COM - ELARG report: Montenegro ratified Hague
10 October 2012

(should not be mentioned, as is not acquis)

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT MONTENEGRO 2012 PROGRESS REPORT accompanying the document COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL 2.2. Human rights and protection of minorities (See also Chapter 23 – Judiciary and fundamental rights) Observance of international human rights law As regards international human rights instruments, Montenegro signed the third optional protocol to the convention on the rights of the child in February and ratified the Hague Convention on protection of children and cooperation in respect of inter-country adoption in March, to prevent children being sold for adoption. Nevertheless, the Constitution (Article 20) is not yet in line with Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), in relation to safeguarding the right of an effective remedy before the national authorities for violations of rights under the convention. Montenegro has not yet started the ratification process for the Convention on Reduction of Statelessness. Its implementation of international human rights standards needs to be stepped up and the national legislation brought into line. {COM(2012) 600 final}