Olivér Várhelyi, the European Union Commissioner for Enlargement, said on Tuesday the bloc would do everything possible to speed up the accession negotiations with Podgorica.
After the inter-governmental conference between the EU and Montenegro, Várhelyi tweeted that the country „already opened all chapters and needs to focus on the rule of law to fulfil opening benchmarks in chapters 23 and 24.“
He added the bloc gave Podgorica guidelines and that he was glad Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic „confirmed the commitment to solving the most important issues.“
At 1st political Intergovernmental Conference w #Montenegro under revised methodology tonight: Strong political signal & political dialogue on key reforms. 🇲🇪 already opened all chapters & needs to focus on rule of law to fulfil opening benchmarks in chapters 23&24. pic.twitter.com/dSkPbHMfG0
— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) June 22, 2021
After the EU again failed to set a date for the start of negotiations with Albania and North Macedonia, Várhelyi said that „in the last months, a lot has been done and a substantial progress has been made.“
He added, „I believe we’re approaching the end of the process, and we should put in all efforts to cross to the next level, meaning the first inter-governmental conference (i.e., the start of the negotiations) with Albania and North Macedonia as a priority.“