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On an official visit to the country, Federica Mogherini commended the constructive and reliable role Montenegro is playing in the Western Balkans region. Highlighting the main findings of the Commission 2018 Report on Montenegro, Mogherini welcomed the encouraging progress achieved while looking forward to progress in areas such as rule of law and media freedom.
Following the Commission recommendation for the Council to open accession negotiations with the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini in Skopje recognised this as an achievement for all the institutions in the country, the civil society and the citizens. She invited both government and opposition to ‘join forces for the coming steps to be taken’.
On an official visit to Albania, EU High Representative Federica Mogherini acclaimed a "collective acknowledgement" of the country's progress towards EU standards and eventual membership, and called for a "collective responsibility" from the leaders, institutions and people of Albania for continued reforms. The European Commission on 17 April recommended opening EU accession negotiations with Albania.