Minister of European Affairs Pejović participates in Bled Strategic Forum

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    Minister of European Affairs Aleksandar Andrija Pejović attended the Bled Strategic Forum, namely the panel focused on the functioning of the EU and its future. Minister Pejović highlighted that solidarity of the EU member states and joint response to the internal and external crisis will make the EU stronger, adding that affirmation of the EU role as a significant geopolitical actor on the international scene will rebuild the trust in the European project and strengthen the consciousness on the common future of the European countries…

    Minister of European Affairs Aleksandar Andrija Pejović attended the Bled Strategic Forum, namely the panel focused on the functioning of the EU and its future. Minister Pejović highlighted that solidarity of the EU member states and joint response to the internal and external crisis will make the EU stronger, adding that affirmation of the EU role as a significant geopolitical actor on the international scene will rebuild the trust in the European project and strengthen the consciousness on the common future of the European countries.

    Minister Pejović emphasised the importance of the recently adopted Rome Declaration, noting the need to bring the EU closer to its citizens by resolving problems in the field of employment, social rights, solidarity and equal opportunities for all. It is really important to ensure the free movement of people, goods, services and capital and to preserve the good functioning of the single market in order to continue improve the economic development and the quality of life of citizens, Minister Pejović pointed out.

    During the panel, the participants agreed that financial and migrant crisis undermined the trust among the EU member states and endangered relations between the EU institutions, emphasising the need to overcome individual concerns and to return to the origins of the EU, particularly the ones related to the single market, Schengen area and commitment to the international trade. Europe needs solidarity and the joint approach to solving the issues and building the joint future, the participants pointed out.

    On the sidelines of the Forum, Minister Pejović had separate bilateral meetings with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia Miroslav Lajčak and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania Teodor Melesșcanu, Minister of European Affairs of France Nathalie Loiseau and State Secretary for European Affairs in the Slovenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Iztok Miroščić.

    The officials commended Montenegro’s results in the EU accession process and voiced the full political support of their countries for the continuation of the reform process in all areas. The meetings also discussed Montenegro’s forthcoming commitments and plans aimed at opening the remaining negotiation chapters, as well as the activities towards meeting the requirements for closing negotiation chapters. In that regard, the officials agreed concrete modalities of cooperation and expert support in the priority areas.

    Source: Government of Montenegro