High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell met on Wednesday, 17 March 2021, with Deputy Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović in Brussels.
High Representative/Vice-President Borrell reaffirmed the EU’s strong support to Montenegro’s EU accession process and encouraged the country to continue delivering on its EU reform agenda, in particular in the area of the rule of law, for the benefit of its citizens.
HR/VP Borrell praised Montenegro’s strong record of continuous full alignment with EU foreign and security policy positions and thanked the country for its contributions to the EU’s Common Security and Defence Policy missions and operations.
Discussing the cooperation between the EU and the Western Balkans in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic, the HR/VP recalled the €70 million EU grant package for the Western Balkans made available by the European Commission to help cover the cost of some doses procured by EU Member States. They also discussed the Economic and Investment Plan worth €9 billion to support the region‘s long term recovery.
The EU remains committed to support Montenegro’s fight against the coronavirus. Last week, the European Commission proposed to mobilise close to €200 000 of additional support to contribute to Montenegro’s efforts to safeguard public health.