The “Mini-Schengen” story, accentuated by Serbia, is still in the focus of attention. Montenegro clearly showed scepticism about this project. Minister of Economy, Dragica Sekulić, said that the initiative launched by Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania already existed in Montenegro. In other words, Montenegro has already taken that path.
Political analyst from Zagreb, Davor Đenero, agrees that Montenegro doesn’t need a “Mini-Schengen”. He says that this project is a deceit.
“Although this project has wide European support, Montenegro’s scepticism about it is very rational. There are several traps in this project. First and foremost, this project is designed to secure Serbia’s dominant position and limit the manoeuvring space of member states in the autonomous control of illegal migration. Serbia, functioning as refugees’ hot spot, in fact, wants to shift the burden of accommodation of migrants, leading Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina into a very unfavourable position towards the Union”, says Đenero.
As CDM reports, Đenero touched on the new model of the EU enlargement policy, presented by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, and hailed Montenegro’s view and attitude when it comes to this issue.
“Incurable optimist will prove to be good in this situation. The blocking of the negotiation process has led to speaking out on something that should have been said loud and clear long time ago – Montenegro is the leader in the pre-accession process. Another good thing is that Montenegro’s authorities have maintained patience”, says Đenero.
He says that media in Belgrade, under Aleksandar Vučić’s control, gladly accepted the non-paper, being aware that Serbia lacks the capacity for full membership.
“Montenegro really should remain consistent and insist on fulfilling its duties”, Đenero concluded./ibna