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Author: Ana Vujošević
Publishing year: 2016.
The analysis “Working groups for the preparation and conduct of negotiations with the EU – importance, role and position of members” aims to contribute to the assessment of quality of this process and further improve the efficiency and effectiveness of work of negotiating structure by focusing on working groups, which are an integral part of negotiating structure. Thus the analysis is being done prior to fourth anniversary since Montenegro opened the negotiations with the European Union.
Full membership of Montenegro in the EU presents one of its most important strategic objectives, which enjoys a high level of political concordance, as well as the support of Montenegrin citizens.
Montenegro opened this process by signing the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in 2007, and gained the status of candidate based on the decision of European Council in 2012. Accession negotiations officially began on 29 June 2012. By December 2015, Montenegro opened 22 chapters, out of which two are closed provisionally.
In order to prepare for the opening of negotiations, Government of Montenegro in December 2011 appointed the Chief negotiator to conduct the negotiations with the EU, and in February 2012 it passed the Decision on the establishment of negotiation structure for the accession of Montenegro into European Union, which envisaged an important role for working groups during the preparation and conduct of negotiations with the EU.