The three national studies on monitoring and evaluation of the rule of law in Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro reflect on the developments in the areas Political criteria, Chapter 23 and 24 from the European acquis, for the period after the 2015 Countries’ Reports by the European Commission. The purpose of these policy studies is to assess the trends in the areas under analysis in the three countries. The studies are conducted within the framework of the project Monitoring and Evaluation of the Rule of Law in Western Balkans (MERLIN WB), implemented by the European Policy Institute – Skopje in partnership with Institute Alternativa from Montenegro and the Belgrade Center for Security Policy from Serbia and funded by the European Fund for the Balkans. Based on the country studies, a policy paper covering the three countries (Macedonia,Montenegro and Serbia) was produced.