July 25, 2013

Brdo near Kranj Summit - The Interest of the Western Balkans Lies in the EU
On the margins of the summit of the Heads of States of the region, which was held today in Brdo near Kranj, President Vujanović had meetings and a working lunch with the Presidents participants at the Summit.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić was in the delegation along with President Vujanović.

After the completion of the Summit, President Vujanović made a statement to the press, in which he expressed his satisfaction with a new initiative launched by Slovenia and Croatia.

He believes that it is useful that they be the initiators of a new contact between the European Union and the Western Balkans, and to encourage the interest of the Western Balkans that lies in the European Union through the communication in which other senior EU officials would take part. Montenegro views this interest in three directions. Concerning the acceleration of the European Union enlargement process and encouragement to aspirant countries to continue and intensify their activities with a view to accession. With regard to regional cooperation through regional projects that the EU could support and financial encouragement and support through funds and banks. And last, but not the least, that the EU provides support in the resolution of open issues that exist in the Western Balkans, said the President. He said that the summit was a great success and that discussions at the working lunch have been constructive and important. All three goals that have been set in this process will be further implemented at the new meetings. The next one will be in Zagreb, including the participation of a senior EU official or a President of an EU Member State. Here we had the pleasure to have as a participant the President of France Francois Hollande who stated the position of France and the EU in relation to all three topics, giving a justification for such an initiative.

The President pointed out that he had a bilateral meeting with the President Hollande, a very cordial and constructive one, asserting the traditional friendship between Montenegro and France. France is a significant partner of Montenegro in European and Euro-Atlantic integration processes. It was an opportunity to express gratitude for the support and assistance. But also an opportunity to convey the interest of Montenegro in a stronger relationship with France and the French presence in the sphere of economy and the need for French companies in Montenegro through investments and economic partnerships, said the President. He stated that they had agreed to work on it actively through the ministries and to do everything it takes to make the French capital more present in Montenegro.

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