EU for Montenegro

The European Union is the largest donor and investor in Montenegro. Since 2007, it has allocated more than 610 million euros in grants in order to improve the lives of Montenegrin citizens. Through hundreds of projects implemented together with state and local authorities, civil society organisations, businesses and citizens, the European Union has been making a substantive difference in Montenegro over the past 15 years.

It builds schools, homes and farms and invests money in the production of healthy food. It improves and modernises healthcare services. It provides support to the complex public administration reform, but also to the unemployed, giving them a chance to start their own businesses. It protects Montenegrin rivers, lakes, forests and meadows, trying to instil European nature protection standards. It provides young people with the opportunity to study abroad, but also to acquire new knowledge and skills through informal learning. It is especially devoted to helping vulnerable groups, and as a result, women, minorities, the LGBT community, young people and people with disabilities today have more rights and better protection thanks to EU investments.

The European Union is able to achieve all of this partly through the well-known Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA), by means of which the European Union helps Montenegro build strong democratic institutions, strengthen the rule of law, implement public administration reform, ensure greater respect for human rights, promote gender equality, strengthen civil society, enhance regional cooperation, enable sustainable development and reduce poverty. The aim is to encourage fundamental democratic and economic reforms in the country so it could better prepare for full membership and functioning within the EU system. At the same time, it closely monitors results in accession negotiations, assisting Montenegro to adopt the EU acquis and be able to implement it effectively.

In this way, the European Union wants the citizens of Montenegro to experience concrete benefits and progress in their lives already now, not just when the country becomes part of the Union. Here you can read how the EU is making an effort to achieve its goal – through a clear and practical overview of EU projects in 14 different areas. Explore our website and feel free to contact us if you need additional information.

Sectors

Did you know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the most translated document in the world, available in 370 languages? No doubt, there is a lot to know about human rights. As one of the founding principles of the European Union (EU), human rights lie at its core.

Life in cross border areas is specific and can bring benefits, but also challenges for its citizens. They usually have similar way of living and share same habits, culture and tradition, even goods and land. That is why Cross Border Cooperation (CBC) is a key element of the EU policy towards its neighbours. It is developed to support promoting good neighbourly relations, fostering EU integration and enhancing socio-economic development.

There is no doubt that civil society is one of the most used concepts nowadays. It is often called the “third sector”. Wonder why? That is because civil society is seen as a driver of change, which has the power to hold public and private sectors to account for their commitments. 

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.

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.

Did you know there were estimated to be 22.6 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the European Union (EU) in 2021? With their innovation potential and job creation, SMEs represent a key part of the European economy. SMEs also play a crucial role in the Montenegrin economy. Therefore, the EU supports development of SMEs in Montenegro, as well as enhancing innovation capacities and industry competitiveness in the country.

Did you know that goods which come into the EU from outside are subject to a common external tariff and a tariff-free movement within the EU borders? It is like that thanks to the EU Customs Union (EUCU). The EUCU represents one of the greatest achievements of the European Union, one of its fundamental pillars and an essential element in the functioning of the single market. All the EU Member States are part of the EUCU and all the countries that aspire to join the EU, including Montenegro, have to fulfill requirements from Chapter 29: Customs Union. 

Ensuring healthy lives, an efficient health care system and strong health sector are essential to sustainable development of each society. Therefore, the EU has been involved in promoting well-being, improving the health system’s efficiency and health infrastructure modernization within and outside its borders.

Did you know that 40% of the EU’s total budget goes to agriculture? Making sure that consumers get the highest quality products while also supporting the European farmers is a top priority for the EU, ever since it created the Common Agricultural Policy in 1962. This is why agriculture is also a very important part of the EU accession process. Chapters 11, 12 and 13 lay down the standards which Montenegro needs to abide by to join the EU family.

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Education

There is no doubt that civil society is one of the most used concepts nowadays. It is often called the “third sector”. Wonder why? That is because civil society is seen as a driver of change, which has the power to hold public and private sectors to account for their commitments. 

Respect for the rule of law is essential for the very functioning of every democratic society. It is a key condition for economic growth and a most important prerequisite for the protection of fundamental rights. That is why safeguarding, strengthening and supporting the rule of law is so high on the EU’s agenda. It is a crucial element of the EU accession process.

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Media

There is no doubt that civil society is one of the most used concepts nowadays. It is often called the “third sector”. Wonder why? That is because civil society is seen as a driver of change, which has the power to hold public and private sectors to account for their commitments. 

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Public administation

There is no doubt that civil society is one of the most used concepts nowadays. It is often called the “third sector”. Wonder why? That is because civil society is seen as a driver of change, which has the power to hold public and private sectors to account for their commitments. 

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COVID

There is no doubt that civil society is one of the most used concepts nowadays. It is often called the “third sector”. Wonder why? That is because civil society is seen as a driver of change, which has the power to hold public and private sectors to account for their commitments. 

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