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On 26-28 November 2014, FORS Montenegro – Foundation for the Development of Northern Montenegro organised a conference with the topic ‟Development of Green Economy‟, in order to encourage development of an ecologically sustainable economy in the region. The Conference was held in Kolasin and opened by Ms Daliborka Pejovic, State Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism, Mr Sladjan Maslac from the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Mr Djuro Milosevic, Deputy Mayor of Kolasin and Mr Veselin Sturanovic, FORS Executive Director.
Within the project "Let Me Tell You Something about the EU 2," implemented by FORS Montenegro in the northern region of Montenegro, the visits of representatives of the EU Delegation to Montenegro were organized to the municipalities Plužine, Šavnik, Berane, Bijelo Polje and Petnjica on 11-13 November. During the visits, there were several meetings on the topics of European integration and the development of rural and mountain areas, agriculture, environmental protection and tourism. Apart from these topics, special attention was paid to youth and new opportunities that are being opened for them regarding education, volunteering and employment. The team of EU Delegation in Montenegro, in all municipalities, was led by Alberto Cammarata, Head of Political, European Integration and Trade Section. Beside the Delegation team, visits in Pluzine, Savnik, Petnjica and Bijelo Polje were attended by a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Zoran Irić.
On the path towards the European Union, Montenegro should harmonize the national legislation with the EU acquis. Therefore, Montenegro negotiates 33 chapters including the Negotiation chapter 28 - Consumer and health protection. Implementation of European legislation in this area should contribute to improving the level of safety of products on the market and ensuring protection of the rights and health of consumers, as well as their quality of life.
This chapter deals with issues related to the interests of citizens - consumer policy, security and economic interests and public health. It is necessary to raise public awareness and ensure active participation of citizens in this process, in order to contribute to better informing and more successful implementation of the acquis in this area.
Within the project "Green Economy Initiative", funded by the European Union, a three-day training on "Youth Participation in Decision Making" was organised for high school students from the northern region of Montenegro. The training was attended by 26 students from the second and third grades of high school and 4 teachers.
The aim of this training was to educate young people and their empowerment to participate in decision making and to become more involved in community activities. Students had the opportunity to learn about effective participation in society, decision making, formulating public policies and improving youth participation in these processes. In order to strengthen the capacity of youth for involvement in decisions related to the environment, the students, in the second part of the training, had the opportunity to hear valuable information about the green economy, environmental protection, climate change, and to learn the mechanisms of peer education in order to transfer the lessons learned to their peers.
The European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year on 26 September. This date was proclaimed in 2001 at the initiative of the Council of Europe.
Throughout Europe, people are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school. The linguistic diversity is a tool for achieving greater intercultural understanding and a key element in the rich cultural heritage of Europe.
In order to promote this day, FORS Montenegro organized a school lesson in the High School "30 September" in Rožaje. The students of the final year prepared presentation in cooperation with teachers of the subject European Integration and presented the meaning of the motto "United in Diversity" which includes a wide range of languages in one area that are connected into a whole through the regional community, called the European Union. In the previous period we also organized inter-municipal literary competition, so the student from this school who was awarded the second prize read his essay on the topic "EU values" and in the best way contributed to the success of this event.
FORS Montenegro i Opština Nikšić su u okviru kampanje „Budi odgovoran. Od tebe zavisi. Siva Ekonomija 0%" kandidovali projekat Uređenje i opremanje parka i igrališta za djecu u Nikšiću, kao investiciju od opšteg društvenog značaja koja ima za cilj da, na prvom mjestu velikom broju mališana iz grada pod Trebjesom, obezbijedi sigurno, zanimljivo i odgovarajuće mjesto za igru i slobodne aktivnosti. Činjenica je da u našem gradu ne postoji potpuno uređen park sa kompletnim dječjim mobilijarom koji bi velikom broju najmlađih i njihovim roditeljima mogao da pruži zabavu i ugodno provedeno vrijeme. Zbog toga smo odlučili da napravimo i predložimo projekat uređenja kompletnog parka za djecu, na lokaciji preko puta hotela „Onogošt" i Robne kuće „Nikšićanka", u blizini nedovršenog Doma revolucije gdje se trenutno nalazi nekoliko sprava za djecu i sprava za vježbanje i koje ne ispunjavaju potrebe broja najmlađih iz našeg grada i velikog broja posjetilaca ove lokacije. Projektom koji predlažemo namjeravamo da zaokružimo čitavu sliku i napravimo park, zelenu oazu u srcu grada a najmlađima i ostalim stanovnicima obezbijedimo mjesto za ugodno provedeno vrijeme.
Uređenje ove lokacije obuhvata:
- nabavku i postavljanje adekvatne tartanske podloge za mobilijar, u skladu sa svim standardima koji osiguravaju bezbjednost od eventualnih povreda, optimalne higijenske uslove, komfor za igru i vježbanje i zadovoljavaju estetske kriterijume;
- nabavku i postavljanje mobilijara za dječju igru – multifunkcijski kompleks, klackalice, ljuljaške, vrteške, tobogani itd;
- nabavku i postavljanje opreme za vježbanje za djecu i odrasle;
- nabavku i postavljanje parkovskog mobilijara.
On 19 September, FORS Montenegro participated in the Cross-border and Transnational Cooperation Projects Fair, held in Podgorica in the shopping mall Delta City and organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations of Montenegro. The Fair was organised on the occasion of celebrating European Cooperation Day and it was officially opened by the State secretary for European integrations, Ambassador Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic and Head of Operations Sections in the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Andre Lys. At the Fair, FORS Montenegro presented seven projects that we implemented in the previous period, or whose implementation is under way: Together for Nature, Be Ready, Separate Waste Collection in Schools and Communities, CLEAN – Citizens Learning Environmental Actions Needed, PARHS – Preventive Actions in the Reproductive Health Sector, Cross-border Flood Protection and Rescue and Improvement of Tourism and Traffic Signage.
Within the project ″Let me tell you something about the EU 2", which we are implementing in nine northern municipalities, on 15-16 September we organised a visit of the representatives of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro to the municipalities of Zabljak and Pljevlja. The EU Delegation team was led by Alberto Cammarata, Head of Political, European Integration and Trade Section and apart from their representatives, the visit was also attended by Velimir Sljivancanin from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations, Milos Kusovac from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, representatives of local authorities and FORS Montenegro team. During the visit, a series of meetings with farmers, tourism workers, representatives of small and medium enterprises, NGOs and youth was organised during which the participants were provided with information on the process of European integrations, obligations and benefits of Montenegro when it joins the EU, while the representatives of EU Delegation, state and local authorities were in a position to listen to the attitudes of the people from the field on the EU accession process, as well as to learn about their main problems and expectations from the integration process and EU membership and to answer their questions.
On Montenegro's way to the European Union, negotiating chapter 27 – environment is one of the most challenging. As a candidate and ecological state, Montenegro sees negotiations for accession as a good opportunity to improve environmental protection as a necessary precondition for the implementation of the principles and standards of sustainable development.
U okviru projekta „Hajde da razgovaramo o EU 2" u Plužinama i Šavniku su održane prezentacije na temu procesa evropskih integracija Crne Gore, tokom kojih je predstavljeno pregovaračko poglavlje 11 – Poljoprivreda i ruralni razvoj. Na ovu temu su govorili Velimir Šljivančanin, sekretar radne grupe 11 za pripremu pregovora o pristupanju Crne Gore EU za oblast pravne tekovine EU u Ministarstvu vanjskih poslova i evropskih integracija Crne Gore i Miloš Kusovac u ime Ministarstva poljoprivrede i ruralnog razvoja, član radne grupe za pregovaračko poglavlje 11. U Plužinama je u ime opštine domaćina govorio Mihailo Dondić, sekretar Sekretarijata za opštu upravu, a u Šavniku Vlatko Vuković, načelnik Službe za poljoprivredu i ruralni razvoj.