Montenegrin Capacity Building for Approximation of EU Legislation
Supported by: SlovakAid, a Slovak
Ministry of Foreign Affairs' Programme
The project "Montenegrin capacity building for approximation
of EU legislation" began in June 2012. It has been implemented by
NISPAcee, in co-operation with the Project Partner Institution, Human
Resources Management Authority. The project is supported by SlovakAid
and the project’s activities are scheduled for one year.
description of the project: Montenegro (MN), as a candidate country of the
European Union, is expected to begin intense negotiations regarding accession
to the Euro zone and the related process of harmonisation of its national laws
with the acquis communautaire in June
2012. It will be a long-term and
complicated process requiring both capable negotiators amongst government
representatives, as well as a sufficient number of well-trained state officials
working in the central bodies of state administration, who will be the direct
actors during the integration of directives, resolutions, and decisions of the
European Union into generally binding national legal regulations. The
complexity of the approximation process is also highlighted by the fact that
the law of the European Union today consists of almost 18,000 applicable legal
Therefore, the partner organisations
developed this project with the aim of providing practical information at all
stages of the approximation process, together with guidance as to how to
approach the changes in the process of law-making and what should be expected.
Overall objective of the
Montenegrin state authorities prepared for approximation and harmonisation with
the acquis communautaire.
1.1. Collection of policy papers.
1.2. Key state
officials/legislators prepared for the process of approximation and
harmonisation of Montenegrin laws.
Main project activities:
Preparatory and working
- Analysis of the actual situation, consultations.
- Development of the
collection of policy paperscontaining recommendations for individual steps of a legislative and other
nature, which will be based on the actual current situation as regards the
Montenegrin law-making process and aimed at its gradual preparation for the
process of law approximation.
- The Seminar (MN) focused on the changes in legislative technique,
law-making processes, and consequential requirements in the pre-accession
period and during membership of the European Union. Although the accession of
Montenegro to the European Union will be preceded by aseemingly long
period of accession process, the "post-accession” period needs to already be
incorporated into the presented project at this stage, since the preparation
for legislative changes that will occur during that period need to begin now.
- Study trip (SK) with the purpose of visiting top Slovak central
state administration bodies which have played a key role in the process of law
approximation. During individual visits, the participants will have thepossibility
to acquire additional information, as well as to establish useful contacts for
further expert cooperation.
- Final conference (MN) with the aim of evaluating the implementation
of the project in its entirety and the content of the recommendations contained
in the "policy papers" and to represent an important milestone of
expert cooperation between both countries in the process of Montenegro’s
accession to the European Union.