interview 03 Oct 16

Brexit Will Not Hurt Balkans’ EU Prospects, Ambassador

Montenegro's chief negotiator with Brussels, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, tells BIRN that Britain’s exit from the EU will not slow the region’s own path towards membership.

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Montenegro’s chief negotiator with the EU Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic. Photo: Courtesy of Ambassador Pejovic.

Montenegro’s chief negotiator with the EU, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, told BIRN in an interview that European Union policy towards the Western Balkans had not changed as a result of Britain’s June 23 vote to leave the club.

“The progress of [Balkan] candidate countries towards [EU] membership … was confirmed at the July summit in Paris, part of the Berlin process, as well as during the intergovernmental conference, under which Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey have continued opening new chapters in their EU negotiations,” Pejovic explained.

He said that support from Brussels for enlargement remained clear and had been repeated from all the important addresses.

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