Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Gordana Djurovic Map of Europe at Podgorica airport

Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Gordana Djurovic – Map of Europe at Podgorica airport

September 2007

Montenegro and the EU

Montenegro declared independence on 3 June 2006. On 12 June, the European Union recognised the Republic of Montenegro as a "sovereign, independent state". By 24 July 2006, it had adopted a negotiating mandate for a Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) with Montenegro.

Montenegro is now making steady progress through the EU pre-accession process. SAA negotiation were launched on 26 September 2006, and the technical part completed on 1 December 2006. The Agreement is concluded, and should be signed later in 2007.

The European Commission's first Progress Report for Montenegro (earlier reports covered Montenegro together with Serbia) was issued in November 2006. The European Council has now also adopted the first European Partnership with Montenegro, setting out the reform priorities on Montenegro's way towards EU membership.

European assistance to Montenegro increased from €19.5 million in 2006 under the CARDS programme to some €32 million annually under the new Instrument for Pre-Accession (IPA). For the detailed budget allocations for 2007-2009, see the Multi-Annual Indicative Financial Framework 2007-2009. For earlier allocations under CARDS from 2000-2006 see CARDS statistics 2000-2006.


Background Documents:

EU assistance:

Montenegro and the EU
Return to Europe film
ESI Montenegro reports
Montenegro picture stories
Background information
Literary walk
We thank the Montenegrin daily Vijesti for access to their photo archive.