Montenegro to receive €270 Million from European Union to pave the way to accession

A better and independent civil service, a strengthened system to fight organised crime, an improved business environment, an enhanced capacity for environmental management – these are only some of the aims of a new strategy paper of the European Commission for Montenegro.

 

The so-called Indicative Strategy Paper (ISP) will be the main framework and reference point for the European Commission and the Government of Montenegro in planning and conducting EU-funded actions in the period 2014-2020. For this time frame the EU has earmarked an indicative 270 million Euros for projects in Montenegro. The document is part of a series of strategy papers adopted by the European Commission in late August for Enlargement countries as well as for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans.

The Indicative Strategy Paper sets the priorities in eight different areas:

Democracy and governance, Rule of Law and fundamental rights, Environment and Climate Action, Transport, Competitiveness and Innovation, Education, employment and social policies, Agriculture and rural development, Regional cooperation and territorial cooperation, Montenegro's efforts in the context of accession negotiations will have to focus on meeting the political and economic Copenhagen criteria for EU membership, as well as to assume the EU body of laws (the so called "EU acquis"). The Indicative Strategy Paper has been the result of a consultation process between the EU and various actors including the Government of Montenegro, many civil society organisations, international institutions and EU Member States.

The strategy identifies some of the main issues which require attention and further assistance to enhance Montenegro on its European path. However, specific projects are not laid out in the document: it is meant to serve as a policy framework for developing concrete actions.

The strategy paper is the framework for the assistance under the second Instrument for pre-accession for the period 2014-2020, also known as IPA 2. The novelty of IPA2 is its focus on priority sectors and on the performance of the beneficiary countries in implementing key reforms needed for EU accession.. Enlargement countries which make good progress showing better performance in implementing reforms and financial assistance programme may be awarded additional while countries which do not show enough commitment may also lose funds.

The Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Ambassador Mitja Drobnić stated in Podgorica: "The conditionality in the assistance is a new element through which we want to encourage the reforms of Montenegro further. The projects under IPA 2 will be jointly developed with the Government of Montenegro and will serve the future of this country well. The Indicative Strategy Paper will be our joint reference." 

Source: European Union

 

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