Milatović: Montenegro represents a positive example to the candidate countries that the reforms are paying off and that the door to the EU is open

Milatović held a lecture at Johns Hopkins University

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Photo: Office for Public Relations of the President of Montenegro
Photo: Office for Public Relations of the President of Montenegro
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Montenegro represents a positive example to other candidate countries that the reforms are paying off and that the doors of the European Union (EU) are still open.

This was said by the President of Montenegro, Jakov Milatović, at a lecture he held at the Johns Hopkins SAIS University in Washington, according to the Office for Public Relations of the President of Montenegro.

"In his presentation, the President referred to the process of democratic consolidation in the country, but also to key foreign policy priorities. He pointed out the importance of Montenegro's membership in the NATO alliance, in the context of strengthening the international position and improving democracy. The continuation of Montenegro's further development is reflected in the implementation of all necessary reforms, towards full membership in the EU. The country's president assessed that Montenegro can become a full member of the EU by 2028, for which, as he said, it is necessary to maintain focus, so that our country will complete its obligations from the negotiation as soon as possible. In this sense, he emphasized that obtaining IBAR would be an additional impulse on our European path, adding that in achieving this goal, additional involvement of all social factors in the country is necessary. Speaking about democratic progress in Montenegro, he said that change authorities, by introducing a new political culture and decisively opposing corruption and organized crime, an important step has been taken towards establishing the rule of law and strengthening the independence of institutions," the announcement states.

In the broader context of the European future of the Western Balkans, Milatović said that the Growth Plan for the Western Balkans is a clear sign that the European Union is determined when it comes to enlargement, stressing the importance of regional cooperation for the stability and prosperity of the Western Balkans.

"The Johns Hopkins SAIS University is dedicated to the education of future leaders in the field of international relations, economics and politics. The lecture was attended by numerous students, professors and representatives of the diplomatic corps," the announcement concludes.

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