EU relations with Montenegro

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In December 2008 Montenegro applied to join the EU.

In December 2009 Montenegrin citizens were granted the right to travel to the Schengen Area without a visa.

In May 2010 the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) entered into force, providing a comprehensive contractual framework for EU-Montenegro relations.

Since December 2010 Montenegro has been a candidate country. Membership talks started in June 2012.

Work on the chapters dealing with the rule of law, 23 – Judiciary and fundamental rights, and 24 – Justice, freedom and security, got under way at the end of 2013.

The European Commission issues an annual Progress Report which assesses Montenegro's progress towards EU accession.

 For further information, see:

Council conclusions

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