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Mrdak: Accepting the new methodology reflects readiness to develop our society

Montenegro welcomed 2020 with growing tensions, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country is in an election year as well, however, the opposition announced boycott of the upcoming elections scheduled for August. In the meantime, Montenegro announced its intention to accept the new EU enlargement methodology which was adopted in March.

European Western Balkans talked with Deputy Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to the EU Marko Mrdak about the current events and whether they would have consequences for the European path of Montenegro, which is considered to be a frontrunner in European integration.

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Montenegro's progress is visible in the areas of transport, energy, environment and regional development

Despite the coronavirus epidemic, Montenegro has made progress in several areas, it was assessed at the 13th meeting of the Sub-Committee on transport, energy, environment, climate change and regional policy between Montenegro and the European Commission.

At the Sub-Committee meeting, which was organized online for the first time, representatives of Montenegro and the European Commission discussed the key results achieved in the period from the previous Sub-Committee meeting in the areas covered by Chapters 14, 15, 21, 22 and 27, as well as guidelines for further progress.

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A part of EU-donated medical equipment arrives to Montenegro

Montenegro has received a new shipment of medical equipment donated by the EU under the 3 million euro support package, and procured by the UNDP. The shipment consists of 14 medical ventilators and a contingent of personal protective equipment for health professionals (80,000 gloves, 50,560 surgical masks and 10,200 protective goggles).

Following Montenegro's request sent through the NATO mechanism, the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) in late April, the shipment carrying EU-donated protective medical equipment, along with personal protection gear that Montenegro bought from China, was delivered by a plane leased and paid for by the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Montenegro has accepted the new methodology, good platform for intensifying the reforms

The Government of Montenegro has accepted the proposed EU accession methodology that will serve as a good platform for intensifying the reform processes, said Deputy Chief Negotiator Marko Mrdak.

On Thursday (14 May), the Government adopted the information on the new EU accession methodology confirming Montenegro’s acceptance of the new negotiation model.

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Public invitation for NGOs to propose a representative for a member of the Rule of Law Council

During the talks held by the Prime Minister of Montenegro in February 2019 with representatives of non-governmental organizations under the “Alliance for Europe initiative”, initiated through a wide dialogue with relevant political and social actors to raise all issues relevant to overcoming divisions, and all with a view to the full integration of Montenegro into the EU, and in accordance with Article 3 of the Decree on the election of representatives of non-governmental organizations to the working bodies of the state administration and conducting a public debate in the preparation of laws and strategies (Official Gazette of Montenegro 41/18), with the Decision on the Council for the Rule of Law (Official Gazette of Montenegro 36/19 and 46/19), the Office for European Integration in the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Montenegro announces:

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The EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week in Brussels, 17-21 February 2020

Countries participating in the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR) will work further on defining macro-regional priorities that are relevant for this macro-region, in order to incorporate those priorities in the main programming documents for the EU financing in the period 2021-2027 – this was highlighted in Brussels this week.

The beginning of the EU Macro-Regional Strategies Week (MRSs week) was marked by the regular EUSAIR Governing Board meeting.

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Grant contracts signed within the second Call for Proposals for the Cross Border Cooperation Programme Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020

The second Call for Proposals for the Cross-border Cooperation Program Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro 2014-2020 resulted in ten contracted projects in 2019.

The projects will contribute to environment protection, better management and energy efficiency of local water supply systems, wastewater and solid waste, as well as to improving the quality and diversity of the tourism offer, which is based on natural and cultural heritage.

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The score grid has been approved for the Second Targeted Call for Proposals for Interreg IPA CBC Italy – Albania – Montenegro

We hereby inform the interested public that the evaluation of the projects to be financed under the Second Call for Proposals under Interreg IPA Cross-border Cooperation Programme Italy – Albania – Montenegro has been completed.

The Second Call for Proposals was opened from 4 April to 20 June 2018 and 113 applications were submitted via Electronic Management System (EMS). During the administrative eligibility check, 20 applications were rejected and 93 applications were subject to a qualitative evaluation.

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“Open data – perspective of application” seminar

On the occasion of the International Open Data Week, the Montenegrin Chamber of Economy organizes the seminar "Open data - perspective of application" within the Open Data for European Innovation – ODEON project, which is implemented under the Interreg Mediterranean Transnational Programme 2014-2020.

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