Exactly eight years after the launch of accession negotiations with Montenegro (30 June 2012), the was held at Deputies level on 30 June 2020, to open negotiations on chapter 8 competition policy.
This Conference followed a thorough discussion in Council on the Commission's rule of law non-paper, given the importance of rule of law for the overall pace of negotiations.
The European Union delegation was led by Ms Irena Andrassy, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, on behalf of the Croatian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Mr. Christian Danielsson, Director General DG NEAR, European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The Montenegrin delegation was led by Ambassador Bojan Sarkic, Head of the Montenegrin Mission to the European Union.
With this Conference, all 33 screened chapters out of a total of 35 negotiating chapters will have been opened for negotiations, three of which have already been provisionally closed.
“Pleased that Montenegro opened the last chapter on competition at accession conference with the EU. A clear signal of our commitment to the Western Balkans and the enlargement policy. Focus is now needed on reforms, especially in the rule of law, so that Montenegro can progress further on EU path,” tweeted the Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi.
The opening of the last chapter in the negotiations with the European Union is an important day and a turning point for the process of the European integration of Montenegro, said Prime Minister Dusko Markovic.
The Chief Negotiator with the European Union (EU), Aleksandar Drljevic, said that Montenegro, despite all of the challenges, has shown that it has enough maturity to start the process of closing the negotiating chapters.