The European Commission has decided to add Montenegro to the list of Candidate Countries. In an opinion issued on the 9th of November the Commission stated:
On Montenegro, the Commission concluded that Montenegro is ready to become a candidate country to EU membership, while further reforms are needed in a number of key areas, as set out in the opinion, before the country is ready to start accession negotiations.
Montenegro still has criteria to meet under a few headings, Political Criteria, Economic Criteria and EU Legislation.
Montenegro needs to address the following:
- The effectiveness of anti-discrimination policies,
- Freedom of expression,
- Government relations with civil society
- The situation of displaced persons from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo.
In this area Montenegro needs to
needs to further address internal and external unbalances, as well as weaknesses, notably in the financial sector and the functioning of labour markets. To be able to cope in the medium term with competitive pressure and market forces within the Union, Montenegro needs to continue implementing reforms and reducing structural weaknesses.
In this area Montenegro needs to work on the following areas to align them with EU Legislation and Rules,
- freedom of movement for workers, services and capital,
- public procurement,
- information society and media,
- transport policy,
- economic and monetary policy,
- consumer and Health Protection.
With this, Montenegro joins Croatia, Iceland, FYR Macedonia and Turkey as Candidate Countries.
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