After carefully analyzing the current level of preparedness of Montenegro in connection with the opening of negotiations, Chapter 14 and 15 relating to transport policy and energy negotiations have been officially opened. According to the EU,  now Montenegro needs to continue and to make progress in the alignment with the acquis and its implementation in these chapters in order to fulfill temporary closure of the chapters.

Regarding these two chapters, the Union has closely examined Montenegro’s present state of preparations. On the understanding that Montenegro has to continue to make progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis in these chapters, the EU noted that there are benchmarks that need to be met for provisional closure of these chapters. In addition, the EU underlined that it would devote particular attention to monitoring all specific issues mentioned in its common positions and monitor the progress in the alignment with and implementation of the acquis throughout the negotiations.

In general, Montenegro aligns with the EU acquis concerning road charging, social acquis in road transport, new rules on weights and dimensions of heavy goods vehicles and vehicles transporting passengers as well as the common rules for access to the profession of road transport operator, to the international road haulage market and to the international market for coach and bus services.

Regarding the other chapter, Montenegro completes legal alignment with the acquis as regards mandatory oil stocks, establishes its administrative structure to manage oil stocks, and has begun to constitute actual stocks, in line with Montenegro’s own Action Plan. The country also aligns with the acquis on the internal energy market, including  energy utilities in line with one of the models in the acquis and in summary with the acquis on energy efficiency.