“The enlargement of the European Union to the Western Balkans and the linking of the countries of the region is a priority of the Bulgarian EU presidency, and the officials agreed that Montenegro as the leader of the integration process is an excellent example of achieving standards on the road towards the EU, it was assessed during the visit of Minister of European Affairs of Montenegro Aleksandar Andrija Pejović to Sofia.

At the meeting with Minister for the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU Lilyana Pavlova, Pejović thanked for Bulgaria’s support to Montenegro’s progress in the negotiating process. He stressed that restoring enlargement policy among the priorities of EU presidency represents a significant contribution to intensifying the reform processes in the Western Balkan countries.

Minister Pejović informed his interlocutor with Montenegro’s intention to continue with the good negotiations dynamics during the Bulgarian EU presidency and to open the remaining three chapters in the negotiating process during this year. In that context, he underlined the Government’s strong commitment and determination to finalise the commitments undertaken, pointing out that the fundamental reforms and the quality of preparations for the membership are more important than the speed of accession to the Union.” (European Western Balkans)