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EU leaders today agreed to make Montenegro a formal candidate for membership of the EU. At a two-day summit in Brussels that ended today, EU leaders backed a recommendation made by the European Commission last month to grant candidate status to Montenegro. However, no date for the opening of membership talks has been set, a… » read more

(Waz.EUObserver) The European Parliament will call on member states to grant Montenegro the status of EU candidate country without delay, in a resolution on Thursday (2 December) which will support the European Commission’s recommendations to the council. The deputies will express regret, however, about the recommendation to separate candidate status from the right to open… » read more

European Commission has granted Montenegro a ”candidate status” for membership in the European Union. As a candidate state, Montenegro is now eligable to begin accession talks with the EU. Commissioner for EU Enlargement Stefan Fuele noted that accession talks will start “when the country meets the necessary political conditions set out by the Copenhagen Criteria,… » read more

October 19th 2010: European Council President Herman Van Rompuy officially visited Montenegro for the first time where he met with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, President Filip Vujanovic and Parliament President Ranko Krivokapic. He discussed with Montenegrin officials about cooperation, reforms in Montenegro, the forthcoming European Commission opinion on Montenegro, EU membership and other regional matters.… » read more

Montenegro expects to get European Union candidate status in November. Despite that, many big problems remain unsolved and severl EU officials warned that Montenegro must make stronger efforts to solve issues of corruption, organized crime and independent judiciary system. Also, there are growing expectations that current Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic will leave the politics… » read more

June 9th/10th 2010 Prime Minister of Montenegro – Milo Djukanovic met with President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy. Preliminary remarks by Herman Van Rompuy can be seen on EC video below. http://vimeo.com/12432439 After his meeting with Mr Rompuy, Prime Minister of Montenegro met with President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barosso. Mr… » read more

The Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) between the European Union and Montenegro signed in October 2007 entered into force on 1 May 2010. This will hopefully take the country another step forward on the road to European integration. European Commissioner for Enlargement – Mr Stefan Füle, stated that “this marks the beginning of a new… » read more

The unsatisfactory security situation in Montenegro and the inefficiency of state and its institutions in the fight against organised crime were once again pointed out by many foreign media. Magazine Economist wrote about „Balkan imbroglio“ and stated that drug-smuggling episode is creating new tensions in the Balkan region. Late last year, in an operation dubbed… » read more

Commissioner Füele congratulates Montenegro on the good results achieved in the integration process during 2009 and for a good start to 2010 The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Füle visited Podgorica in March 2010. He met with officials from Montenegrin Government as well as with leaders of civil society organisations. Commissioner… » read more

Montenegro: NATO’s next member? Foreign Policy magazine published an article about Montenegrin bid to join NATO, and interviewed Prime Minister of Montenegro- Mr Milo Djukanovic. Here are excerpts from the story: Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic is a fascinating man. After rising to prominence at an early age as an ally of Slobodan Milosevic, Djukanovic… » read more

Montenegrin Police has confirmed that Mr Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in Montenegro on March 13th 2010, with his private airplane from Dubai. Police stated that “Mr Shinawatra is a holder of Montenegrin passport and he currently resides in Montenegro”. Hundreds of thousands of anti-government protesters have once again assembled in Thailand’s capital to give support to… » read more

Last few weeks have shown the real face of Montenegrin political system once again. Opposition leader Mr Nebojsa Medojevic was attacked on the street because he publicly spoke about top crime boss in Montenegro, whom he accused to have power over Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic. The police arrested the perpetrator, who is said to be… » read more

Governments of Montenegro and Italy will launch an investment project worth EUR 720mn – an underwater electric transmission line. Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic visited Rome (February 6th 2010) and discussed with his Italian colleague Silvio Berlusconi about wide array of issues. Italian delegation headed by prime minister Berlusconi emphasized that Italy now becomes the no… » read more

February 3, 2010. – Montenegrin officials rejected an estimate by the International Monetary Fund that its economy experienced the deepest recession in the Balkans and contracted by 7 percent. Deputy Prime Minister Vujica Lazovic told to journalists that ”all data show that the fall (of gross domestic product) was not so much.” Official estimation by… » read more

Chief of Montenegrin Mission to the EU – Mrs Slavica Milacic stated that “Montenegro could obtain a status of ”candidate country” for membership in the European Union, until the end of 2010.” In her interview to daily newspapre ”Vijesti” (January 31st 2010), she expressed satisfaction with the progress made by Montenegro in the past three… » read more

Many countries in Europe have dark and bright moments in history. Dark periods are marked by either tyranny, totalitarism or wars, while bright periods usually refer to revolutions, ideas of progress and prosperity, anti-war movements and prominent people who organized it. In recent European history, almost all Eastern countries experienced shifts of political systems and… » read more

WASHINGTON – During his three-day visit, Montenegrin PM Milo Djukanovic will meet U.S. Vice-President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It is believed that one of the main themes to discuss will be Montenegro’s bid to join NATO, and U.S. support in that matter. However, medias pointed out that vast majority of Montenegrin… » read more

On January 16th, Montenegro announced that it has established diplomatic relations with Kosovo. The government statement points out: “the ties were established through the exchange letters of the Foreign Ministers of the two countries.” However, the countries willl still not exchange ambassadors. Montenegro demands recognition of Montenegrin minority on Kosovo. President of Montenegro, Filip Vujanovic,… » read more

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