Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazović said in a speech to the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), in the context of the review of the Draft Resolution 2019-2020 of the European Parliament for Montenegro, the comprehensive debate on the situation in the country and negotiations with The European Union, since the first democratic change of government, the time has come for Montenegro to strengthen ties with the EU by implementing comprehensive reforms. Abazovic noted that, with strong EU support, Montenegro ‘s pro – European future is guaranteed.
A press release from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister states that Abazović underlined that this Government is fully committed to European integration and reminded that this is one of the priorities in its work.
Good neighborly relations in the Western Balkans and EU membership contribute to Montenegro’s overall European aspirations. In this way, he said, Montenegro can protect and nurture its values of a multi-ethnic and tolerant society based on democracy.
As Abazovic noted, the new government will ensure that Montenegro remains a leader in the EU integration process. “The fact that we have opened all 33 negotiation chapters and temporarily closed three also carries the responsibility to continue with an even stronger intensity and to be an example for countries in the region,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
As he mentioned, the new Montenegrin government is not satisfied with the intensity of the negotiations in the last two years and is determined to take substantial steps in that direction.
“Encouragingly encouraging to see the support of the citizens of Montenegro to join the EU, which is at an extremely high level, up to 75%, pushing us to accelerate the process of achieving EU standards and policies.” , said Abazović.
Abazović also spoke in detail about the new government’s work in its first 100 days in office, stressing that it focused mainly on the fight against corruption and organized crime. In this regard, he explained that the activities that contributed to that fight include the establishment of two councils – the National Council for Combating High-Level Corruption and the Voters List Control Council, as well as the detection of abuses of EU Donations and the arrests of officials suspected of corruption and organized crime.
In his presentation, the Deputy Prime Minister also indicated that without the necessary changes in the Prosecutor’s Office, there will be no major progress in the fight against organized crime and corruption. Abazović concluded that it is in Montenegro ‘s interest to adhere to EU procedures in the process of changing the sets of laws on the Prosecution, in order to achieve common progress in the rule of law and judicial reform.