President of Montenegro Milo Đukanovic received today Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto who is paying an official visit to Montenegro.
President Đukanović expressed satisfaction with the visit of the Finnish Minister during the country’s presidency over the EU Council, which represents an additional sign of encouragement to the region on its path to integration.
If we seriously want to pull the WB out of the backlog, there is no better way than integration, the President said, emphasizing that this is important for the Region, but for the whole Europe as well.
He expressed the hope that the new European structures will continue with the enlargement policy and noted that it’s pretty encouraging that Finland, as the presiding country, recognized the importance of that policy. With an incentive to start negotiations with the countries of the region, Mr Đukanović said that the conditions for the opening of the last chapter of the negotiating agenda of Montenegro were created. In this context, he reiterated that, in line with the EC’s recommendations, we will continue to work hard to improve the rule of law, where we are making serious progress.
Mr Haavisto conveyed the greetings of the Finnish President Niinisto and his positive messages concerning the relations between the two countries and Montenegro as a country with a very good reputation.
Both sides emphasized the importance of frequent political dialogue between the two countries and continued support of Finland at the political and expert level in the process of overcoming challenges while adopting European standards.