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Helsinki - PMs Marković, Sipila: Finland strongly supports Montenegro’s EU bid

Helsinki - PMs Marković, Sipila: Finland strongly supports Montenegro’s EU bid
Published date: 06.11.2018 11:52 | Author: PR Service

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Helsinki, Finland (6 November 2018) -- Prime ministers of Montenegro and Finland, Duško Marković and Juha Sipilä, agreed at today’s working meeting, which took place in Helsinki, that Montenegro has made strong progress in the European integration process and that the process will be continued with the full support of Finland, which will take over the presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2019.

Prime Minister Marković welcomed the merit-based approach depending on concrete results achieved by each individual country, adding that, in addition to Finland’s support, Montenegro also expects the support of other Nordic countries.

The Prime Minister of Finland said that Montenegro has made significant progress over the past ten years, highlighting that it has done the best job in the region, which, in his words, is clearly visible. Prime Minister Sipila expressed his Government's position that Montenegro is welcomed into the European Union once it has fulfilled the necessary standards.

Prime Minister Marković informed his Finnish counterpart about the comprehensive economic reforms the Government of Montenegro has undertaken with a view to achieving financial consolidation, as well as about numerous development projects that are being implemented with the aim of raising the living standards of citizens and higher quality of life.

The Prime Minister of Finland noted that Montenegro is now a very attractive investment destination, while Prime Minister Marković stressed that the country has seen obvious democratic and development transformation, in particular after joining NATO and achieving significant progress in the context of EU membership.

Both sides agreed to initiate cooperation between the University of Helsinki and the University of Montenegro, as well as between the two chambers of commerce.