Montenegro: no progress in past two years, EU envoy

Lajcak, country has stopped on European path

01 June, 18:54

    Miroslav Lajcak, the EU representative for the western Balkans Miroslav Lajcak, the EU representative for the western Balkans

    BELGRADE - Montenegro is the country that has made more progress towards EU membership but such process has stopped and no further progress has been recorded over the past two years, said Miroslav Lajcak, the EU representative for the western Balkans. He urged authorities in Podgorica to show more commitment for the country's European future.

    "During my visit to the country last year I spoke about the feelings in Brussels and that Montenegro had disappeared. The previous government had good intentions and valid documents, but there was no concrete action. Montenegro was not seen nor heard in Brussels", Lajcak told Montenegro's news agency Mina. The Slovakian diplomat said EU adhesion is not obtained with inaction, speaking instead of progress made by Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia. "No other country in the region is in front of Montenegro, which has however lost its dynamism, dealing more with itself than with its European path", noted Lajcak.

    "Time has been lost and it is now necessary to recuperate", he stated, adding that Podgorica has opened the last negotiating chapter with the EU in June 2020.

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