Lajčak: The situation in Montenegro is much worse than five years ago


Miroslav Lajčak

The EU’s special representative for the Western Balkans, Miroslav Lajčak, said today in Budva that the situation in Montenegro and the region is “much worse” than five years ago.

He added that this year’s report on the progress of Montenegro will probably be worse than the one from five years ago.

At the 2BS forum, he cited a decline in commitment to European values ​​as the reason for that.

Lajčak assessed that regional cooperation is also worse than then, adding that all indicators show that determination and commitment to reforms that would bring the EU closer are less present today.

“I also bear the responsibility. It’s not about guilt, I’m stating the obvious, this is just an observation,” said Lajčak.

He said that the flywheel in the enlargement policy, which was not present before, is now there and said that the EU is waiting.

As he pointed out, the European political community should not be afraid.

“The war in Ukraine changed many things, the rules, the world architecture. There is one very good thing, and that is that there is an awakening in the EU,” said Lajčak, the portal RTCG reported.

He said that political criteria are as important as technical ones.

“The region is not in a good state, and the EU wants to show that we are serious and we want to show some positive example of the Western Balkans. My sincere advice to the region – let’s think less about what the EU wants, and focus on fulfilling our tasks,” said Lajcak.

He pointed out that membership is not a gift.

“You have to build European standards in the countries, but also solve bilateral issues,” said Lajčak.

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