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Brussels, 8 September 2011

Commissioner Füle welcomes agreement reached on the Education Law in Montenegro

Stefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, welcomed the news from Podgorica that today the governing coalition has reached a political agreement with the three opposition parties – SNP, PzP, NOVA - on the implementation of the education law as regards the language denomination.

Commissioner Füle praised the role of the Prime Minister, the Parliament Speaker and the leaders of SNP, PzP, NOVA for their tireless efforts to find a compromise solution and commitment to the country's EU bid. "I hope that the agreement reached today will pave the way for a prompt adoption of the election law, which is part of the key priorities and therefore one of the conditions to be met by Montenegro in view of opening EU accession negotiations", stated the Commissioner.

Commissioner Füle welcomed all efforts deployed so far to fulfil the key priorities set out in the Commission's Opinion and to find consensual solutions to delicate issues. "Montenegro's commitment to European integration and political consensus on the EU agenda are strong assets in its path to membership", stated Commissioner Füle, who also recalled that the work is not finished yet. "Reforms have to be pursued with determination, to the benefit of every citizen in Montenegro. I am positive that with the determination of its people, Montenegro will continue to make steady progress towards the European Union."

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