Montenegro to apply for EU membership
Montenegro will begin the process of applying for membership of the European Union on Monday, local media reported Friday, dpa reported.
"Montenegro believes in European ideals" and this decision is the "beginning of most important and demanding phase that precedes the full membership of Montenegro in the European Union, " the government said in a statement.
Montenegro will hand in its application in Paris during the meeting of Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic and French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Montenegro is the last ex-Yugoslav republic which gained independence. The tiny Adriatic republic declared independence from Serbia in June 2006.