The Status of Montenegro’s EU Integration
“It has been more than two years since Montenegro opened accession negotiations with the European Union, thus entering a dynamic and challenging period. In its first year of negotiations, Montenegro established a negotiation structure that engaged more than 1,300 people from public administration and civil society in preparations for explanatory and bilateral screening meetings with the European Commission. These meetings were held between March 2012 and June 2013 and were aimed at establishing the state of play in each of the areas as well as identifying major institutional, legal and investment challenges for Montenegro.
Montenegro underwent comprehensive social reforms in the second year of negotiations. Changes to major strategy documents, laws, secondary legislation and action plans were adopted or are underway. Administrative capacity for fulfilling the commitments has been enhanced through strengthening existing structures, establishing new institutions and training of employees. These reforms aim for political and democratic stability, the creation of an environment primed for economic growth and improving living standards for citizens.
Our goal, defined in the 2014-2018 Programme of Accession to the EU, is to implement all necessary reforms and make all internal preparations for membership...”
Excerpt from Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, “The Status of Montenegro’s EU Integration,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 5, No. 4, 2014: 62-64.
Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejović is Montenegro’s state secretary for European integration and chief negotiator for Montenegro’s candidacy to the European Union. Since 2000, he has worked in his country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He completed his master’s degree in European and South East European Studies at the National University of Greece, Athens. He is a 2008 graduate of the Marshall Center’s senior executive seminar.
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