EU Troika/Montenegro Ministerial Meeting: extracts from the joint press conference by Karel Schwarzenberg, Milan Rocen and Carl Bildt
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 16/03/2009 First transmission: 16/03/2009
Following the EU Troika and Montenegro on the application of Montenegro for EU member candidate status, the EU Presidency said that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Montenegro must be free and fair. Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council, also said that the same applies to the fight against corruption and organised crime. He explained that some progresses have already be made but more remain to be done. He hoped that the next step towards the EU integration will happen during the Czech presidency.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||General view of the press conference room
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Karel Schwarzenberg, Czech Minister for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council: We stressed that the upcoming parliamentary elections in Montenegro must be free and fair; it is just as important as freedom of media is preserved in any circumstances; the same applies to the fight against corruption and organised crime; establishing the rule of law is essential for Montenegro; some progresses in the above mentioned areas have already been made but more remain to be done; I'm happy to see Montenegro's progress towards the EU orientation; I hope that the next step that has to be taken by the Council, the forwarding of the Montenegro's EU application to the EC for an opinion, will happen during the presidency of my country; at the moment Montenegro's application is under review in the Council.
||SOUNDBITE (in Montenegrin) by Milan Ro?en, Montenegrin Minister for Foreign Affairs: I can say that I'm very pleased because the positive assessments that I have heard today from high ranking European representatives are very important; they seem to acknowledge what we have managed to do both on the domestic level as well as in the region works in the sense of the direction towards Europe.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Carl Bildt, Swedish Minister for Foreign Affairs (representing the next EU Presidency): There is no one against the principle; it's a technical timing issue and it will happen, but there will be more politic oriented discussions when we will get the Commission's opinion; prior to that you cannot say that someone is against the principle.
||SOUNDBITE (in English) by Karel Schwarzenberg: Montenegro has to do their work still, but what they have already done in the last years it's really astonishing and I will recommend them for that.
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