A Balkan union cannot replace the European Union. No thanks. Our goal is Montenegro as an EU member state. We don’t need any substitute, but we back all the regional initiatives that bring us closer to this goal, said Montenegro’s President Milo Đukanović during the Western Balkans Regional Meeting held in Tirana, Albania, while discussing the ‘mini Schengen’.
“We want to be part of the EU and we’ve been working hard on that for years on end. We are not ready to change the course. Nothing’s staggered us on the road to the EU,” President Đukanović told.
Our goal is #Montenegro as an #EU member state. We do not need any substitute, but we support all regional initiatives that bring us closer to this goal. @avucic @Zoran_Zaev @ediramaal #WesternBalkans pic.twitter.com/ahOUk5TTEM
— Milo Đukanović (@predsjednik_cg) December 21, 2019
He emphasized that Montenegro has been fully committed to the regional cooperation and that the ‘mini-Schengen’ initiative should align with other initiatives as well.
This is an opportunity to boost trust and foster cooperation beneficial for all the countries, added President Đukanović.
“In this way we are strengthening capacities for the EU membership.”
President Đukanović participated at the WB Regional Meeting upon the invitation of Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. The meeting was organized as part of the trilateral initiative by Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia, initiated by Serbia’s President Vučić and PMs Rama and Zaev.