Tenth meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at Ministerial level

Brussels 11 December 2017 - The tenth meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro at ministerial level was held today in Brussels to open negotiations on Chapter 2 - Freedom of movement for workers, and Chapter 3 - Right of establishment and freedom to provide services.

The European Union delegation was led by Mr Sven Mikser, Minister of Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the Estonian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The European Commission was represented by Mr Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. The Montenegrin delegation was led by Mr Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, Minister of European Affairs.

With today's Conference, out of a total of 35 negotiation chapters, 30 chapters have now been opened for negotiations, 3 of which have already been provisionally closed. Further Accession Conferences will be planned, as appropriate, in order to take the process forward in the first half of 2018. The accession negotiations were launched in June 2012.

Chapters opened:

Regarding the opening of negotiations on Chapter 2 - Freedom of movement for workers and Chapter 3 - Right of establishment and freedom to provide services, the Union has closely examined Montenegro's present state of preparations. On the understanding that Montenegro has to continue to make progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis in these chapters, the EU noted that there are benchmarks that need to be met for provisional closure of these chapters.

In addition, the EU underlined that it would devote particular attention to monitoring all specific issues mentioned in its common positions. Monitoring of progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis will continue throughout the negotiations. The Conference will have to return to these chapters at an appropriate moment.

An official announcement is available here.