On June 27, 2019, the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union headed the EU delegation at the 10th meeting of the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council, on behalf of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
The meeting was a timely opportunity to review the state of the EU-Montenegro relations, both from the angle of Montenegro’s status as a candidate country to the accession to the European Union that has advanced the most in the negotiation process, and with respect to the bilateral relations governed by the Stabilisation and Association Agreement.
In the light of the conclusions adopted at the General Affairs Council of June 18, 2019, the Romanian Council Presidency referred to the EU’s unwavering commitment to the European perspective of the Western Balkans, which was reiterated by the Council on the occasion of the meeting and also consistently supported through the actions and the events organised under Romania’s office.
During the discussions, the Romanian side commended Montenegro – the most advanced candidate country in the negotiation process – for its constant progress towards the accession to the EU. The Council emphasised Montenegro’s constant effort to align to the European acquis as well as the important developments since the last meeting of the Stabilisation and Association Council: the opening of two additional negotiation chapters on the occasion of the Accession Conferences at Ministerial level of June and December 2018, respectively.
At the same time, the Council encouraged Montenegrin authorities to keep working towards a comprehensive reform, considering that sensible results would be essential for stepping up the negotiations for accession, especially in areas such as the rule of law, economic governance and public administration reform, where generating a robust record of progresses remained crucial.
On the same occasion, the Council also welcomed Montenegro’s commitment and its constructive role at the regional level, its excellent cooperation with the EU on foreign policy issues as well as its full alignment with the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy, which demonstrated that it had committed to the European values and strategic orientations as a candidate country.
Romania’s participation, on behalf of the European Union, in the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Council has made it possible to reaffirm, by the end of its office as Council Presidency, the special emphasis placed by the Council Presidency on enlargement, a priority on its agenda, as well as to underline its commitment to stimulating this process through constant dialogue with the partners, thus encouraging and spurring new progresses in the reforms required to make them advance on their pathway to the EU.