Abazovic visits Brussels: Topics of corruption, elections and external influence

Abazovic will also meet with Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varheli, European Commission Vice President Vera Jurov and Environment and Fisheries Commissioner Virginius Sinkevicius, and meetings with NATO officials and representatives of the European Parliament have been requested.

Emphasis on topics in the field of rule of law and environmental protection: Dritan Abazović, Photo: Boris Pejović

Montenegrin Deputy Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic will pay his first official visit to Brussels from March 16th to 18th, where he will present the state of negotiations in Montenegro to the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET). The visiting platform was adopted by the government at a session on Thursday.

He will address the Committee regarding the adoption of the Draft Resolution of the European Parliament for Montenegro for 2019 and 2020, whose proposer is the rapporteur for Montenegro in the EP, Tonino Picula.

Voting before AFET is expected in late March or early April, and the adoption of an EP Resolution on Montenegro during the plenary session in May.

The document states that the talks will focus on topics in the field of rule of law and environmental protection, which “will be an opportunity to present with the interlocutors the current situation in these areas in Montenegro and exchange views on future plans and further negotiations and further reform and development path ”.

Abazovic will also meet with Neighborhood and Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varheli, European Commission Vice President Vera Jurov and Environment and Fisheries Commissioner Virginius Sinkevicius, and meetings with NATO officials and representatives of the European Parliament have been requested.

“Meetings with European officials will be an opportunity to reaffirm Montenegro’s clear commitment to further work on rule of law reforms, as the backbone of the negotiation process with the EU, all with the aim of speeding up the negotiation process and more dynamic entry into the next phase – temporary closure. negotiating chapters, ”the government’s platform said.

It is emphasized that the field of environment is in the focus of the EU agenda for the next period, and the talks will be an opportunity to affirm cooperation in this area, on the line of the presented Green Agenda for the Western Balkans, as well as defined activities within the Economic -investment plan.

The draft EP report on Montenegro, released in February, expresses “serious concern” about limited progress in the fight against corruption, and calls on responsible institutions to improve the country’s performance so far in confiscating criminal assets, prosecutions and final verdicts. The report is first voted on at the Foreign Policy Committee and then in plenary when it takes the form of a European Parliament Resolution.

MEPs have submitted more than two hundred amendments to the draft report, including the need for local elections to be held on the same day, the necessary consultations with European partners before amending key laws drafted with the support of the European Commission, and external influences. elections in Montenegro…