Water is an indispensable precondition for life and essential resource for the economy. That is why the EU water policy is focused on ensuring access to good quality water in sufficient quantity for all Europeans; good status of all water bodies; and preservation and sustainable management of water resources across Europe.
Environment and Climate Change
Earth is our home and all the existing environmental problems, such as air pollution, global warming, water scarcity, fresh water shortages and shifts in the distribution of fauna and flora, have far-reaching implications for its health, as well as the health of humans. Therefore, it is important to tackle these problems and protect the environment for ours and future generations.
The EU has made serious efforts in doing so. Did you know that the EU has been improving European’s well-being and nature protection through its environmental policy since 1972? It is one of the most important and most demanding European policies. It protects human health through thorough legislation on climate, nature, waste, water, air quality and chemicals. That is why Chapter 27, dedicated to Environment and Climate Change, represents one of the most difficult and demanding negotiating chapters.
Montenegro officially opened negotiations in this chapter in 2018, which has given the country that defined itself as an ecological state, a unique opportunity to strengthen its environmental policy. The EU has also assisted environmental policy development in Montenegro with €40 million so far. Through different projects, the EU has helped waste management and air quality management improvement; protection of nature sites; and upgrading and construction of sewerage network in Montenegro.
The EU will continue to support strengthening of Montenegrin administrative capacities in key areas of environmental legislative development, as well as infrastructural development and upgrading across the country, with large investments targeted to address mainly wastewater collection treatment, air quality and nature protection.