Montenegrin government initiates dialogue on European integration process

Montenegrin government initiates dialogue on European integration process

The Montenegrin government will initiate a broad political and social dialogue on topics critical to the successful completion of country’s European integration process. This was decided yesterday afternoon at Cabinet’s thematic session chaired by Prime Minister Duško Marković.

Given Montenegro’s firm commitment to become a member of the European Union, which is a vital national priority and a path with no alternative, the Government indicates that the state is facing the most challenging, final phase of membership negotiations.

“As a leader in the process, Montenegro has a particular responsibility to continue meeting successfully the commitments of the European agenda.

The European Commission will very soon introduce a new negotiation modality, which, although it will primarily target those countries that have not yet started this process, provides an additional opportunity. Montenegro must invest all its political, social and institutional capacities, as a state and society as a whole, to reach an agreement jointly and find political consensus on European integration issue. The current social and political context dictates additional accountability to citizens – precisely that differing views on other issues would not overshadow state’s unique European course”, reads the statement of the government.

The Government of Montenegro is fully committed to any model that would provide the conditions for this to happen.

“Therefore, Montenegro has the strength and capacity to gather around the European goal in an election year, at a crucial time for the further dynamics of our integration. The first and most important step in this direction is to strengthen mutual trust through the continuation of political and broader social agreement on the conditions for elections, which are directly related to our European agenda. To this end, the Government, as the branch of government with the most functional influence but also with the most responsibility for the overall state of society, is fully prepared and open to discuss all issues essential to our democratic development. We want this dialogue to start as soon as possible with all political and social actors who share the European goal”, the statement concludes.

The Cabinet has authorised Prime Minister Duško Marković to inform all relevant political and social actors of the Initiative./ibna