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Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at a meeting with the President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic in late 2006
Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa at a meeting with the President of Montenegro
Filip Vujanovic in late 2006.

Montenegro plans to make a formal application for EU candidacy – in hopes of becoming the third candidate country in the Western Balkans after Croatia and Macedonia. The European Commission will draft a report ("opinion") on Montenegro’s readiness and suitability before the EU's 27 member states can agree whether to offer it candidate status. Given that accession negotiations will take several years, Milo Djukanovic's vision of EU membership will not materialise before the next decade. The EU has repeatedly emphasised that all Balkan states, when ready to do so, can join the EU.

Montenegro is making steady progress in the first stage of the EU pre-accession process. Negotiations for the first basic stage – the Stabilisation and Association Agreement – were concluded in 2007. The agreement was signed in October 2007.

The European Commission's second Progress Report for Montenegro was issued in November 2007.

The European Council, the EU's top political body, has now also adopted the first European Partnership with Montenegro, setting out the reform priorities on Montenegro's way towards EU membership.

European Union assistance to Montenegro increased from 19.5 million in 2006 to some 31 million annually under the EU's new Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA) for the Balkans.

April 2008

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