December 2, 2010
(Waz.EUObserver) The European Parliament will call on member states to grant Montenegro the status of EU candidate country without delay, in a resolution on Thursday (2 December) which will support the European Commission’s recommendations to the council.
The deputies will express regret, however, about the recommendation to separate candidate status from the right to open negotiations, and will stress that the decision to begin talks should not be unreasonably postponed.
“The EP expects the negotiations to start at the latest after the publication of the 2011 commission progress report, provided Montenegro makes good progress in fulfilling the benchmarks set by the commission,” says the document, which has been seen by WAZ.EUobserver. (Read the article “Montenegro accession talks should not be postponed, says EP”)
Also, Montenegrin Minister for European integration Gordana Djurovic is expecting that Montenegro gets the candidate status for the EU membership until middle of December. In her interview with the serbian newspaper ‘Blic’, she noted that ‘Serbia is the biggest wagon’ pulling the whole Balkans towards the EU. She, however, also warned that for that reason precisely, ‘Serbia must not obstruct’ other countries on their path towards the EU. (the whole interview)
In the meantime, Montenegrin parliament refused to discuss an opposition party initiative to establish a parliamentary panel to monitor the fight against corruption and organised crime. Opposition claims that there is still not enough political will to fight organized crime and corruption, which are some of major requirements for the EU membership.
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