News archive - EC Fact-Finding Mission to Podgorica

On January 18-19, 2007, the European Commission represented by Tania Friederichs (Directorate General for Research) and Giancarlo Caratti (Joint Research Centre) visited Montenegro and met with officials from the Ministry of Education and Science, Secretariat for European Integration, the University of Montenegro and members of the Council for the Scientific-Research Activities. They also visited laboratories and met representatives of the research community.

During the mission it became clear that Montenegro is determined to make research a high priority on the political agenda. Montenegro has potential in Information and Environmental Technologies and of course should develop all areas which will facilitate compliance with EU technical requirements and standards (acquis). The mission also allowed for the explaination of the important role that the JRC fulfills with concerning compliance with EU legislation and policy.
Following this mission, Montenegro confirmed its interest in being associated to the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7).
The internal procedure is under preparation but entry into force of the Association Memorandum may take some time pending the adoption of the Stabilisation and Association Agreement which is a pre-requisite to adopt the FP7 Memorandum of Understanding. The EC is making every effort to ensure entry into force in the coming months (mid 2007).

Article published in eJournal winter 06/07.
Information provided by Tania Friederichs, EC, DG Research.

Entry created by Elke Dall on March 5, 2007
Modified on March 6, 2007