EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council:
extracts from the press conference
Lieu: Luxembourg (town), Luxembourg - Council
End production: 21/06/2011 First transmission: 21/06/2011
Zsolt Németh, Hungarian Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and President in office of the Council
Milan Roćen, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro
Stefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Czech Republic
The EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council provide the
contractual framework within which the EU and Montenegro will intensify their cooperation
and take stock of developments in their relationship. The EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council marks a new qualitative stage in bilateral relations, implying significant new obligations and
engagement. The EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council will be the core of bilateral relations.
During this 2nd meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council between the European Union and Montenegro,
3 points were discussed:
First, the political dialogue, regional cooperation and relationships in the Western Balkan region.
Second, they reviewed the implementation of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and finally this meeting aimed to identify next challenges on Montenegro 's path towards the next stage of European Union integration.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite in English, Stefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Czech Republic.
"Sound efforts has been made on key political reforms, economic development and preparation for European Integration. Montenegro has maintained constructive and stabilizing role in the region. The new openness demonstrated by the governments towards the civil society and the media is highly commendable, and they play a major role in the country's integration process".
||Soundbite Milan Roćen, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro
"this is an incredible incentive, an incredible encouragement to all of us and it goes to show that hard work pays off; the Croatian example is another proof of the credibility of the EU policies and the idea that European Union is still devoted to this important idea of enlargement and that enlargement is being pursued on the basis that every country is going to be judge on its own merits and this is going to force good and healthy competition".
||Soundbite Milan Roćen, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro :
"If we can keep up that momentum, I'm certain we are going to meet the obligation from the action plan and I'm certain that the European Commission, by the beginning of October will have all the necessary information and all the necessary arguments it needs in order to give a positive opinion and in order to recommend opening a negotiation with Montenegro".