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Summary of Treaty


GENERAL DATA
Official Title Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States of the one part, and the Republic of Montenegro, of the other part
Type of Agreement Bilateral
Usual Title SAA Montenegro
Place of Signature Luxembourg
Date of Signature 15/10/2007
Date of Entry Into Force 01/05/2010
Duration Indefinite
Objective of Agreement To establish an Association between the European Communities and its Member States, of the one part; and the Republic of Montenegro of the other part. The aims of this Association are: – to support the efforts of Montenegro to strengthen democracy and rule of law; – to contribute to political, economic and institutional stability in Montenegro, as well as to the stabilisation of the region; – to provide an appropriate framework for political dialogue, allowing the development of close political relations between the Parties; – to support the efforts of Montenegro to develop its economic and international co-operation, including through the approximation of its legislation to that of the Community; – to support the efforts of Montenegro to complete the transition into a functioning market economy; – to promote harmonious economic relations and gradually develop a free trade area between the Community and Montenegro; – to foster regional co-operation in all the fields covered by this Agreement.
Remarks Following a referendum in May 2006, the Montenegrin Parliament adopted on 3 June 2006 a Declaration of Independence and the Republic of Montenegro withdrew from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro. Consequently, new Negotiating Directives for Montenegro were adopted on 24 July 2006 and negotiations resumed on 25 September 2006. These negotiations were finished on 1 December 2006 and after consultations with the EU Member States the results of the negotiations, the Stabilisation and Association Agreement, was initialled in Podgorica on 15 March 2007. The Stabilisation and Association Agreement focuses on the following main elements: – provisions for political dialogue with Montenegro; – provisions on enhanced regional co-operation, including the perspective of establishing free trade areas between the countries of the region; – the perspective of the establishment of a free-trade area between the Community and Montenegro within five years of the entry into force of the Agreement; – provisions on the movement of workers, freedom of establishment, supply of services, current payments and movement of capital; – the commitment by Montenegro to approximate its legislation to that of the EC, notably in key areas of the internal market; – provisions on co-operation with Montenegro in a wide range of fields, including justice, freedom and security. – provision for the establishment of a Stabilisation and Association Council which supervises the implementation of the Agreement, of a Stabilisation and Association Committee and a Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee. According to Article 139, an Interim Agreement is mentioned: In the event that, pending the completion of the procedures necessary for the entry into force of this Agreement, the provisions of certain parts of this Agreement, in particular those relating to the free movement of goods as well as the relevant provisions on Transport, are put into effect by means of Interim Agreements between the Community and Montenegro, the Parties agree that, in such circumstances for the purpose of the provisions of Title IV, Articles 73, 74 and 75 of this Agreement, Protocols 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7, and relevant provisions of Protocol 4, hereto, the terms "date of entry into force of this Agreement" mean the date of entry into force of the relevant Interim Agreement in relation to obligations contained in the above-mentioned provisions.
Relation and Association with Other Agreements -Interim Agreement on trade and trade-related matters between the European Community, of the one part, and the Republic of Montenegro, of the other part - Protocols - Final Act – Declarations
-Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the Community and the Republic of Montenegro, which provides for the provisional application of Protocol 8 to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Montenegro, of the other part, on the general principles for the participation of Montenegro in Community programmes
OJ Reference L 108, 29/04/2010, p. 3
Depositary Secretary-General of the Council of the European Union
Contracting Parties European Community, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom
Authentic Texts Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian , Slovakian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish
Subject Matters Eastern Europe
Enlargement
Clause(s)
Authentic Texts Article 137 Agreement
Counter terrorism Article 87 Agreement
Counter terrorism Article 7 Agreement
Duration (Conditions) Article 133 (1)-(2) Agreement
Entry into force conditions Article 138 Agreement
Human rights Article 2 Agreement
Human rights - Suspension Article 133 Agreement
Readmission Article 83 Agreement
Safeguard Article 41 Agreement
Settlement of disputes Article 129 (2)-(4) Agreement
Shortage clause Article 42 Agreement
Territorial application Article 135 Agreement
WDM weapons of mass destruction Article 3; 10(3) Agreement
Management Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (Art. 125)
Stabilisation and Association Committee (Art. 122)
Stabilisation and Association Council (Art. 119)
Other Links http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/potential-candidate-countries/montenegro/index_en.htm
EU PARTICIPATION
Ratification Status NOT
Conclusion Decision Council and Commission Decision of 29 March 2010 on the conclusion of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the European Communities and their Member States, of the one part, and the Republic of Montenegro, of the other part; OJ L108 of 29/04/2010, p.1
Competence Mixed
Legal Basis Treaty EAEC: Article 101
Treaty FEU: Article 217
General Comments Association Agreement ; Framework Agreement ; Comprehensive Agreement ; Stabilisation and Association Agreement ; SAA



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