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The EU's new approach in negotiations with aspirant countries allows consolidation of neccessary reforms. Montenegrin government has no words against serious allegations of Swedish foreign minister. The violence against media needs to be investigated, Mauer says.
European Commission will be putting negotiations with Montenegro about other chapters on hold, if it assesses that there is not enough progress in the fields covered by the chapters 23 and 24, dealing with the rule of law and fundamental rights, Stefan Fule, the EU's Enlargement Commissioner says.
If Montenego was a centre of money laundering, as Swedish foreign minister Carld Bildt had stated, European and international organizations would mention it in some of their numerous reports, Administartion for Prevention of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism stated.
European Commission will present report about Montenegro's progress in the field of rule of law each six months, Leopold Mauer, the departing EU's ambassador in Montenegro, says. The cases of violence aginst media have to be investigated and their perpetrators prosecuted. This includes the murder of Dusko Jovanovic, director and editor-in-chief of DAN.
Balkan Insight has not verified the facts in the original press reports and cannot vouch for their accuracy.
While the EU accession process has not affected the media’s existential struggle for survival one way or the other, they have made respect for human and minority rights more mainstream.