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State Secretary Štucin at the Intergovernmental Conference encourages active support for Montenegro

On the margins of the EU General Affairs Council, State Secretary Marko Štucin took part in the EU-Montenegro Intergovernmental Conference, where participants took stock of the overall accession process and provided political steer for future work. The Conference is a recognition of the results achieved by Montenegro and an encouragement to continue reforms, with special focus on the rule of law.
State Secretary Štucin at the EU-Montenegro Intergovernmental Conference, hall

State Secretary Štucin at the EU-Montenegro Intergovernmental Conference | Author EU

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Montenegro has opened all negotiating chapters (33) in its EU accession process, of which three have been provisionally closed. The main short-term task is to meet the provisional benchmarks in chapters 23 and 24, which will allow the country to start closing the remaining chapters.

In his address, State Secretary Štucin welcomed the progress made by Montenegro in the short time since the appointment of the new government, in particular the election of the Supreme State Prosecutor by the Montenegrin Parliament on Saturday and the earlier appointments to key positions in the Montenegrin judiciary. He called on the European Commission to actively support Montenegro, which would allow the country to make rapid progress on its European path in the coming months. He concluded by stressing that "Montenegro's progress on its European path is not only important for its citizens, but also sends a positive signal and encouragement to all Western Balkan countries, while demonstrating the EU's commitment to the enlargement process".