Legalization of informal settlements in Montenegro

Feb 13, 2013

What: Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, in cooperation with UNDP and the Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket) will organize an international conference on “Legalization of informal settlements in Montenegro”. The main objective of the conference is to present the Study on illegally built objects and illegal development in Montenegro, as well as to provide an opportunity for an exchange of experiences in the implementation of laws that address the problem of illegal construction in Montenegro and the region. Participants in the conference will be: representatives of line ministries in the region, the Union of Municipalities and all Montenegrin municipalities, the Real Estate Directorate, as well as of the Architecture and Civil Engineering Universities.

Speakers at the opening of the conference will be:

Branimir Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism
Rastislav Vrbensky, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative to Montenegro
Helge Onsrud, Director of the Norwegian Mapping Authority (Kartverket)

Study on illegally built objects and illegal development in Montenegro will be presented by:
Professor Dr Chryssy Potsiou, international consultant of the Norwegian Mapping Authority

When: Wednesday, 13 February 2013 at 10 a.m.
Where: Hotel Podgorica, Podgorica 
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The Law on the legalization of informal objects in Montenegro will be presented by Marko Čanović, Director General of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism. Other topics that will be discussed at the conference will include innovative approach to legalization through the introduction of energy efficiency measures, which will be presented by Dr Jelena Janjušević, Programme Manager at the UNDP.

Recently conducted researches show that the legalization of informal settlements by introducing energy efficiency measures may also result in reduced energy consumption, and hence in reduced need for its import, reduced negative environmental impact, increased revenues of the central and local budgets, employment and economic activity, and finally they may result in a contribution to a higher living standard.

Aleksandar Žurić, Mayor of Bijelo Polje, will present the results of a pilot project for the implementation of this innovative approach to legalization, which was conducted on 4 illegal buildings in Resnik and Rasovo settlements in October and November 2012, in cooperation with UNDP.

Representatives of line ministries from the region will present their countries' experiences in addressing the problem of illegal construction and key issues in the implementation of laws.

Contact information

Milica Lekić, PR person at the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism,
Tel: +382 20 446 347, Fax: +382 20 446 289, Mob: +382 67 597 497,
E-mail:; Web:;   
Ivana Vujović, UNDP Montenegro Communications Assistant,
Tel: +382 20 22 55 33 ext. 118, Mob.: +382 69 681 222, E-mail:

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