Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism
Montenegro submitted its application for EU membership on 15 December 2008. On 23 April 2009 the Council asked the Commission to prepare an Opinion on the country's application. The Commission adopted its Opinion on 9 November 2010.This Opinion covers all aspects of the accession criteria, political, economic and relating to Montenegro's capacity to implement EU law, building on the December 2006 European Council conclusions on a renewed consensus for EU enlargement, and based on rigorous and fair conditionality and the 'own merits' principle.
Montenegro became a candidate country in December 2010. The Commission considers that negotiations for accession to the European Union should be opened with Montenegro once the country has achieved the necessary degree of compliance with the membership criteria. In this regard, the country needs to meet in particular a number of key priorities. In the light of the progress made so far, the Commission recommends that the Council should grant Montenegro the status of candidate country.