to the adoption of the new laws related to the judiciary and fight against corruption. The work on these laws and the implementation of the temporary measures will be the subject to the Council's work in the coming period, the meeting concluded.

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Chief Negotiator talks to EU member-states’ ambassadors about the EU Progress Report

State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Andrija Pejović spoke earlier today with EU member-states' ambassadors about the European Commission's 2014 Progress Report.

The meeting was hosted by the EU Delegation in Podgorica as part of its regular consultations with heads of missions of EU member-states about Montenegro's EU integration process.
Ambassador Pejović presented the findings underlining that the Report notes progress that has been made, gives concrete recommendations and specific guidelines, and suggests where more needs to be done.

The assessments, and especially the recommendations, given by the EU Commission are very important for Montenegro, because they show where we did good, where we need to continue working or step up the activities currently underway, or undertake new ones, the Chief Negotiator has underlined. In that context, Mr Pejović added that in its strategic documents Montenegro has already identified various challenges in certain areas that have been underscored by the EU and added that Montenegro will give them due attention in the coming period.

The European Commission is our partner and friend in this process. Montenegro's progress in the process of EU accession is a joint success of us here in Montenegro and in the Commission, Ambassador Pejović stressed. Along those lines he added that detailed and concrete reports with clear recommendations and guidelines provide significant support to Montenegro on its path towards EU membership.

Mr Pejović's interlocutors noted that the Commission's Report gives a realistic assessment of the state of affairs in the country and added that it notes the progress that has been made. They underlined that member-states will continue monitoring reforms and providing support to Montenegro's efforts through concrete projects. In that regard, they voiced their expectation that Montenegro will continue making tangible results and meeting European commitments with the same pace and quality of work.

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DPM Marković and Dirk Lange of EU Commission discuss current situation in Montenegro's judiciary

Podgorica, Montenegro (8 October 2014) -- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Duško Marković met yesterday with Dirk Lange, Head of Unit for Montenegro within the European Commission's Directorate General for Enlargement, who pays an official visit to Montenegro on the occasion of presenting the EU Commission's Progress Report 2014.

The two officials highlighted the importance of the appointment of Chief State Prosecutor of Montenegro as a crucial step forward in the fight against organised crime and corruption. They also agreed that the laws within judiciary system should be adopted as soon as possible by the end of 2014 in order to establish new mechanisms and institutes important for strengthening the rule of law and fight against organised crime.

DPM Marković stressed that the Progress Report will be stimulating for Montenegro in terms of fostering the implementation of measures within the action plans, which are the result of joint partnership and work between Montenegro as a candidate country and the European Commission.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić hosted Minister for Europe and International Affairs of Baden-Wurttemberg Peter Friedrich

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić hosted earlier today the Minister for Europe and International Affairs of Baden-Wurttemberg, Peter Friedrich.

The two officials commended the intensity of political relations between Montenegro and Germany, as well as Montenegro and Baden-Wurttemberg, especially in the areas of home affairs and justice. They agreed that the overall political relations are very good, and that the efforts at improving relations with this and other German states are aided by Montenegro's diplomatic network. They also emphasised the importance of the recently held Western Balkans conference in Germany, which reiterated Germany's interest in this region, and they welcomed the forthcoming regional conference in Montenegro.

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DPM Marković hosts project leader of EUROL Derek McLoughlin

Podgorica, Montenegro (29 July 2014) -- Montenegro's Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister Duško Marković met earlier today with Derek McLoughlin, Project Leader of the twinning project "EU Support to the Rule of Law" (EUROL), which is being carried out in cooperation with the governments of the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.

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