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European Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, Juhannes Hahn said that the opening of negotiations in Chapter 27 is another significant step forward on the European path of Montenegro.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Srdjan Darmanovic, said that opening of the Chapter testifies to Montenegro’s continued and strong commitment to the European integration process.
“I believe that by opening the last negotiating chapter in the months ahead, we will once again confirm the leadership position of Montenegro, but also give a new impetus to the integration process, not only in our country, but also in the countries of the region, and confirm the credibility of the European perspective of the Western Balkans," said Darmanovic.
With today's Conference, out of a total of 35 negotiation chapters, 32 chapters have now been opened for negotiations of which 3 chapters have already been provisionally closed. Further Accession Conferences will be planned, as appropriate, in order to take the process forward in the first half of 2019. The accession negotiations were launched in June 2012.
Regarding the opening of negotiations on Chapter 27 - Environment and climate change, the Union has closely examined Montenegro's present state of preparations. On the understanding that Montenegro has to continue to make progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis in this chapter, the EU noted that there are benchmarks that need to be met for the provisional closure of this chapter.
In addition, the EU underlined that it would devote particular attention to monitoring all specific issues mentioned in its common position. Monitoring of progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis will continue throughout the negotiations.