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Response of the Ministry of European Affairs: Montenegro belongs in the EU

With a view to objectively and accurately informing the public regarding the reactions caused by the interpretation of the views of the Minister Pejović presented during the talk show Živa istina (Whole Truth) on TV Prva, the Ministry of European Affairs wishes to inform of the following:

While taking part in Živa istina, in one segment of the show, the Minister of European Affairs Aleksandar Andrija Pejović spoke about the influence of third powers in the Western Balkans and about the need for greater presence and engagement of the EU in the region.

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MEA publishes the non-paper for Chapters 23 and 24

The Ministry of European Affairs, with the consent of the European Commission, published the Non-paper of the European Commission on the state of play in Chapters 233 and 24, with the aim of providing quality and comprehensive information to the public regarding the process of accession of Montenegro to the EU.

By publishing this document that provides the overview of the situation in the areas of reform of the judiciary, fight against corruption, human rights, police cooperation, and fight against organised crime, the Government continues to demonstrate a transparent and proactive approach in conducting the negotiating process, and the intention to share with the public its results and intensify the dialogue concerning the current and imminent challenges and commitments in the area of the rule of law.

The document can be downloaded here.

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EU-funded prize for cross-border cooperation research papers

The EU-funded multi-beneficiary project ‘Cross-Border Institution Building (CBIB+) Phase II’ will publish a contest to award three prizes for research papers in relation to the cross-border cooperation programmes between beneficiary countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo1*, Montenegro and Serbia), financed under the Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (2007-2013 IPA).

In addition to the prize, the three best research papers will be published, on the CBIB+ Phase II project expenses, in a scientific journal in the contestant’s country of establishment and the authors of the papers will be invited to participate in a CBC Regional Consultative Forum, where they will present their research findings.

The rules of contest, application form and all the information regarding this competition will be published on 22 July 2016 on the following website: http://www.cbibplus.eu/news-and- events.

Contestants will have at least 6 months to submit research papers from the date of publication of the rules of contest. Contestants will also have a possibility to address questions or request additional information on the contest via the email address indicated in the rules of contest.

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Deadline prolongation for finalization and submission of project proposals

In accordance with Guidelines for Applicants for the 1st Call for Proposals of Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro 2014-2020, due to the minor technical difficulties in eMS system, Managing Authority extends the deadline for finalization and submission of project proposals until 15 June 2016, 15:00 h. Please note that creation of new project proposals will not be possible from Friday 10 June 2016, 15:00h.

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Montenegro will be your small but consistent and reliable partner and promoter of European values ​​in region

Montenegrin Prime Minister Milo Đukanović hosted earlier today a delegation of the Parliamentary Group for South East Europe of the German Bundestag, led by the group President Peter Weiss (CDU). The delegation also included MPs Andreas Lemel (CDU) and Dirk Fepel (SPD).

During the talks, the officials exchanged views on the progress in EU and NATO integration, political and economic situation in the country and developments in the region.

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Rule of law, economic security and democratisation of society in focus of current and future government's work

Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković hosted earlier today Director of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre Marcel Pesko. DPM Marković expressed gratitude for the support for the multiyear process of improving democracy, transparency and the rule of law in Montenegro, stressing that the visit of its senior official comes at the moment when Montenegro is marking the 10th anniversary of the restoring independence.

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Budapest: Hungary strongly supports Montenegro's EU, NATO bids

Outgoing Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro Igor Lukšić paid an official visit to Budapest, where he met with his Hungarian counterpart Peter Szijarto.

The Hungarian Foreign Minister praised Montenegro's achievements towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration, and stressed the firm commitment of Hungary to continue providing full support to Montenegro. In that context, he pointed out that Hungary will be one of the first countries to ratify the protocol of Montenegro's accession to NATO.

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Timely exchange of information crucial for effective fight against crime

Cooperation between Montenegro and Switzerland is good, but must be further strengthened in order to jointly respond to security challenges such as illegal migration, fight against organised crime and terrorism, it was concluded earlier today in a meeting between Deputy Prime Minister Duško Marković and Director of the Swiss Federal Police Nicoletta della Valle.

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Minister Ivanović presents results of MIDAS and IPARD-like projects in Washington

At the World Bank's conference in Washington, Montenegro’s experience in the implementation of MIDAS and IPARD-like projects, which have been implemented with the support of the World Bank in order to develop agriculture and strengthen the competitiveness of the Montenegrin producers, was recognised as a successful example of such practice and presented to the member states, where the World Bank is implementing similar projects.

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Durres: Deputy Prime Minister Lukšić participates in meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Western Balkans

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić participated in the meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Western Balkans held on 30-31 March in Durres. In addition to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, event participants were EU Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council Goran Svilanovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic Lubomir Zaoralek as chairmain in office of the Visegrad Group (V4), Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway Børge Brende, French Secretary of State Harlem Desir, and the Italian Undersecretary for Foreign Affairs Vincenzo Amendola.

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