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Montenegro Starts EU Accession Negotiations

On June 29th the EU leaders, among their other quite serious tasks, have managed to give the long-awaited permission Montenegro to start EU accession negotiations 2 years after the country received a candidate status. The decision is perceived in Montenegro as a very important signal to the entire region of the Western Balkans that the enlargement process goes on. euinside separates Montenegro in a special subject where we will follow the accession process of the country closely. We are opening the subject with a few-days long tour in the mountainous country and with several interviews. The European integration process up to the moment of the decision from June 29th you can follow in our subject Western Balkans.

22 March 2014 13:00 Igor Luksic: Security of Journalists in Montenegro Is a Priority

Montenegro is one of the countries where the media environment is quite worrying. This is clear from the European Commission's report on the tiny Balkan country's progress in the accession negotiations with the EU. The report pays special attention on media. Montenegro is one of the countries wh ...

11 November 2013 13:10 The Countries from the Enlargement Process Have Huge Problems with Media Environment

One of the things that immediately draws the attention in the European Commission progress reports for the countries from the enlargement process - those from the Western Balkans and Turkey - is that all of them reveal a very sick media environment. Unless that environment is reformed, media fre ...

14 January 2013 10:46 How Negro Montenegro Is?

Brussels civil servants often get irritated when we, journalists, start making assessments of documents of theirs, especially when it comes to reports on progress toward European membership. Then, most frequently, we resort to assessments like "positive", "good", while national politicians love ...

2 August 2012 08:52 Dritan Abazovic: the First Four Years Will Be Crucial for Montenegro*

The toughest challenge before Montenegro will be depoliticisation of administration and democratisation, the influential political analyst Dritan Abazovic told euinside in Podgorica. He is also one of the founders of the newest political party in the country Positive Montenegro. The party has b ...

29 July 2012 21:38 Alexandar Pejovic: for Montenegro the Process Is Important Not Membership Itself

On June 29th, 2012, the EU leaders endorsed the decision of the General Affairs Council Montenegro to start accession negotiations - 2 years after the country received a candidate status. The stakes are high because Montenegro is famous with its organised crime and corruption and is even descri ...

8 January 2014 12:51 Montenegro - the Great Reform Games Begin

After a decent oiling and a mild repair, the wheel of EU enlargement to the Western Balkans has again started turning and by the end of last year it seemed as if it had reached its full power. The rust has fallen after Serbia has finally been granted the long-awaited date for start of accession ...

21 February 2013 11:33 The Temporary Is Always the Most Permanent

The situation in which Croatia finds itself currently because of unresolved bilateral issues with Slovenia (mainly the dispute about the old deposits in the former Ljubljanska banka) puts into question the timely accession of the country to the EU, scheduled for July 1st 2013. Unlike Bulgaria a ...

23 October 2012 11:01 Montenegro – Towards EU with Milo Djukanovic

Montenegrins are known for several things: its picturesque nature, their famous laziness and ... Milo Djukanovic. Everybody is so used to his over 20 years presence in politics that even some of the devoted have forgotten that he has not been a prime minister of the country for two years. Leavin ...

31 July 2012 16:37 Montenegro Is Divided In Opinion about its European Future*

It's true that Montenegro has a long way to go but it's also true that the country expected for a long time to receive a green light to start walking on that road. This is why it is strange that the society proved unprepared, politicians too, as it becomes clear from my conversation with Dalibo ...

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