Council of EU welcomes start of accession negotiations with Montenegro.

By bne IntelliNews December 13, 2012
The European Union's General Affairs Council welcomed the start of the accession negotiations with Montenegro in June 2012 and the process of screening of individual negotiating chapters, the Council said in its conclusions from the meeting held on December 11, 2012. It pointed out that the country achieved progress in the past year, especially in the areas of strengthening the functioning of the parliament, the judiciary, anti-corruption policy, human rights and the protection of rights of minorities. It also noted the progress in ongoing constitutional and public administration reforms. Montenegro continued to implement its obligations under the Stabilisation and Association Agreement smoothly, as well as to play a constructive role in the region. The Council advised the country to continue its progress and to concentrate on the further development of a solid track record in the area of rule of law by implementation of sustainable and lasting reforms, especially in respect to organised crime and corruption cases.
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