As of January 2019, Montenegro has one chapter waiting to be opened. In the previous 6 years, 29 chapters were opened and three provisionally closed. Progress within rule of law chapter will be of vast importance for further progress in the accession negotiations, and finally will impact accession speed for Montenegro.
„There has not been a single sign that Montenegro will have to wait for any other county to access the EU, and we do not expect the situation to change”, stated Montenegro EU Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Drljević in recent interview for RTCG.
Over the past thirty years, the European perspective of the Western Balkans has never been more certain and the Balkans have never been in a better position. Opening the chapters, according to PM of Montenegro Mr. Marković, represents an essential process of changes in the country and society. “Therefore, when working on opening the chapters, we are working on changes in society which lead us to a better perspective. Montenegro is not rushing with the date of its membership. We think it should have been faster, but that does not depend on us” he added.
“The future of the Union is not bound to be at 27,” said the EU HR Federica Mogherini, referring to the number of countries that will be in the EU once Britain leaves in 2019. The 2025 goal was “not a target date, not a deadline”, she said, stressing that countries would only be able to join through merit-based processes that meant strengthening the rule of law and tackling organised crime and corruption.
Since 2007, the EU has invested EUR 700 million in Montenegro, EUR 200 million of which was invested in the infrastructure. Among the six Western Balkan countries in the EU waiting room, only Serbia and Montenegro have started membership talks.
According to the recent public opinion poll conducted by European Delegation to Montenegro, 65% of citizens support accession to the EU and only 23% oppose it. This number is higher among youth, where 74% think positively about it.
In comparison, according to the most recent polling by the Ministry for European Integration, only 55% of Serbian citizens would vote in favor of EU membership. That number is even lower among young people in Serbia, according to the public opinion poll, conducted by European Movement in Serbia. As positive things, people see: movement, freedom, standard of life, the opportunity for a better future, a better life, community, unity and the rule of law.