Visit of Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, to José Manuel Barroso: extracts from the joint press briefing
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 15 October 2013, José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, welcomed Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, at the European Commission. They discussed the country's accession process. They also focused on Montenegro's recent political challenges, the economic situation and regional cooperation.
This video shows extracts of the press briefing given by the Officials following their meeting.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Joint arrival of Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro, and José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, at the press briefing
||Cutaway of the Speakers
||Soundbite by José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC (in ENGLISH): The overall pace of Montenegro's negotiations will therefore essentially depend on the implementation of these key Action Plans. Montenegro is taking steps to overcome recent political challenges – for example, as regards the proper functioning of parliament and the proper and efficient use of public funds. These steps need to continue and progress has to be made irreversible. Today I also reiterated the call, often made by the Commission, that media freedom must be ensured and threats and violence against journalists completely investigated. In our meeting, we also spoke about the economic situation, and I stressed the need for Montenegro to take measures to further improve its business environment and fight unemployment. In light of recent developments I made a particular reference to the aluminium producer, KAP, which plays a key role in the economy of Montenegro. The company needs a solution, in line with obligations under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement as a matter of urgency. We also touched upon bilateral issues: Montenegro is a champion of regional cooperation, which I really applaud, and we also discussed this issue in detail. This is indeed key for the region.
||Cutaway of the audience
||Soundbite by Filip Vujanovic, President of Montenegro (in ENGLISH): We are so satisfied to have completed the screening negotiations. It is a great proof that Montenegro is capable to do everything to come closer to the European Union. We have worked with European experts and expect to be able to continue so. We are satisfied to have opened and provisionally closed chapters 25 and 26 related to science, research, culture and education. Thirdly, I would like to express great satisfaction that Montenegro is now in a situation to expand opening of new chapters (23 and 24). This is very important for us.
||General view of the press briefing
||Departure of the Speakers (2 shots)