Montenegro

23 Jun: Tourism in Montenegro will change because of the pandemic, Montenegrin local leaders say

(Source: European Committee of Regions)

The pandemic’s impact on tourism highlighted in meeting that also brings to the fore concerns about a loss of EU expertise and continued rule-of-law failings.

Montenegro must overcome a period of political tension and administrative disruption and “do its homework” on issues related to the rule of law if it is to maintain the pace of its bid to join the European Union, local and regional leaders from Montenegro were told at a meeting and the European Committee of the Regions on 10 June.

The meeting of the Joint Consultative Committee (JCC) of the European …

23 Jun: Thirteenth meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at Ministerial level

(Source: Council of the EU)

The thirteenth meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at Ministerial level was held today in Luxembourg. The meeting marks a milestone in the evolution of the accession negotiations, since it is the first to have taken place since the Council approved the revised enlargement methodology, which also applies to the accession process of Montenegro.

The European Union delegation was led by Ms Ana Paula Zacarias, Secretary of State for European Affairs, on behalf of the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The Montenegrin delegation was led by the Prime Minister of …

01 Jun: EU disburses €460 million in Macro-Financial Assistance to Tunisia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia

(Source: European Commission)

The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has today made further disbursements under its COVID-19 Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) package to Tunisia, Kosovo, Montenegro and North Macedonia. The disbursements of €300 million to Tunisia, €50 million to Kosovo, €30 million to Montenegro and €80 million to North Macedonia are part of the €3 billion MFA package agreed in May 2020 to help ten enlargement and neighbourhood partners mitigate the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today’s disbursements demonstrate the EU’s solidarity with our partners at a time of unprecedented crisis.

Paolo Gentiloni, Commissioner for the Economy, said: “Today …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Montenegro: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

In 2008, Montenegro applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2012. Montenegro has opened all 33 negotiation chapters, three of which have been provisionally closed. Public opinion surveys show that 75 % of the population support the country’s accession to the European Union. A new government led by Zdravko Krivokapić took office in Montenegro on 4 December 2020. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Montenegro.

Full Report …

12 May: AT A GLANCE : Montenegro: 2019 and 2020 country reports

(Source: EU Parliament)

In 2008, Montenegro applied for EU membership, and accession negotiations began in 2012. Montenegro has opened all 33 negotiation chapters, three of which have been provisionally closed. Public opinion surveys show that 75 % of the population support the country’s accession to the European Union. A new government led by Zdravko Krivokapić took office in Montenegro on 4 December 2020. During its May 2021 plenary session, the European Parliament is due to debate a resolution on the Commission’s latest country reports on Montenegro.

Full Report …

11 May: CALL FOR PROPOSALS : The 3rd Call for Proposals within the IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Montenegro-Kosovo 2014-2020 has been published

Deadline 25-06-21 (Source: EEAS)

The Government of Montenegro – European Integration Office and the Directorate for Finance and Contracting of EU Assistance in the Ministry of Finance and Social Welfare, in cooperation with the Ministry of Local Government Administration of the Republic of Kosovo invite you to use EU funds and apply for joint projects under the Third Call for Proposals within the IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Montenegro-Kosovo 2014-2020.

The overall objective of this call is to improve the standard and quality of living of the people in the programme area through the environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive economic development …

11 May: Enlargement: new enlargement methodology will be applied to Montenegro and Serbia

(Source: EU Consilium)

The Council agreed on the application of the revised enlargement methodology to the accession negotiations with Montenegro and Serbia, after both candidate countries expressed their acceptance of the new methodology. The changes will be accommodated within the existing negotiating frameworks with Montenegro and Serbia during the next Intergovernmental Conferences.

The European Union and its Member States have consistently expressed their unequivocal support for the European perspective of the Western Balkans. This firm, merit-based prospect of full EU membership for the Western Balkans is in the Union’s own political, security and economic interests.

A credible accession perspective is …

11 May: EU Enlargement Policy – Western Balkans, the ‘squirrel in a cage’

Editor’s Blog: Produced in collaboration with the EU Buzz team 

In 2003 at the summit in Thessaloniki, the European Council declared that “the future of the Balkans is within the European Union”. This political commitment was a clear promise taken by the European Union and Western Balkans’ heads of state and governments that European Enlargement would include the former Yugoslavian block. 

Seventeen years after the European Union committed itself to an enlarged future which encompassed the Western Balkans, only one country – Croatia, has succeeded in joining the Union. Today, the accession process remains slow and glacial, with the stretched conditionality, new methodology, and the ghosts of …