Cooperation between Montenegro and the UN to serve as the best practice example for the region

Feb 17, 2014

Brussels- “Cooperation between Montenegro and the United Nations can serve as the best practice example to the countries in the region that are in the process of European integration,” said Mr. Dirk Lange, Head of the Unit for Montenegro within the European Commission's Directorate General for Enlargement. At the event “Joining the Forces: United Nations and Enlargement Countries – the case study of Montenegro”, Mr. Lange emphasized that the European Commission welcomes and supports cooperation between the UN System and the enlargement countries in the implementation of key reforms of the European agenda. The event was held in Brussels, organized by the UN System in Montenegro and the Office of the Chief Negotiator of Montenegro. It presented an opportunity to showcase results of cooperation between the Government of Montenegro and the UN, as well as to discuss future activities in the area of the implementation of key reforms and improving the process of EU accession.

Mr. Aleksandar Andrija Pejović, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator of Montenegro presented the progress achieved in the accession process, particularly emphasizing opening of negotiations in key chapters related to the rule of law. “Accession negotiations are a complex task and a challenge for the public administration, but also for the entire Montenegrin society. Support of UN agencies significantly contributed to the previous stages of the accession process. UN is an important partner to the country in achieving substantial reforms and Montenegro counts on their continued support in the negotiation process,” said Mr. Pejović. He also highlighted the significant support of the UN System in development of key strategic documents such as action plans for Chapters 23 and 24 and Montenegro's EU Accession Programme, as well as support for reforms in the justice sector and internal affairs, public administration, social welfare system, environmental protection, sustainable development and other areas. He particularly emphasized UNDP’s technical assistance within specific negotiation chapters and strengthening capacities for coordination and programming of IPA funds.

Mr. Rastislav Vrbensky, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro presented activities of UNDP, with an emphasis on the Capacity Development Programme (CDP), which is focusing on support to Montenegro’s EU accession process. He also conveyed his expectations that this fruitful cooperation will continue in the future.

Mr. Benjamin Perks, UNICEF Representative to Montenegro presented their activities, particularly emphasizing social inclusion projects and projects in the area of overall protection of children's rights. He expressed his satisfaction with cooperation with the Government of Montenegro in the domain of development of children's rights protection system and said that UNICEF will continue being a reliable partner of Montenegro by supporting a number of programmes.