Montenegro and European Union

milo_solana.jpgMontenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Wednesday, November 5th, 2008, held talks in Brussels with the European foreign policy and security commissioner, Javier Solana. (From the Council of the European Union, November 5, 2008, Brussels, Belgium)

On Wednesday, November 5th 2008., Mr. Milo Djukanovic, Prime Minister of Montenegro, was received by Mr. Javier Solana, European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), as part of the Prime Minister’s one-day working visit to NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

The meeting provided a timely opportunity to analyse the bilateral relationship between the European Union and Montenegro, in particular in light of the “very positive” Progress Report issued by the European Commission today. The High Representative expressed his appreciation for Montenegro’s reform efforts and contribution to regional stability and encouraged the Prime Minister to continue on this path. High Representative Mr. Solana and the Montenegrin Prime Minister also discussed the latest developments in the region and how to strengthen the European perspective.

During his working visit to Brussels, the Prime Minister of Montenegro was accompanied by H.E. Mr. Milan Rocen, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro.

At the same time, the Montenegrin Parliamentary delegation visited European Parliament:

EP President, Hans-Gert PÖTTERING met Mr Ranko Krivokapic, the President of the Parliament of Montenegro. Main discussions regarded the application of Montenegro to become a Member State of the EU. Although the progress report issued today is very positive for the country, EP President, believes that no new memberships will be accepted before the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Wednesday submitted Montenegro’s application for NATO’s Membership Action Plan.

1225909923.jpgMontenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic on Wednesday, November 5th 2008., submitted to NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Montenegro’s application for NATO’s Membership Action Plan (MAP). After his meeting with Scheffer, Djukanovic was was optimistic because NATO’s Secretary-General once again confirmed that, contrary to the European Union, NATO was not tired of enlargements. In line with common procedure, Scheffer will put forward Montenegro’s application for MAP to members that decide whether to accept it or not.

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