Bruxelles (Belgique)

New government, new prospects ? Reviving Montenegro’s EU accession bid

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During this in-person Policy Briefing, Prime Minister of Montenegro Milojko Spajić will discuss the country’s EU integration efforts, key reform priorities, and prospects for accession.

Montenegro started accession talks with the EU in 2012 and has opened all 33 negotiating chapters. However, internal political problems have thwarted the country’s smooth progress towards the EU. With a new pro-European coalition in government following last June’s elections, Montenegro has a fresh chance to further its long-standing European ambitions.

The new government has already declared that it will meet interim benchmarks in Chapters 23 and 24 this year and begin completing negotiating chapters in accordance with the new enlargement methodology. In the past two months, a new Chief Negotiator was also appointed and a few crucial judicial appointments were approved by Parliament.

What are the outstanding challenges on Montenegro’s EU track ? How does the new government plan to overcome them ? Can the country meet the political criteria for EU membership ? And how can the Union and its member states help Montenegro advance its membership bid ?

January, 30th.
15.00 - 16.00 CET

European Policy Centre
Rue du Trône 14-16
1000 Brussels

✽ European Policy Centre
Rue du Trône 14-16
1000 Brussels
Tel. : +32 (0)2 231 03 40

Participation is open to EPC members only, the media, and EU officials