Montenegro: Ready for accession negotiations in June
The European Commission has today adopted the report on Montenegro's progress in the implementation of reforms necessary to start negotiations of the EU membership. The European Commission concludes that Montenegro has made further progress in the areas of rule of law and fundamental rights, including in the fight against corruption and organised crime. Given the degree of compliance with membership criteria, the Commission reiterates its recommendation that accession negotiations with Montenegro be opened in June. “This report shows that Montenegro is on track and ready to start accession negotiations in June," Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Štefan Füle said. "Montenegro is a very good example of how EU enlargement policy can transform societies and stimulate reforms needed to achieve European standards in all areas of life. Building on the progress achieved to date, the good work needs to continue. I hope that today's report will provide further momentum for Montenegro to step up its efforts toward European integration", he added.
The report was prepared in line with the European Council conclusions of last December and assesses in particular the progress made by the country in the period from the 1st September 2011. After the Council agrees with the opening of accession negotiations with Montenegro, the Commission will continue to put a particular focus on the area of rule of law and fundamental rights, especially the fight against corruption and organised crime, so as to ensure a solid track record. This new approach proposed by the Commission and endorsed by the December 2011 European Council will allow to firmly anchor reforms in this area and ensure close monitoring of their implementation.
More information: Report on Montenegro's progress in the implementation of reforms