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The Working Party for the Accession of Montenegro to the WTO held on
4 October 2005 its first meeting, under the chairmanship of Slovenia’s
ambassador to the WTO, Mr. Aljaz Gosnar, with an initial examination of the
Foreign Trade regime on the basis of abundant documentation supplied by
Montenegro. The delegation of Montenegro was lead by Mrs Gordana Djurovic,
Minister of International Economic Relations and Economic Integration, and
the Republic’s chief negotiator for WTO accession.
Montenegro has submitted already an initial offer on services In his opening
remarks, the chairman said that meeting the requirements of WTO accession
will be “a challenging task for Montenegro”. But he also said that the
Government is rising to the challenge “with admirable energy and
determination”. He stressed the importance for Montenegro to submit in
advance of next meeting a full fledged legislative action plan for further
assessment by the Working Party of Montenegro’s compliance with WTO
The Minister of International Economic Relations said that the meeting
marked “an important step in Montenegro’s transition to a fully free-market
and free-trade oriented economy”. She also said that completing accession to
the WTO is “one of the very highest priorities of the Government of
Montenegro and we intend to accomplish it in the shortest possible time”.
The Republic of Montenegro is one of two member states of the State Union of
Serbia and Montenegro and is applying for membership as a “separate customs
territory” of this Union, as is also the Republic of Serbia.