Johannes Hahn congratulates PM Đukanović on election victory and emphasises importance of quick formation of government

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    Podgorica, Montenegro (28 October 2016) – Prime Minister Milo Đukanović had tonight very constructive telephone conversation with EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn…

    Podgorica, Montenegro (28 October 2016) – Prime Minister Milo Đukanović had tonight very constructive telephone conversation with EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn.

    The Commissioner reiterated congratulations to the Prime Minister on the election victory, and emphasised the importance of coalition talks for the quick formation of the new government. Hahn expressed his respect for the Prime Minister’s decision not to be mandatary, as well as the hope to continue cooperation and asked him to continue to promote Montenegro’s EU accession process. He particularly highlighted the importance of further reform in Chapters 23 and 24, and credible results of implementation, which is vital for the country’s further progress in the negotiating process, and to strengthen the necessary support of EU member states. Commissioner Hahn expressed his full confidence that Montenegro will continue to follow its strategic choice, and that it will make further strides in the Euro-Atlantic path.

    The Prime Minister thanked for the congratulations, and said that the electoral match was very difficult, but that Montenegro definitely remains on the European path after this valuable victory. This opens the possibility to continue to play a positive role in the promotion of the European values in the Balkans. He explained his decision not to be mandatary again and thanked for the understanding, and expressed readiness for further contacts. He pointed out that even in a new capacity he will provide maximum support to achieving Montenegro’s strategic goals. He agreed with Commissioner’s opinion on the importance of Chapters 23 and 24 for the negotiating process, with the belief that the new government will be focused on reforms and strengthening the rule of law.

    PUBLIC RELATIONS SERVICE OF THE GOVERNMENT OF MONTENEGRO

    Source: Government of Montenegro