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Within the project "Let Me Tell You something about the EU 2", presentations on the European integration process of Montenegro, during which negotiating chapters 2 – Free movement of persons and 19 - Social policy and employment were held in Berane and Bijelo Polje. The presentations were delivered by Damir Šabanović, Secretary of the Working Groups 2 and 19 for the preparation of negotiations on the accession of Montenegro to the European Union in the field of the EU acquis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro. The lectures were also attended by Marija Backović from the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare of Montenegro, a member of the Working Group related to the negotiation chapter 19 - Social policy and employment. In Berane, Head of Department for European Integration Nebojša Babovic spoke on behalf of the host municipality, and in Bijelo Polje Milorad Rmandić, Vice-President of the Social Council welcomed the guests.
The equipment delivered to the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro through the project ″Cross-border Flood Protection and Rescue″ is worth 92,781.61 euros. The equipment which was officially presented on 2 July in Podgorica will significantly contribute to strengthening the capacity of this institution for fight against flooding whose occurrence is, unfortunately, on the increase in the whole region. The equipment procured includes 3 aluminium boats, 2 rafting boats, stretchers, dry suits, uniforms, boots, shoes, rescue equipment sets and other rescue equipment. Presentation of the equipment was organized by FORS Montenegro and Directorate for Emergency Management and during this event the following persons gave statements: Veselin Sturanovic, Executive Director of FORS Montenegro, Goran Posrkaca, Head of Fire fighting and Recuing Unit of Prijepolje, Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, Ivana Petricevic, General Director for coordination of EU assistance programs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro, Alberto Cammarata, Head of Political, European Integration and Trade Section in the Delegation of the EU to Montenegro and Mirsad Mulic, General Director of the Directorate for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro.
Apart from the procured equipment, a very important component of the project was education of rescuers from Montenegro and Serbia, realised thorough cross-border trainings and field exercises which enabled rescuers from Berane, Niksic and Pljevlja to improve their knowledge and skills through trainings on rescuing on swift waters and in case of floods organised in Berane and delivered by certified instructors from Croatian Mountain Rescue Service, authorised to deliver Rescue 3 courses. The rescuers also took part in the seminar on best EU practice in protection and rescue from floods and rescue trainings in Prijepolje and showed their preparedness and rescue skills through two cross-border field exercises.
The other project activities included definition of standard operational procedures for border crossing of units dealing with protection and rescue in case of natural hazards, awareness raising campaign consisting of lectures in primary schools, cross-border literary competition, creation and distribution of different publications on this topic, TV and radio shows and press conferences. Awareness raising activities enabled familiarizing local population with preventive measures and activities which should be undertaken in case of flooding and in implementation of this part special attention was paid to children as a very sensitive group when it comes to natural hazards.
Total amount of the project allocated for Montenegro is 206,375.18 euros, out of which the European Union finances 175,418.9 euros or 85% of the total project costs. The project is co-funded by the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro which provided € 21,896.28 and the Commission for the allocation of a portion of lottery income of the Government of Montenegro, in the amount of € 9,060.
The project ″Cross-border Flood Protection and Rescue″ was implemented by FORS Montenegro, Directorate for Emergency Management of Montenegro of the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro, Sector for Emergency Management of the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Serbia, in cooperation with municipal protection and rescue units from Berane, Niksic and Pljevlja. In the Republic of Serbia, the project was implemented in the municipalities of Prijepolje, Priboj and Nova Varos.
In order to present the results achieved within the project CLEAN – Citizens Learning Environmental Actions Needed, funded by the European Union through Cross-border Cooperation Programme Serbia-Montenegro, the Municipality of Nova Varos organised a press conference in cooperation with other project partners.
The press conference was organised on 19 June in Nova Varos, and the results achieved were presented by Ivan Mladenović, Deputy Mayor of Nova Varos, Darko Cukranovic from the Office for European Integration of the Republic of Serbia – Department for cross-border cooperation, Marija Djikanovic, representive of FORS Montenegro, Suzana Suljagic, Director of the Public Utility Company ″3 September″ from Nova Varos, Aziz Hadzifejzovic, Director of the Public Utility Company ″Lim" from Prijepolje and Milinko Saponjic, Project Implementation Manager from the Municipality of Nova Varos.
Total value of the equipment procured, having for its goal improvement of waste management for the Public Utility Companies from Berane, Nikšić and Pljevlja municipalities, was € 105.229,75, and it was implemented through the Cross-border project CLEAN. It was about procurement of containers for selective waste disposal (133 containers), 3 presses for packing of selective waste disposal, 2 wood cutters, 1 vacuum cleaner for public spaces and 125 concrete baskets for garbage.
Besides the valuable equipment, education of representatives of public utility companies and municipal services dealing with environmental issues and waste management from Berane, Nikšić and Pljevlja was organized within the project. It consisted of two cross-border trainings on sustainable waste management and recycling and the study visit to the Centre for Waste Management, CERO Gajke in Ptuj, Slovenia, where the participants had an opportunity to get familiarised with the best practices concerning waste management in the European Union.
The accession process is of considerable importance for citizens of Montenegro as well as for the state. Therefore, it is necessary that local population is well informed about the integration process, benefits of EU membership and challenges which are already faced and which will be faced by Montenegro in the upcoming period. In order to provide as much information to the citizens of Northern Montenegro's membership in the European Union as well as the process of integration, within the project "Let Me Tell You Something about the EU 2" EU fairs were organized in Pljevlja, Berane, Zabljak, Bijelo Polje, Pluzine, Savnik, Andrijevica, Rozaje and Plav. EU fairs were organized during May, the Month of Europe, and within them the distribution of promotional and educational materials related to the European Union was done.
The project "Let Me Tell You Something about the EU 2" which is implemented by FORS Montenegro and funded by the communication budget of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, aims to inform citizens of Montenegro about the European Union, the European integration process and the way that Montenegro has passed towards the aim of having the status of members of this regional community. Within the project, representatives of the Delegation of the European Union of Montenegro and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Montenegro are visiting municipalities on the north in order to hold meetings with different representatives of the local community. The target municipalities of this project are: Berane, Bijelo Polje, Andrijevica, Rožaje, Plav, Pljevlja, Žabljak, Plužine and Šavnik. Visits with meetings will be organized in every of them, and the first meetings were carried out on 27 and 28 May in Plav, Andrijevica and Rožaje.
The Head of Political, European Integration and Trade Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, Alberto Cammarata and Secretary of the working groups for chapters 2 and 19 in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration, Mr. Damir Šabanović attended thematic meetings in all three municipalities. In Plav, the first meeting was organised with high school students and teachers on the topic of education, mobility and Erasmus +. After that, the meeting related to agriculture and tourism and about opportunities that we have as a future member in those two fields was held. In Andrijevica, the meeting on the same topic was organised, after which the representatives of hikers and tourist workers visited the part of Mountain Kom with guests.
In Rožaje, the officials organised a cocktail with local businessmen and entrpreneurs, and afterwards the two meetings concerning the environment and forestry in Rožaje.
The aim of these meetings is to achieve direct contact between citizens and target groups with those who are directly involved in the integration process of Montenegro and with whom they can talk, ask questions and present problems and possibilities of its municipalities as future parts of a large puzzle whose parts have been assembled since 1951.
The Environmental Protection Day – 5th June, is a global event which is marked all over the world through various ecological activities and campaigns such as: hiking, trees planting, cycling, art exhibitions, festivals, school competitions, dump sites cleaning as well as campaigns with the environmental subjects. All mentioned events are opportunity for motivating individuals, organizations and enterprises to take all necessary steps regarding environmental protection in their homes, schools, working places, by adopting ways of life which are in line with the nature, in order to provide cleaner and greener future for themselves and all future generations.
The Environmental Protection Day was officially announced by the United Nation General Assembly in 1972, at the Environmental Conference which was held in Stockholm.
Within the project "Let Me Tell You Something about the EU 2", which is funded by the communication budget of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, FORS Montenegro organized the first press conference to present the project activities and announced the central ceremony organisation for marking of Europe Day in Pljevlja. The press conference was held on April 29 in 2014 in Municipal Building in Pljevlja, and Nataša Bajović, FORS Montenegro Program Officer, has been talking about project activities.
Implementation of the project began on February 1 of 2014, and aims to improve knowledge and understanding of citizens of northern Montenegro about European Union, its values, functioning of its institutions and the process of integration through a comprehensive campaign of raising awareness on this topic and the active involvement of the target groups.
U okviru projekta „Hajde da razgovaramo o EU 2" koji je finansiran iz komunikacionog budžeta Delegacije Evropske Unije u Crnoj Gori, FORS Montenegro je organizovao prvu pres konferenciju u cilju predstavljanja projektnih aktivnosti i najave centralne ceremonije obilježavanja Dana Evrope u Pljevljima. Pres konferencija je održana 29. aprila 2014. u zgradi Skupštine Opštine Pljevlja, a o projektnim aktivnostima je govorila Nataša Bajović, programski službenik FORS Montenegro.
Realizacija projekta „Hajde da razgovaramo o EU 2" je započela 1. februara 2014. i ima za cilj poboljšanje znanja i razumijevanja građana sjeverne Crne Gore o Evropskoj uniji u cjelini, njenim vrijednostima, funkcionisanju njenih institucija i procesu integracija kroz sveobuhvatnu kampanju jačanja svijesti o ovoj temi i aktivno uključivanje ciljnih grupa.
Europe Day - 9 May is the date when European values are promoted worldwide and a European symbol which along with the motto, anthem and flag identifies the political entity of the European Union. Europe Day is the occasion for activities and festivals that bring Europe closer to its citizens, as well as to those countries aspiring to become members, including the Montenegro .
Within the project "Let Me Tell You Something about EU 2" implemented by FORS Montenegro, a celebration of Europe Day was organised in Berane, in collaboration with the Municipality of Berane. During the celebration, the promotional material has been distributed on EU infostand so the citizens have opportunity to get information about the European Union, the European integration process of Montenegro and Montenegro's preparations for membership.