European Western Balkans

The regatta principle is the best solution

Montenegro continues to negotiate about the Chapters 23 and 24 with the European Commission

PODGORICA –  Existence of a consensus between the government and the opposition was an important step on the road to EU membership, said the Ambassador of Slovenia to Montenegro, Mitja Mocnik

“Parliament must work, because there are laws that will require a two-thirds majority, such as electoral legislation, ownership relations and constitutional amendments,” Mocnik said  during the panel “The current political moment in Europe: The prospect of a continuation of the EU enlargement to the countries of the region”

Commenting on the new EU Enlargement Strategy, recently announced by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, according to which access to new members cannot be expected before 2025, the Slovenian ambassador said that Montenegro is progressing “faster than Junker noted as the year of enlargement”. He added that the statement was a kind of precedent.

 “The Commission has never had the authority to publically talk about dates, since it is primarily the competence of the Council of the European Union, or consensus among the member states,” Mocnik said.

He also suggested understanding Junker’s speech as an incentive for Montenegro. He added that his country would continue to advocate for the regatta principle in the enlargement.

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