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GGI Briefing Paper: Montenegro’s Accession to the EU


GGI Briefing Paper: Montenegro's Accession to the EU: Taking Stock and Suggesting Areas for Progress

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August 2012

With the opening of the EU accession negotiations at the end of June 2012, Montenegro has been awarded with recognition of making progress in the past years and endorsing its political dedication to become an EU member. As a candidate state and a relatively young country at the international stage, Montenegro is particularly devoted to joining the Union. In order to fulfill the EU membership criteria, Montenegro is focusing on matching the political and economic criteria set by the EU, implementing the acquis communautaire (the EU legislation), and endorsing the EU principles of: democracy, the rule of law, respect for human rights and protection for minority groups, as well as economic criteria. Nevertheless, Montenegro is still facing obstacles in reform implementation, the most challenging being public administration reform, reforming the judicial system and strengthening the rule of law, protecting minority rights, enhancing media freedom and fighting corruption and organized crime.

The Global Governance Institute has identified three major challenges obstructing Montenegro’s path to EU membership: protection of women’s rights, overcoming regional differences and reforming the judicial system.

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