“Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic has said he expects to open two new negotiating chapters on justice and the judiciary early this year to further Montenegro’s bid to join the European Union.

Markovic made his remarks at a joint press conference on February 27 with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who was visiting Podgorica. Juncker said Montenegro had already demonstrated a devotion to common European values that is worthy of admiration.

The EU recently drafted a new expansion strategy that envisages Montenegro and Serbia joining the bloc by 2025.

‘The key thing is that we are absolutely devoted to values of the union,’ Markovic said. ‘We don’t have a doubt about that, as much as we don’t have a doubt that there is no alternative for a European future,’ he said.”