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Veselin Sturanovic, executive director of the FORS Montenegro has represented the organization during a study visit to Brussels organized by the Directorate for Enlargement through Technical Assistance and Information Exchange programme (TAIEX). FORS Montenegro was one of 7 organizations of civil society in Montenegro, which was invited to participate in this study visit, together with 40 NGOs from the Western Balkans and Turkey.
SNV organised a two-day training workshop “Human Resources in NGO Sector” at Hotel “Residence”, Milocer on December 10-11, 2009. The event was held as part of the program "Local Capacity Building for NGOs", which is implemented by SNV in Montenegro. The main goal of the workshop was - to foster the stable development of human resources departments in selected NGOs, supported by SNV program.
Mayor of Pljevlja Municipality Dr. Filip Vukovic and Deputy of Ambassador in Montenegro Bennett Lowenthal marked on Thursday 19th November, in Pljevlja, start of the project "Free internet access of the citizens of Pljevlja" and web site Tourism café www.tourismcafe.me
The project is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in cooperation with the Municipality of Pljevlja through the Foundation for Development of Northern Montenegro FORS Montenegro, and implemented by the Internet provider MNNews from Podgorica.
FORS Montenegro in last two months submitted four project proposals under IPA cross border cooperation programme. The proposals were designed within environmental and tourism sectors. FORS Montenegro is satisfied with developed projects and with cooperation with partners from Albania, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Personnel said that they felt better prepared for the upcoming EU tenders and commented on importance of EU cross border cooperation projects, particularly because of new partnerships that FORS Montenegro established.
Berane – 28 September 2009: The officer in charge of USAID Montenegro, Mr. Ramsey Day visited FORS Montenegro office in Berane, during the last week of September, and was briefed by Senior Program Officer Mr. Emil Kocan about the FORS’s current activities and plans for the future.
"We are delighted with the past and current co-operation, as well as with support we received from the USAID Montenegro," said Emil Kocan, "and the relationship between USAID and FORS Montenegro will be increasingly important as we move forward towards development of the Northern Montenegro."
"Green Center” is a non-formal alliance of ecological NGOs that are ready for active participation in the improvement and consistent implementation of environment protection legislative. The primary task of "Green Center " is to introduce the contents of legal documents (national and EU) related to environment protection to NGOs, local communities and other interested parties, to organize joint NGO activities, to work on the campaigns supporting issues of common interest and final development and strengthening of the Alliance of Ecological NGOs, with a goal of better communication in the area of designing "Ecological Policies".
In a past two years FORS Montenegro implemented programme ''Joining forces for sustainable future in western Balkans'' furthermore our activities were related to development and implementation of project Green Agenda in municipality Mojkovac. The aim of this project was to get the information regarding ecological situation in municipality Mojkovac, representatives of the Municipality, NGO’s, stakeholders and all interested citizens, be involved in the project and meet with the activities regarding Green Agenda program. Program is funded by Dutch Government through Milieukontakt, and in the field is implemented by FORS Montenengro.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, funded project “Support to capacity building for agriculture and rural development policy analysis and formulation to support EU-integration of the South-Eastern European countries” of which FORS Montenegro’ responsibility was to organize workshop in Montenegro. An event, organized at Hotel Bianca, Kolasin, gathered more than thirty participants from Serbia and Montenegro in late June 2009.
Rural poverty is an important aspect of European poverty, in particular since rural areas account for a large proportion of European territory and its population. In some Member States the poverty risk in rural areas is double that of urban areas.
Second seminar on „Raising the Institutional Capacities of Environmental NGOs in the Western Balkans’’ took place in premises of hotel ’’Continental’’, Skopje, Macedonia, from 25th to 28th June 2009. The project is implemented by Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd from the UK through EC.