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Prime Minister Đukanović to pay two-day visit to Brussels

Montenegro’s Prime Minister Milo Đukanović will travel to Brussels tomorrow on a two-day visit.

He will meet with top officials of the European Union, namely President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, and High Representative of the European Union and Vice-President of the European Commission Federica Mogherini.

The Prime Minister’s visit to Brussels represents the continuation of regular high-level communication with the EU, and will serve as an opportunity to exchange opinions on the current processes in Montenegro and the dynamics of the accession negotiations, as well as on the developments in the region.

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PM Đukanović to take part in Western Balkans Investment Summit in London

Prime Minister Milo Đukanović will take part Monday in London in the Western Balkans Investment Summit, sponsored by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).

The focus of this year's summit will be at the investment potential and business opportunities in the countries of the Western Balkans, with emphasis on the development of road corridors and renewable energy sources. The Summit will gather prime ministers of the Western Balkan countries, high officials of the United Kingdom, the European Union and the EBRD, potential investors, as well as numerous international experts.

The Prime Minister will speak at the prime ministers’ session, and have a number of bilateral meetings during the Summit.

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Montenegro to open two more negotiating chapters relating to transport policy and energy on Monday

At the Intergovernmental Conference to be held in Brussels on 21 December, Montenegro will open two more chapters in the accession process with the EU. Negotiations will be opened in chapters 14 and 15, relating to “Transport Policy” and “Energy,” respectively.

Chapter 14 – Transport policy covers regulations and standards for safer, more competitive and more economical transport regulated through the field of road transport and road infrastructure, rail transport, air transport, maritime, inland waterways, combined transport and satellite navigation.

Chapter 15 - Energy consists of rules and policies covering competition and state aid, internal energy market, promoting renewable energy, energy efficiency, crisis management and obligations in relation to the security of oil supplies, nuclear energy and nuclear safety and radiation protection.

The opening of the negotiating chapters was preceded by the dedicated work of all institutions in complying with European regulations and practices in these areas. According to the projections of the European Commission, Montenegro has achieved a good level of compliance and administrative capacity necessary for the opening of the negotiations in these areas.

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PM Đukanovć to participate in Western Balkans Summit in Vienna on Thursday

Prime Minister of Montenegro Milo Đukanovć will travel tomorrow to Vienna, where he will participate in the Western Balkans Summit, at the invitation of the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann.

The Vienna Summit will be held in the framework of the Berlin Process, which was initiated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Conference on the Western Balkans in late August 2014 in order to strengthen support to the European perspective, economic development and improved infrastructure links within the region and with EU countries.

The Prime Minister will speak at a panel debate "Economic situation and reform process in the Western Balkans". The main topics of the Summit will be infrastructure and connectivity, regional cooperation, youth, and the refugee challenge.

In addition to the host and heads of government of Western Balkan countries, the Summit will be attended by Chancellor Merkel, prime ministers of Slovenia and Croatia, EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, as well as leaders of international financial institutions.

The prime ministers will adopt the Vienna Summit Declaration which reflects the progress achieved and strong commitment to further efforts in the field of regional cooperation within the framework of the Berlin Process.

During his stay in Vienna, Prime Minister Đukanović will, among others, meet with EU Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy Johannes Hahn and President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Suma Chakrabarti. He will also attend the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Treaty establishing the Energy Community.

Prime Minister Đukanović will be accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić, and Minister of Economy Vladimir Kavarić.

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The Second Sectoral Monitoring Committee for the Operational Programme Regional Development 2012-2013

The second session of the Sectoral Monitoring Committee for the Operational Programme Regional Development 2012-2013 will be take place on Thursday, 11 June 2015, at 9:30 a.m., at the premises of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. The Operational Programme provides a grant amounting to EUR 22,235,679, while the amount of EUR 3,923,947 needs to be provided for national co-financing. The total value of the Operational Programme amounts to EUR 26,169,624.

This is the first time that Montenegro and its citizens will be provided with this form of financial support for implementation of 5 important projects in the area of environmental protection and transport, with regard to the IPA Component III - Regional Development. The project implementation will result in a better standard of living for citizens and the status of environment in Montenegro, in accordance with the national policies and strategies, as well as with the EU policies and standards, which is, also the main objective of the Operational Programme.

The main topics of the Sectoral Monitoring Committee will be: the adoption of the agenda, status of implementation of the projects from the Operational Programme, the annual report on implementation, a briefing note on project funding opportunities and preparation of guidelines for the programme closure, presentation of the Communication Plan for the IPA Component II as well as the briefing note on the system audit process.

The Committee meeting will be attended by representatives of the European Commission, representatives of all institutions involved in IPA Component III in Montenegro, relevant representatives of the authorities and civil society, municipalities, as well as of other parties interested in implementation of the projects as planned by the Operational Programme.

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Prime Minister Đukanović to participate in meeting of heads of government of Western Balkan Six in Brussels

Prime Minister Milo Đukanović will participate Tuesday in the meeting of heads of government of the Western Balkan Six in Brussels, at the invitation of EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn and Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc.

The Prime Minister’s participation will be an opportunity for Montenegro to reiterate its commitment to better infrastructural network that will enhance connectivity within the region and with the EU, increase competitiveness and encourage economic development and employment.

The meeting will pledge continued support for European perspective of the Western Balkan countries in order to achieve more significant progress on their path towards stability, strengthening of good neighbourly relations, and modernisation of the society and economy.

Activities in this area were started at the Kotor’s meeting of 10 July 2014, within the framework of the Stabilisation and Association Process, and continued at the meeting of regional heads of government in Berlin on 28 August 2014, under the auspices of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The meetings recognised the need to undertake joint actions aimed at boosting regional economic cooperation and setting up a solid foundation for sustainable growth, and adopted the Final Declaration for the period 2014 - 2018. High-level meetings in Budva, New York, Pristina and Brussel concerning the same issue followed.

Tomorrow’s meeting at the headquarters of the European Commission is crucial for completing the process at the annual meeting of heads of government and senior representatives of the European Commission scheduled for August 2015 in Vienna, which will confirm the commitment and progress achieved, and finalise unique lists of priority projects expected to be implemented by 2030 and funded through EU instruments, namely the Western Balkans Investment Framework (WBIF), IPA II, etc.

On the sidelines of the meeting in Brussels, Prime Minister Đukanović will meet with representatives of the participating countries.

During his stay in Brussels, Prime Minister Đukanović will also meet with EU High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy Frederica Mogerini.

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Minister Igor Lukšić To Take Part in the World Economic Forum in Davos

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić will be a participant at the World Economic Forum in Davos 19th-24th Janury. 

This year's Meeting is convened under the theme "The New Global Context" and will bring together leaders and officials from 140 countries around the globe.

Deputy Prime Minister will also hold a number of bilateral meetings with other participants.

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