EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council: Extracts from the press conference by the Irish Presidency, the European Commission and Montenegro

Type: News   Reference: i-079944   Duration: 00:03:57  Lieu: Council , Justus Lipsius press room, Brussels
End production: 26/06/2013   First transmission: 26/06/2013
On 26 June, Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs, Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy and Igor Luksic, Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration, held the final press conference of the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council. The Association Council warmly welcomed the fact that the screening process was progressing well, and that so far two negotiating chapters had been opened and provisionally closed. The Council reviewed the state of Montenegro's preparations for accession, starting with the political criteria. It was noted that, in line with the new approach for the chapters on judiciary and fundamental rights and justice, freedom and security, both areas were being addressed early on in the negotiations. In this regard, the SA Council reiterated that Montenegro needed to pay particular attention to the development of a solid track record in the area of rule of law, in particular with regard to organised crime and corruption cases, including at high level.

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00:00:05 General view of press conference 00:00:08
00:00:13 SOUNDBITE (in English) Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister of State for European Affairs: Today we reviewed the state of the countries preparation accession and welcomed the overall progress of the accession negotiations today. The EU wants to see Montenegro progress at a steady pace but of course, there is a clear need for further reforms, in the field of rule of law, where we stress again the importance of fight against organised crime and corruption and the need to establish a solid trade record. 00:00:32
00:00:45 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
00:00:48 SOUNDBITE (in English) Lucinda Creighton, An other essential reform is the completion of constitutional reform to make sure that judiciary is fully independent and accountable. I know that the Montenegran government recognises that these are top priorities. We welcomed the decision taken by the Montenagran authorithies to follow up the Parliament on the audio recording affair. The SA Council also commended Montenegro for its strong commitment to regional cooperation and its constructive role maintening regional stability. 00:00:33
00:01:21 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
00:01:24 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle, Member of the EC in charge of Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: We had the opportunity to examine the political and economical challenges that accumulated in Montenegro in recent weeks and months. The EU made clear that progress on these issues, the constitutional amendments, investigation of the audio recording, the follow up to the OEC recommendations following presidential elections will be essential in the process of accession negotiations. 00:00:29
00:01:53 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:01:57 SOUNDBITE (in English) Štefan Füle: I am glad to see that, following recent developments in the Parliament, that Montenegro is moving towards normality again. It is important to translate the Parliamentary conclusions of 31st May into concrete results. Also the preparation of the action plans for the chapter 23 and 24 has been a huge task, which is about to be completed. Now the real work starts, implementing action plans in order to open those chapters soon. 00:00:38
00:02:35 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
00:02:39 SOUNDBITE (in English) Igor Luksic, Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and European Integration: We shared the view that we had very good meeting of the EU on the stabilisation association Council. We took the opportunity to exchange opinions on important related to the integration process of Montenegro. The screening process, after the opening of the accession talks launches last year, is going to be completed as planned. Tomorrow we have the last bilateral meeting and so far two chapters have been opened and provisionally closed. 00:00:33
00:03:12 Cutaway of the speakers 00:00:03
00:03:15 SOUNDBITE (in English) Igor Luksic: The government has made additional effort regarding fiscal consolidation, also sustainable efforts have been invested into the resolution of the lost making aluminium. And along with that, further activities to attract investment remain government's priority in the field of the economic policy. 00:00:35
00:03:50 Speakers leaving 00:00:07
00:03:57 End 00:00:00
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