During a phone call with the PM, Hahn expressed his respect for Djukanovic’s decision not to be a candidate for the prime minister, but also the hope that they will continue cooperation, asking him to continue to foster Montenegro in the EU accession process.
He particularly emphasised the importance of further reform in chapters 23 and 24, ie a credible balance of implementation results, which is vital for the country’s further progress in the negotiations and strengthening the necessary support from the EU member states.
Commissioner Hahn expressed his full confidence that Montenegro would continue to follow its strategic choice and to make further strides on the Euro-Atlantic path.
Djukanovic thanked for the congratulations, assessing that the electoral race was very difficult. He added that after this valuable victory, Montenegro would definitely remain on the European track.
According to him, this raises the possibility for Montenegro to continue playing a positive role in the promotion of European values in the Balkans, as neighbours and international partners expect from the country.
The PM explained his decision not to be candidate for the next term, thanked for understanding and expressed readiness for further contacts.
He pointed out that in a new capacity he would provide maximum support to achieving Montenegro’s strategic goals.
Djukanovic agreed with Hahn’s position on the importance of Chapters 23 and 24 for the negotiating process and expressed the belief that the new government would be fully focused on reforms and strengthening the rule of law.