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Challenges of Montenegro in the Field of State Aid

How to Comply with the Requirements of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement and Open EU Accession Negotiations in the Chapter for Competition?

Daiga Lagzdina, Šefika Kurtagic

Montenegro is one of the Balkan countries currently negotiating EU Membership. Accession negotiations with Montenegro started in June 2012 and in total 20 chapters out of overall 33 negotiation chapters have been opened for negotiations, among which 2 chapters were already provisionally closed by May 2015. The paper is particularly concentrating on the negotiation status as regards the chapter for competition policy and looking at Montenegro's challenges firstly to fulfil all criteria arising from the Stabilisation and Association Agreement (SAA) in the field of State aid and secondly to reach benchmarks defined in the Screening report' from June 2013 to open the Competition chapter for accession negotiations.
Keywords: Notion of State Aid, Accession Negotiations, Procedures, General Issues, Existing Aid v New Aid, Compatibility Assessment, Administrative Capacity

Daiga Lagzdina, Team-leader of the EU funded project ‘Strengthening Capacities for State Aid Management in Montenegro’ (SAM Project), Advisor, State Aid Control Department, Ministry of Finance, Latvia; Šefika Kurtagic, Head of State Aid Unit, Ministry of Finance, Montenegro. Responsibility for the views expressed lies entirely with the authors.


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