September 10, 2012

Sarajevo, President Vujanović with the President of the European Council
In the course of his participation in the World Conference for Peace in Sarajevo the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanović held a meeting with the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy.

During an open and constructive meeting the President of Montenegro stated and emphasized commitment of Montenegro to the European integration, pointing out that parliamentary elections are to be held next month in order to allow to the Government to conduct intensive negotiations for membership in the European Union during the four-year period.

He also expressed his expectation that, apart from negotiations in relation to chapters 23 and 24, which Montenegro is ready to start with immediately and comprehensively, the EU would allow starting negotiations also for the chapter 25, which is related to science and researches and is supposed to be open during Cyprus presiding over the European Union. This EU member state expressed readiness to encourage intensive negotiations in the course of its presiding.

The President of Montenegro reiterated that he expected individual treatment of each state so that integration achievements of each state are evaluated individually on their path towards the EU accession.

The President of the European Council pointed that candidate status received within a short period and opening of negotiations for membership was a proof that the EU was open for accession of Montenegro and ready to evaluate individual achievements of each state in achieving the standards.

He pointed out the same each time he met with any of Montenegrin officials, encouraging the intensity of accession negotiations, and on this occasion he emphasized his belief that following Croatia, Montenegro would be the first new EU member state.

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