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Third issue of foreign policy magazine Diplomarius published

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration has published the third issue of the foreign policy magazine Diplomarius, which provides an overview of the foreign policy activities of the Government of Montenegro and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration.

In this issue of Diplomarius, we would like to draw your attention to the introduction piece by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Igor Lukšić, interview with Ferdinand Nagy, Romanian Ambassador to Montenegro, opinions by NGO and media representatives on Euro-Atlantic integration, articles by diplomats about Montenegro's progress in integration processes, development of bilateral relations and economic diplomacy, multilateral relations, cooperation with the diaspora, history of diplomacy, etc.

Diplomarius no. 3 can be downloaded here.

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Romania supports Montenegro’s EU membership bid

Romania supports the impressive progress Montenegro has made in the process of EU accession and it will continue supporting Montenegrin institutions in their efforts towards full-fledged EU membership, the meeting between State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator Aleksandar Andrija Pejović and State Secretary for European and Bilateral Affairs at the Foreign Ministry of Romania George Ciamba concluded.

The two officials exchanged opinions on Montenegro's implemented and planned activities in the context of EU accession.

Ambassador Pejović thanked State Secretary Ciamba for Romania's support, including sending experts in various areas, and especially in the areas of environment, rule of law, and food safety. He informed his interlocutor of the results Montenegro has made in the negotiation process, focusing on reform activities in the rule of law area. Mr Pejović underlined that Chapters 23 and 24 are the foundation of the overall progress and a cornerstone of the integration process, for which reasons they are receiving special attention. He underlined that Montenegro also works with the same vigour in other chapters towards meeting the necessary commitments, and underlined that for this reason Montenegro readily awaits the opening of the remaining negotiation chapters.

State Secretary Ciamba welcomed the results Montenegro has made in its EU accession process, noting they all add up to Montenegro's status of the enlargement process leader in the Western Balkans. He spoke about Romania's negotiation experience and underlined that Montenegro may count on all the necessary support of Romanian institutions and experts when it comes to strengthening administrative capacities and ensuring high quality implementation of accession process commitments.

The two officials also exchanged opinions on key challenges and future expectations and obligations in the run up to EU membership. In that context, they discussed the process of realisation of concrete activities aimed at the implementation of the memorandum on cooperation in the areas of European integration and environment, as well as further transfer of Romanian experience in the form of exchange of diplomats and twinning projects.

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Public consultations on the draft trilateral programme Italy – Albania – Montenegro

  • Published in Press IPA EN

Within the framework of programming IPA II EU pre-accession assistance for 2014-2020, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration hosted earlier today in Podgorica the public consultations on the draft trilateral programme Italy – Albania – Montenegro.

The event was an opportunity to exchange opinions on the subject and content of the future programme, priorities, specific objectives, activities to be financed, and potential beneficiaries.

The public consultations were launched by Director-General for the coordination of EU assistance programmes Ivana Petričević, and she presented bilateral, trilateral, and trans-national programmes for the IPA II 2014-2020 programming period in which Montenegro will take part. She also underlined that it is expected that around 80 million EUR will be allocated in the forthcoming period for the implementation of this Programme.

The basic priorities of the trilateral programme Italy – Albania – Montenegro were presented by Director for Cross-Border Cooperation Ivana Glišević Đurović: SMEs competitiveness and establishing cooperation practices, good management of natural and cultural resources in order to ensure sustainable tourism and attractiveness, environmental protection, risk management, low-carbon strategy, and cross-border sustainable networks.

The participants at the event came from state institutions, local governments, public companies, and the civil society, who expressed a great interest in the programme and possibilities to participate.

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Tirana: Director General for European Affairs Snežana Radović participated at the international conference in Tirana entitled “A new chapter for European Integration of Albania in a developing Europe: Challenges after and the enlargement policy”

Director General for European Affairs Snežana Radović participated at the international conference in Tirana entitled "A new chapter for European Integration of Albania in a developing Europe: Challenges after and the enlargement policy."

The conference was hosted by the Albanian Institute of International Studies in cooperation with the EU Delegation to Albania, embassies of Germany and Italy in Tirana, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. Participants were representatives of the European Commission and institutions in charge of coordinating the EU integration processes of Albania, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Slovenia, and Serbia.

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