Várhelyi: Montenegro needs stable government, focus on rule of law

NEWS 14.12.2021 10:12
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Source: Evropski parlament/printscreen

Olivér Várhelyi, European Commissioner for Enlargement, said that after the intergovernmental conference with the Montenegrin delegation, Podgorica needed a stable government and parliamentary majority, and the Parliament that would support the country's progress.

„Now is the time to speed things up,“ Várhelyi said.

Montenegro opened all chapters in the accession negotiations with the EU and closed three.

Várhelyi added that the European Commission (EC) had sent detailed guidelines to Montenegro „to make the fastest possible progress in Chapters 23 and 24“.

„I believe that we will revive the accession process by making it more dynamic and convincing based on objective criteria. Montenegro has opened all chapters, so the focus has been on the rule of law, determining the pace of negotiations. The priority for further overall progress and closing of the chapter is based on the provisional criteria in Chapters 23 and 24,“ Várhelyi said.

The Montenegrin opposition withdrew its motion for the no-confidence vote in Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapic before the intergovernmental comference..

Várhelyi added that „Montenegro has completed all procedures to join the European system of COVID-19 certificates. „From Christmas, Montenegrin citizens will travel easier to the EU, and European citizens will travel easier to Montenegro.“

Montenegro thus becomes the fourth of six countries in the Western Balkans whose state certificates are recognised in the EU – Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia.

 

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