16 Dec 14
Montenegro Opens New Chapters with EU
Montenegro is to open talks with the EU on four chapters dealing with consumer and health protection and customs regulation.
At the Intergovernmental Conference on Tuesday in Brussels, Montenegro will start negotiations with the European Union on Chapters 18 and 28, dealing with statistics regulation and consumer and health protections.
Along with these, other two chapters will be opened for the first time, namely Chapter 29 on customs union and Chapter 33 on financial and budgetary provisions.
Of a total of 35 negotiation chapters, 16 chapters have been opened for negotiations, of which two chapters have been provisionally closed.
Montenegro’s chief negotiator with the EU, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, said the results that the government had achieved this year in the accession process were creditworthy. “We can be satisfied with the performance,” Pejovic told the media on Monday.
Montenegro obtained EU candidate status in December 2010. In June 2012, accession negotiations formally opened at the first Intergovernmental Conference and a year later the screening process was completed.
Last December, Montenegro started negotiation talks with the EU on Chapters 23 and 24, which represent the most challenging phase of the accession talks as they deal with organized crime and corruption.
The EU’s new approach to membership negotiations, which is being implemented for the first time with Montenegro, means that Chapters 23 and 24 are to be kept open until the negotiations end.
The EU’s 2014 Progress Report on Montenegro, released in October, criticised Podgorica’s performance in the fight against organised crime and corruption.
Source: Balkan Insight (Montenegro)