Visit of Milo Đukanović, Montenegrin Prime Minister, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
End production: 21/01/2013 First transmission: 21/01/2013
On 21 January 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, received the visit of Milo Đukanović, Montenegrin Prime Minister, at the European Commission in Brussels.
Following their meeting, they gave a statement on the European accession process of Montenegro. Montenegro started it in November 2005, when negotiations over a Stabilisation and Association Agreement began. In May 2006, Montenegro voted for independence in a referendum and the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro was dissolved. Serbia continued with the existing negotiations, and separate negotiations were launched with Montenegro in September 2006. The Agreement was initialled on 15 March 2007 and officially signed on 15 October 2007.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH): The European Commission looks forward to continuing its fruitful and close cooperation with Montenegro. I therefore welcome your decision, Prime Minister, to keep European integration at the top of the national agenda of your country and, I believe, we are now at a crucial moment from Montenegro's path towards the European Union.
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||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH): I have emphasized during our meeting the importance of completing the constitutional reform, in particular to ensure the independence of the judiciary.
I would like to underline that the wide consensus existing across Montenegro's political spectrum on European integration and reforms that come with it is a crucial asset for the success of the accession process. I would like to encourage all relevant partners to maintain and reinforce this European consensus. The speed of Montenegro's progress along its European path is essentially in your own hands, and a continued nation-wide, cross-party commitment in this strategic objective is indeed of utmost importance.
||General view of the speakers
||Soundbite by Milo Đukanović, Montenegrin Prime Minister, (in MONTENEGRIN) saying that he uses the opportunity of meeting with José Manuel Barroso to inform him of the efforts that their new government is making in order to prepare negotiation structures for a dynamic and good last stage of the European accession process of Montenegro. They have discussed this issue in the context of economy, constitutional reform and of the particular commitment of the government for preparation of the negotiations on chapter 23 and 24. They have also discussed the regional aspect of Montenegro policy because European integration is particularly important to overcome stability and ensure democratic and economic development for the Western Balkan countries.
||Departure of the speakers