“The recipe for solving the political crisis and creating preconditions for entering the final phase of negotiations on accession to the European Union is found in Montenegro” is the joint conclusion after the conversation that Minister Ana Novaković Đurović had with members of the European Parliament Vladimir Bilčik and Tonino Picula.
During the open conversation, MP Bilčik expressed his concern about the current political crisis in Montenegro and pointed out that solving the issue of the functionality of the Constitutional Court, as well as the construction of independent institutions that should enable the implementation of the upcoming presidential and, in the near future, parliamentary elections, is a basic prerequisite for further Montenegro’s progress on the European road. Also, Deputy Bilčik expressed his readiness to schedule a session of the Parliamentary Committee for Stabilization and Association (POSP) as soon as the reasons for its postponement are removed. At the same time, deputy Bilčik welcomed the alignment of the foreign policy of Montenegro and the European Union, especially regarding Russian aggression against Ukraine.
MP Picula expressed his satisfaction with the opportunity to learn more about the current situation in Montenegro and believes that Montenegro has the potential and capacity to become the next member of the EU, but that it is necessary to make significant progress on that path. He pointed out that parliamentary elections should be held as soon as possible and suggested that, regardless of political changes, it is necessary to preserve the negotiation structure and protect it from any political influence. The issue of further EU enlargement has gained momentum again, Montenegro should take advantage of this moment, MP Picula concluded.
Minister Novaković Đurović thanked the respected MPs for the opportunity to exchange opinions regarding the current situation regarding the European Agenda of Montenegro. She emphasized that the accession of Montenegro is a key foreign policy priority, and that the Government is actively implementing reforms on that path that are within its jurisdiction. She pointed out that Montenegro is still in the process of political transition and that she believes that all political parties in it will show maturity and contribute to the building of independent institutions, above all the Constitutional Court, to give momentum to all other political processes, the end result of which should be membership of Montenegro in the European Union.
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