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PM Marković hosts Greek Foreign Minister Dendias: Greece strongly supports Montenegro's EU integration

PM Marković hosts Greek Foreign Minister Dendias: Greece strongly supports Montenegro
Published date: 29.01.2020 13:22 | Author: PR Service

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Podgorica, Montenegro (29 January 2020) – Montenegro and the Hellenic Republic share view that European Union enlargement is one of the most important European policies that contributes to the progress of all EU states and provides a higher level of security for the southeast of Europe, Prime Minister Duško Marković and Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias concluded at a meeting.

"Enlargement policy is not only positive for the countries of this region, but its goal is a Europe that is safer, more secure and more prosperous. We believe that the new European Commission will strengthen the European Union enlargement process by focusing on substance rather than form. For us, the European Union is the only choice," PM Marković said at the meeting.

Minister Dendias said that the integration of the Western Balkan countries into the European Union is one of Greece's foreign policy priorities and that Greece will continue to strongly support this policy in the European institutions.

The Prime Minister also thanked Greece for its support in Montenegro's NATO accession process, saying that in the first two and a half years of membership, Montenegro had proved itself as a responsible ally.

Prime Minister Duško Marković informed the Greek Minister about the internal and external priorities of his Government, saying that the decision to focus on economic policy had excellent results, reflected in good development policies, economic growth among the highest in Europe, reduction of unemployment, increase in budget revenues and high inflow of foreign direct investment, all of which aim to further increase the standard of living of citizens.

The two officials concluded that the bilateral relations between the two countries are excellent, including the possibility to deepen relations especially in the fields of tourism, transport and education.

The meeting concluded that the relations will be particularly strengthened by the planned official visit of Prime Minister of the Hellenic Republic Kyriakos Mitsotakis to Montenegro.

During his official visit to Montenegro, the Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs will meet with President of Montenegro Milo Đukanović, Speaker of the Parliament of Montenegro Ivan Brajović and Foreign Minister Srđan Darmanović.