Chapter opening an incentive for Montenegro

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Opening of the chapters 1 and 22, regarding free movement of goods and regional politics and coordination of structural instruments, represents an incentive for Montenegro to intensively continue implementation of reforms, but also a confirmation that the negotiation process is being continued in planned dinamics, said representatives of Ministry of Economy and Ministry of European Affairs.

At the Intergovernmental Conference to be held today in Luxembourg , Montenegro will open negotiations in chapters 1 and 22 and temporarily close chapter 30, regarading foreign affairs.
Representatives of the ministries of economy and European affairs, responsible in these chapters, have estimated that the opening of the chapters implies a new phase that includes work on fulfilling the conditions for their closure, completing the reform process and finalizing the EU accession process.

“Free movement of goods is one of four fundamental freedoms in the single EU market. The goal of Montenegro under this chapter is to remove technical barriers to trade through harmonization of national legislation with EU regulations, as well as preparations for integration into the common European market, ” said the ministries for the Mina-business agency.
They added that, apart from removing barriers to trade, the safety and quality of products put on the Montenegrin market must be guaranteed through the full acceptance of all the principles and requirements of European technical legislation, standards and best practices for their application.

“Fulfilling all requirements and standards will also affect the competitiveness of domestic products on the European and international markets,” said representatives of the Ministry of Economy.

They said that Montenegro had established an adequate quality infrastructure system in the previous period, which is the foundation of free movement of goods. Also, the institutions of quality infrastructure have reached an enviable level of competence, which has been recognized through membership in international and European metrology, accreditation and standardization organizations.

Chapter 22 – Regional Policy and Coordination of Structural Instruments includes support to EU countries and regions to fund projects aiming at infrastructure development, stimulating industry development and employment, all aimed at further economic development of less developed regions in the EU, harmonizing regional development and strengthening regional competitiveness.

Source: Radio Television Montenegro

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