Tuesday 16 December 2008

Montenegro wants to join EU

There we go: News services report that Montenegro wants to join the European Union.

"The commission says the country is still lagging behind in many fields and EU membership is not expected to occur in the very near future."
But since the Czech EU-Council presidency seems to be interested to speed up the accession process for the Western Balkan states, Montenegro could get the candidate status during next year.

Nevertheless, when you look at the georaphic position of Montenegro, it won't get into the Union before its main neighbours, no matter how quick it pursues its reforms. An EU peninsula Montenegra (assuming that Croatia joins the EU) will not be approved by the Council, and so Montenegro will most probably have to wait for Serbia and/or Bosnia to get ready anyway.