Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, met with Milo Djukanović, the President of Montenegro, in Brussels today to exchange views on the political situation in the country and its European Union integration path, including on regional cooperation.
The High Representative and the President highlighted the importance of the recent EU-Western Balkans summit in Sofia that not only reaffirmed the European Union's perspective for the region, but also took a number of concrete steps to further strengthen the cooperation and the bonds connecting both. They agreed that the momentum created this year - also through the Western Balkans strategy - needs to continue, in the interest of Montenegro, the region and the European Union.
In this context, High Representative Mogherini and President Djukanović discussed Montenegro's commitment to implement the reform agenda, in particular the fight against corruption, and to protect fundamental rights such as media freedom. Montenegro is also a committed security partner with a strong regional role, showcasing its clear EU choice in terms of strategic direction and shared values. The High Representative commended the country's full alignment with the EU's foreign policy positions and its strong commitment to regional stability, demonstrated consistently in its relations with neighbours.