Montenegro the closest country to the EU membership
The government’s commitment is to complete accession negotiations by the end of its mandate and prepare the country for membership. Therefor we will direct all efforts and intensify the work of the entire state administration. So, we will do everything that is up to Montenegro, said Minister of European Affairs and Montenegro’s chief negotiator with EU Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic.
He points out that it is realistic to expect that Montenegro will become a member state in the mandate of the next European Commission.
In an interview with newspaper Pobjeda, he estimated that Montenegro is closer to the membership than any other country from the region.
“During five years of accession negotiations, we have opened 28 out of 33 chapters and we are on the right path to enter into the process of opening the remaining five chapters in the following months after the completion of final benchmark in Chapter 8, the Competition. Also, by the recent interim closure of Chapter 30., the External Relations, we have entered a new phase of the accession process where we will focus on working on meeting the closing benchmarks and closing the chapter, ie the conclusion of the negotiation process. Both the European Commissioner and other senior EU officials and MemberStates have repeatedly stated that Montenegro is the country that has made the most progress in the accession process and is closest to membership. It is therefore realistic to expect Montenegro to be admitted to the mandate of the next European Commission, ” said Pejovic for Pobjeda.
“With that aim we will direct all efforts and intensify the work of the entire state administration. So, we will do everything that is up to Montenegro in terms of achieving our internal readiness for membership, as we have designed with our key strategy paper, the EU Accession Program, defining plans and setting deadlines for completing alignment of domestic legislation with European regulations, and strengthening administrative capacities through establishment of necessary institutions and staff training. However, as this is the process that results from relations between the two sides, the candidate and the EU, much depends on the European Commission which has influence and contributes to the pace of negotiation, “Pejovic said.