Extracts from the press briefing by Štefan Füle on Montenegro
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 28/06/2012 First transmission: 28/06/2012
On 28 June 2012, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, held a press briefing to welcome the decision of the General Affairs Council taken on 26 June 2012 to start accession negotiations with Montenegro on 29th June 2012.
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||Arrival of Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, at the press briefing on Montenegro, in Brussels
||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): So, we are going to start the accession negotiations on Friday, subject to confirmation from the EU Council. But we already had a screening dialogue with Montenegro on the chapter 23 and 24 because we have been asked by the Member States to do so. Those are the chapters where, for the first time, the Members States established in addition to the opening and closing benchmarks, also entering benchmark. This is not to make the enlargement process more difficult, complicated and extend the time here. But this is to make sure that through delivering on those two chapters, the country does not just deliver new laws and new institutions but it delivers also the track record.
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||Soundbite by Štefan Füle (in ENGLISH): There is, of course, the expectations that sooner, rather then later that Montenegro would deliver on its commitment standing from those key priorities as defined. You remember that, judiciary, the reform of justice system and corresponding legislative and constitutional changes were among those key priorities. So the task is still there. And we have seen a number of the steps already undertaken by authorities, parliamentarians; we see the discussions and dialogues among the various stakeholders. And we believe and we expect Montenegro to deliver on those issues.
||Departure of Štefan Füle