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This page gathers key information on Montenegro's negotiations to join the WTO.  Montenegro became the 154th WTO member on 29 April 2012.

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WTO accession process in brief



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Montenegro's Timeline

I. Overview
Application received 23/12/2004  WT/ACC/CGR/1
Accession Working Party established 15/02/2005  WT/GC/M/92
Terms of reference & accession Working Party membership  23/02/05  WT/ACC/CGR/2  + ( revisions)
Chairperson of the Accession Working Party     
2nd 02/2006 - 12/2011 Ambassador Andrej LOGAR (Slovenia)
1st 05/2005 - 02/2006 Ambassador Alja˛ GOSNAR (Slovenia)
Formal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening notice/fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation Statement(s) by Working Party members Delegation list Other documents for the meeting News item
1st 04/10/2005 News item
2nd 05/07/2006
3rd 27/02/2007
4th 19/07/2007
5th 28/02/2008
6th 18/07/2008
7th 07/11/2008
8th 05/12/2011 News item
Informal Meetings of the Working Party Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
Plurilateral Meetings Date of the meeting Convening fax Statement(s) by the Head of the Delegation
II. Multilateral Negotiations
Memorandum on the Foreign Trade Regime (MFTR)  08/03/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/3 (+  addendum)
Initial cycle(s) of Questions and Replies, following the circulation of the MFTR 18/08/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/7
15/09/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/8
30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/10
30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/16
14/12/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/17
23/05/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/23
06/06/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/24
Factual Summary of Points Raised  02/07/2007
Additional Questions & Replies 16/07/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/24/Add.3
25/01/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/27
25/01/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/27/Add.1
02/06/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/28
17/06/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/28/Add.2
17/10/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/30
Elements of a Draft Report of the Working Party 
Draft Report of the Working Party  05/02/2008  WT/ACC/SPEC/CGR/4  (+  revisions & addendum)
Agriculture (WT/ACC/22/Add.1), including Questions and Replies  19/04/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/CGR/1  (+  revisions & addenda)
SPS Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 15/02/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/19  (+  revision)
TBT Checklist (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 16/02/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/20
TRIPS Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/14
Import Licensing Procedures Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions 15/02/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/18  (+  revision)
Customs Valuation Checklist (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
State-Trading Questionnaire (WT/ACC/22 + revisions
Draft Subsidies Notification (WT/ACC/22/Add.2 30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/15  (+  addenda)
Comprehensive Legislative Action Plan (LAP)  30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/12  (+  revisions)
Rule-specific Action Plans  16/02/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/26 (IP-specific)
Legislation and implementing regulations    Click for details Legislation notice Notified legislation
08/03/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/3/Add.2
08/06/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/5
02/08/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/6
17/08/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/6/Add.1
  •  Applied Tariff Rates of the Republic of Montenegro (HS 1996)
  •  Draft Law on Customs Tariff - Applied Tariff Rates of the Republic of Montenegro (HS 2002).
05/10/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/9
30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/11
14/12/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/17/Add.1
27/02/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/17/Add.2
15/02/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/22
23/05/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/23/Add.1
05/06/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/24/Add.1
16/07/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/24/Add.2
25/01/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/27/Add.2
20/02/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/27/Add.3
02/06/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/28/Add.1
17/06/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/28/Add.3
17/10/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/30/Add.1
21/10/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/30/Add.2
25/11/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/31
18/11/2011  WT/ACC/CGR/32
21/11/2011  WT/ACC/CGR/33
23/11/2011  WT/ACC/CGR/35
25/11/2011  WT/ACC/CGR/36
28/11/2011  WT/ACC/CGR/37
Consultation documents    Click for details Consultation notice Notified consultation document
18/04/2005  WT/ACC/CGR/4  (+  corrigendum)  Information on Policy Measures Affecting Trade in Services
30/05/2006  WT/ACC/CGR/13  Privatization report
10/07/2007  WT/ACC/CGR/25  Checklist of documents
19/06/2008  WT/ACC/CGR/29  Implementation and Administration of the Agreements on Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT)
21/11/2011  WT/ACC/CGR/34
  •  Communication from Montenegro - Letter from the Minister of Economy of Montenegro, H.E. Dr. Vladimir Kavaric
III. Bilateral Market Access Negotiations 
Goods Offer(s)  12/06/2006  WT/ACC/SPEC/CGR/3  (+  revisions)
Services Offer(s)  01/07/2005  WT/ACC/SPEC/CGR/2  (+  revisions & corrigenda)
Register of Bilateral Market Access Agreements 
Draft Goods Schedule  11/12/2008  WT/ACC/SPEC/CGR/6 (File 1, File 2)  (+  revisions & corrigendum)
Draft Services Schedule  10/12/2008  WT/ACC/SPEC/CGR/5  (+  revisions & corrigendum)
Goods and Services Technical Verification Meetings 
IV. Summary of Final Meeting of the Working Party
V. Accession Package (“Terms of Accession”, de-restricted) 
Ministerial Conference/General Council Decision on the Accession 17/12/2011  WT/L/841; WT/MIN(11)/28  News item
Protocol of Accession  17/12/2011  WT/L/841; WT/MIN(11)/28
Report of the Working Party 05/12/2011

 WT/ACC/CGR/38; WT/MIN(11)/7

Goods Schedule (Schedule of Concessions and Commitments Annexed to the GATT 1994)  05/12/2011

 WT/ACC/CGR/38/Add.1; WT/MIN(11)/7/Add.1 (File 1); (File 2)

Services Schedule (Schedule of Specific Commitments Annexed to the GATS)  05/12/2011

 WT/ACC/CGR/38/Add.2; WT/MIN(11)/7/Add.2

VI. Accessions Commitments Database (ACDB) 
Specific Accession Commitments click on “Report by Member”, select “Montenegro” in drop down list then click on “View Report”
VII. Instrument of Acceptance 
Notification of Acceptance and Entry Into Force of the Protocol of Accession 30/03/2012  WT/LET/849
VIII. Date of Membership
  29/04/2012 154th Member  News item
IX. Since 1995, this is the…
26th economy that joined the WTO pursuant to Article XII of the Marrakesh Agreement.

The de-restriction of documents is a key component of the transparency obligations of the Multilateral Trading System.  Paragraphs 1 and 2(e) of the Ministerial Council Decision WT/L/452 of 14 May 2002 provide that “documents relating to working parties on accession shall be restricted and shall be automatically de-restricted upon the adoption of the report of the working party” by the Ministerial Conference/General Council.  The time of completion of the de-restriction process depends on the amount and complexities of the documents involved.  Prior to 2002, the de-restriction of accession-related documents was governed by a different set of rules (i.e. General Council Decision WT/L/160/Rev.1 of 26 July 1996), which only affect documents circulated prior to 2002.