Sector:

Connectivity

Did you know that the Mala Rijeka Viaduct on the Bar-Belgrade line is the highest railway bridge in Europe and the second highest in the world? Or that Montenegro’s railway used to be the most expensive infrastructure project in the former Yugoslavia? However, transport infrastructure in Montenegro has suffered extensively from lack of maintenance. It has been transforming and developing over the past years towards the goal of harmonizing with the EU regulations and standards.

The European Union supports Montenegro in upgrading its transport infrastructure. Since 2007, the EU has assisted to transport connectivity development in Montenegro with more than €177.25 million. Through different projects, the EU has helped railway infrastructure upgrading, modernisation of Montenegrin roads system and the maritime transport system, as well as construction of new wastewater treatment plants. It has also provided support in capacity building and aligning Montenegro’s legislation with EU laws and standards in the transport sector.

All of this leads to sustainable connectivity. Sustainable connectivity enables economic growth and job creation. That is why the EU remains committed not just to improving transport connectivity within its own borders, but beyond. Helping people of Montenegro and the Western Balkans region to be more connected remains the EU’s top priority.

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Wastewater treatment represents a very important element of water pollution control. It helps produce clean reusable water and reduce the amount of waste that is usually released into the environment. It also has the potential to produce energy through methane harvesting, and the potential to produce natural fertilizer from the waste collected through the process.
Building and connecting transport and energy infrastructure is a driver for growth and jobs. Improved transport and energy infrastructure unlocks innovation, attracts investments and creates huge social benefits. That is why the EU constantly invests in this area.
Achieving zero-energy is an ambitious, but achievable goal. One of the ways to achieve it is to encourage building zero-energy buildings. They combine energy efficiency and renewable energy generation to consume only as much energy as can be produced onsite, through renewable resources and within a specified time period. In short, zero-energy buildings produce as much energy as they use.
Strengthening green economy with investments in energy efficiency is one of key priorities of the European Union (EU). Also, energy efficiency lies at the core of EU’s Energy Union. The EU and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) launched the Green Economy Financing Facility (GEFF) to supports businesses and homeowners wishing to invest in green technologies. The GEFF is a part of the Regional Energy Efficiency Programme (REEP), which helps the Western Balkans countries to capture the energy efficiency potential. In 2016 the “REEP+” has been developed to continue to support energy efficiency investments in the Western Balkans, particularly in the residential sector.  
Infrastructure improvement and maintenance remains one of the most important prerequisites for economic development and better quality of citizen’s lives. In other words, developing an efficient transportation system is necessary for ensuring both economic and social prosperity in any country, including Montenegro. 
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