During his visit to Brussels, the Prime Minister of Montenegro, Zdravko Krivokapić, met with the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, Oliver Varhelyi, the Government announced.
It was concluded at the meeting that the future of the Western Balkans is in the European Union and that Montenegro is at the forefront of the integration path.
Prime Minister Krivokapić expressed satisfaction with the repeated meeting with the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy and said that the intensified dynamics of the meeting of the highest officials of Montenegro and the European Union speaks in favour of both sides’ determination to jointly contribute to the integration process.
“I am convinced that our activities will give the desired result because that is the will of 75% of Montenegrin citizens according to the latest research.” Our course is clear. “We want membership in the European Union, we do not have and we are not looking for alternatives,” said the Prime Minister.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Oliver Varhelyi pointed out that Montenegro continues to take the lead on the path of integration into the European Union and that Brussels appreciates the Government’s efforts to maintain such dynamics. He pointed out that he was looking forward to holding the first political intergovernmental conference this month, which would send a strong message and give the wind in Montenegro’s back on the road to the EU.
At the meeting, opinions were exchanged on the current situation in the region and the immunization process against COVID-19. The interlocutors agreed that the dynamics of immunization is satisfactory and that it is encouraging in the context of fulfilling the expectations from the upcoming tourist season and the recovery of the economy in general.
In that context, Prime Minister Krivokapić thanked Commissioner Varhelyi for the EU’s support to Montenegro in the fight against the pandemic and expressed confidence that the institutions in Montenegro justified the country’s status as a reliable candidate country, ie a future full member of the EU.
Varhelyi wrote after the meeting on Twitter that the discussion was comprehensive.
Comprehensive discussion today with Prime Minister @profKrivokapic. Stressed importance of economic reforms implementation and of progress in the field of rule of law. Looking forward to ‘political’ IGC with #Montenegro in June, based on our revised enlargement methodology. pic.twitter.com/cFrak61FVw
— Oliver Varhelyi (@OliverVarhelyi) June 15, 2021
“Comprehensive discussion with Prime Minister Krivokapić. Emphasized the importance of implementing economic reforms and progress in the area of the rule of law. We are looking forward to the “political” IGC with Montenegro in June, based on our revised enlargement methodology.