The first meeting of the Accession Conference with Montenegro was held today in Brussels and included a provisional agreement in the field of education and culture. The European Union delegation was led by Ambassador Rory Montgomery, Ireland's Permanent Representative to the EU and the Montenegrin delegation was led by Ambassador Andrija Pejović, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on Accession of Montenegro to the EU.
As Ambassador Rory Montgomery stated: “The Irish Presidency is delighted to have opened and provisionally closed Chapter 26 on Education and Culture with Montenegro today, the second chapter to have been opened and provisionally closed since Montenegro began its negotiations in June 2012.” And added:“This event is a positive reflection of the effort that Montenegro has been putting into the process. We expect to see this work continuing and intensifying, particularly in areas of core importance to the process, especially the chapters on judiciary and fundamental rights, and justice, freedom and security. Montenegro also has vital work to do to tackle rule of law issues in the country. We will work to achieve further progress in the negotiations during the remainder of our term.”
The EU discussed with Montenegro the chapter regarding education and culture, which includes programmes such as Erasmus Mundus, Tempus and Youth in Action and the future Creative Europe. The EU found that no further negotiations are needed since Montenegro has a good general level of preparedness in the field.
In addition, the EU committed to monitor education and culture, with a view to ensuring Montenegro's administrative capacity and its ability to manage the EU programmes in this field.
The next Accession Conference is scheduled for June.