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PM Marković: EC gives us green light to open last negotiating chapter. Montenegro has proven to be the most promising and closest to EU membership

PM Marković: EC gives us green light to open last negotiating chapter. Montenegro has proven to be the most promising and closest to EU membership
Published date: 23.06.2020 16:12 | Author: PR Service

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Prime Minister Duško Marković said today on the occasion of the European Commission's decision to approve the opening of the last negotiating chapter with Montenegro that this day is a great day for Montenegro, which has confirmed that it is the country that is the most promising and closest to EU membership.

"We are very pleased to receive the news that the competent body of the European Commission has given the green light to open the last chapter 8 - Competition in negotiations with the European Union. We expect that this will be formally confirmed tomorrow. This is a great day for Montenegro, which will thus become the first candidate country to open all negotiating chapters. We have confirmed what has been heard from every relevant address for years – that Montenegro is the most promising and the country closest to EU membership. Therefore, this is a proof of our consistent commitment to successfully fulfilling the obligations from the European agenda and another confirmation of our leadership position in the enlargement process. It is also a great recognition to the Government and all our institutions for their hard work on the adoption and application of European standards and harmonisation with European regulations. At the same time, it is a response to all those who tried to question the democratic and reform capacities of Montenegro," said the Prime Minister.

PM Marković reminded that our country has come a long and difficult way since the beginning of negotiations, from the fact that a new approach focused on progress in Chapters 23 and 24 was applied to us for the first time, to certain challenges brought by the process of internal consolidation in the European Union. 

"Today's consent gives us confirmation that all our efforts and patience have borne fruit, and that the result is valued even when we are waiting for it. After the recent non-paper on the rule of law, which noted Montenegro's progress in key areas, the support of member states to open the last chapter showed their commitment to the European perspective of the region, which was the focus of the last EU-Western Balkans Summit," said the Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Duško Marković said that we were especially pleased that the green light was given during Croatia's presidency of the EU Council, which is the result of selfless efforts by neighbouring Croatia to keep enlargement policy high on the Union's agenda.

"By accepting the new negotiation methodology, Montenegro has shown readiness to further dynamize the process, since the focus will be not only on the technical, but also on the political aspect of enlargement. The opening of Chapter 8 actually marks the end of the first phase of the EU integration process, and gives us the wind at our back to approach the fulfillment of obligations in the next, most demanding phase of closing the chapters with new enthusiasm. We used the time behind us to achieve internal readiness for the temporary closure of one set of chapters in the coming period, on which we will actively work with Germany, which will assume the presidency, "concluded Prime Minister Duško Marković.

PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO