European Parliament strongly supports membership based on individual merit

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    Podgorica, Montenegro (10 January 2018) — Accession to the European family is a common goal of Montenegro and the EU, and the speed of completion of the negotiation process and membership process will depend exclusively on individual merit, European Affairs Minister Aleksandar Andrija Pejović and Chairman of the EU-Montenegro Parliamentary Committee David Martin concluded at a meeting in Brussels earlier today… European Parliament strongly supports membership based on individual merit

    Podgorica, Montenegro (10 January 2018) — Accession to the European family is a common goal of Montenegro and the EU, and the speed of completion of the negotiation process and membership process will depend exclusively on individual merit, European Affairs Minister Aleksandar Andrija Pejović and Chairman of the EU-Montenegro Parliamentary Committee David Martin concluded at a meeting in Brussels earlier today.

    MEP Martin stressed that the EU is firmly committed to strengthening its ties with the Western Balkan countries, thus contributing to the intensification of the reform process and accession to the EU. He pointed out that Montenegro, on the basis of its own merits, has built up a good integration result and rightfully takes the leading role among the candidate countries for membership. In that regard, he noted that the European Parliament will continue to monitor and support Montenegro’s progress towards membership. He expressed his satisfaction with the recently held session of the Parliamentary Stabilisation and Association Committee, hoping that the next meeting scheduled in Montenegro in July 2018 will be equally useful for considering the progress made by Montenegro on the European path.

    Minister Pejović expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the EU is increasingly paying attention to the Western Balkans, which is confirmed by the increasing interest of both the European Commission and the Council, as well as the European Parliament. He stressed that Montenegro will use positive circumstances in order to open the remaining negotiating chapters in 2018 and speed up work on their closure. He emphasised the Government’s commitment to achieving results in the context of the rule of law, that is, meeting the provisional benchmarks for chapters 23 and 24.

    Source: Government of Montenegro

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