Montenegro and European Union

Commissioner Füele congratulates Montenegro on the good results achieved in the integration process during 2009 and for a good start to 2010

The European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy, Stefan Füle visited Podgorica in March 2010. He met with officials from Montenegrin Government as well as with leaders of civil society organisations.
Commissioner Füle congratulated Montenegro on the good results achieved in the EU integration process during 2009 but also pointed out that there is still a lot of work ahead in the process.
“The work that lies ahead of us is even more demanding and challenging. The good news is that those reforms are needed in any case. The fight against organised crime and corruption, consolidation of the rule of law and strengthening administrative capacities are reforms which are needed first and foremost for your citizens.” Commissioner Füle emphasized.

Commissioner Füle met with Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic, President of Montenegro Filip Vujanovic and Parliament Speaker Ranko Krivokapic.

He also previously met with civil society representatives and discussed human rights issues, freedom of speech and the importance of the civil society in the EU integration process.

EU Integration the most popular optional subject in Montenegro’s schools

Montenegro is the first Western Balkan country to introduce in the formal education system the European Union and European Integration as an optional and separate subject in primary and secondary schools. A total of 79 Montenegro’s teachers have started a training course that will help them teach the subjects “European Union” in primary schools and “European Integration” in secondary schools.

The introduction of the subjects “European Union” and “European Integration” is funded by the EU from the IPA 2007 fund and is one of the activities conducted by Montenegro’s Ministry for European Integration.
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