After welcoming Ambassador of Finland to Montenegro, Kimmo Lähdevirta, and wishing him success in his work, Montenegro Prime Minister, Duško Marković, thanked Finland for providing support to Montenegro on its path towards the EU accession, stressing the country’s [Montenegro’s] commitment to pursuing reforms in order to achieve European standards.
The Prime Minister said he is hopeful that during the Finnish presidency, which started yesterday, Montenegro will open the only remaining negotiation chapter and bring to an end the work on reports that will define the internal willingness to close certain negotiation chapters.
Ambassador Lähdevirta informed the Prime Minister about the priorities of the Finnish presidency over the Council of the EU, saying that his country will promote the enlargement policy and that all the Western Balkan countries must have a European perspective. Finland, according to him, advocates for the regatta principle, i.e. the individual assessment of success of each candidate country.