Tourism Minister Gvozdenović, EU’s Dirk Langue: Activities for opening negotiations in Chapter 27 agreed

    Podgorica, Montenegro (27 February 2015) – Having in mind the complexity of the Chapter 27 – Environment and climate changes, the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism and the Government of Montenegro are willing to make additional efforts in the negotiation process, Tourism Minister Branimir Gvozdenović highlighted at the meeting with Dirk Lange, Head of Unit for Montenegro within the European Commission’s Directorate General for Enlargement.

    The meeting discussed further steps in meeting the benchmarks required for opening the Chapter 27, with the emphasis on the agreed activities which will enhance the negotiation process related to this chapter in the following year.

    The two officials exchanged information about current and planned activities, stressing the need for continuation of the cooperation with the competent institutions. In that regard, they emphasised the need to strengthen administrative and other capacity in order to implement the EU requirements more efficiently and in a more qualitative manner.

    Dynamics of creating strategic and other documents, and their submission to the European Commission as a precondition for the opening of the negotiations were also on the meeting’s agenda. The two officials agreed on expert support which is to be provided by the EU Delegation in drafting these documents.

    Minister Gvozdenović underlined the need to protect the area of “Solana” in the municipality of Ulcinj, adding that the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism has intensified cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and Inspection Authority by establishing a joint team which will be focused on resolving the particular issue.

    Source: Government of Montenegro