Montenegro and negotiations in the Chapter 23 – Judiciary and fundamental rights

In accordance with the EU recommendation from the Spring report on progress achieved in implementing reforms, the European Council should approve opening of negotiation talks between Montenegro and EU in late June. With this decision, the most challenging phase of accession process, which will be opened with most difficult chapters, should begin.

The goal of this analysis is to, based on Croatian experience in the negotiation process in the framework of Chapter 23 and evaluations of the European Commission in Montenegrin progress reports, as well as the dynamics of reforms conducted so far, point at possible obstacles during in negotiating this chapter, and to offer recommendations to overcome them.

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