A timeline of key dates for Montenegro's accession into the EU can be found at:

The European Commission periodically publishes an evaluation of Montenegro's progress toward accession. The report includes analysis of the current political and economic status of the country and outlines the areas in which the Montenegrin government needs to focus on reform. Read the Commission's 2009 Progress Report for Montenegro here:

The Commission's opinion on Montenegro's application for EU membership will determine whether or not the European Council will make a decisions on entering into a new agreement with Montenegro called the Accession Partnership, which will change Montenegro's status to a Candidate (rather than a potential candidate), and eventually allow Montenegro to begin negotiations with the EU and gain access to pre-accession funding.

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