During his visit to Brussels, Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic met with EU High Representative for Security and Foreign Policy and European Commission Vice President Josep Borrell Fontelles.
EU High Representative Borrell said he encouraged Montenegro to continue to achieve good results on its European agenda, especially in the area of rule of law, for the benefit of its citizens. Borrell praised the convincing results that Montenegro is achieving in full continued alignment with the EU’s foreign and security policy positions, and thanked Montenegro for its contribution to the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy missions and operations. . Speaking about co-operation between the EU and the Western Balkans in tackling the coronavirus pandemic, Borrell recalled the Union’s € 70m package for the region, provided by the European Commission to cover the cost of certain doses of vaccines procured by EU member states. . Borrell said the EU remains committed to supporting Montenegro in the fight against the coronavirus. In that sense, he said, last week the European Commission mobilized almost 200,000 euros in additional support in order to contribute to Montenegro’s efforts to protect the health of its citizens.
Abazović stressed that this meeting is an opportunity to reaffirm Montenegro’s clear commitment to work on rule of law reforms as the most important part of the EU negotiation process, with the aim of speeding up the negotiation process and enter the next stage more dynamically; temporarily closing the negotiation chapters.
Referring to the work of the Government in the last 100 days, Abazović said that the Government has shown determination in the fight against crime and corruption, despite the problems with the High and Special State Prosecutions, although, as he said, there have been some changes since its formation. of the new government. In this sense, Abazović stressed the importance of the National Council for the Fight against High-Level Corruption, which monitors and synchronizes the activities of state bodies in the implementation of the fight against high-level corruption.
Abazović and Borrell discussed current developments within the Union, as well as the epidemiological situation in Europe and the world and the measures taken to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Abazović stressed that Montenegro highly appreciates the financial assistance and any other assistance from the EU and its members to repair the consequences caused by the pandemic, as well as the Economic and Investment Plan for the Western Balkans, which was published as part of the Package. last Expansion.