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... development, food safety, veterinary and phytosanitary policy. There has been backsliding in the area of public procurement. Looking ahead, Montenegro should focus in particular on competition policy, environment and climate change and public procurement. Strengthening the administrative capacity for ensuring the application of the acquis remains a substantial challenge for Montenegro. Montenegro has continued to align with all EU common foreign and security policy positions and declarations.   Key dates   June 2003: Thessaloniki Summit: EU perspective for the Western Balkans is confirmed June 2006: the EU decides to establish relations with Montenegro as a sovereign and independent state October 2007: The ...
... accession. This year for the first time the two packages have been synchronised, highlighting the importance of the functioning economy in advancing on the EU path. BACKGROUND Enlargement process The current enlargement agenda covers the partners of the Western Balkans and Turkey. Accession negotiations have been opened with candidate countries Montenegro (2012), Serbia (2014), Turkey (2005). The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is a candidate country since 2005 and Albania obtained candidate status in 2014. Bosnia and Herzegovina (application to join the EU submitted in February 2016) and Kosovo (Stabilisation and Association Agreement entered into force in April 2016) are potential ...
... fragmentation and polarisation have adversely affected the role of the Assembly and have impacted the effectiveness of the government. Unacceptable actions by a number of parliamentarians during the reporting period, such as the use of teargas, have disrupted parliamentary proceedings. However, the ratification of the border/boundary demarcation agreement with Montenegro in March 2018 was an important breakthrough. Parliamentary and municipal elections, held in 2017, were generally competitive and well‑administered in most places in Kosovo. However, patterns of intimidation within many Kosovo Serb communities, targeting particularly candidates not belonging to the Srpska Lista party, raised concerns. The investigation of the ...
... regions or countries under the umbrella of EU Cohesion Policy since 2014. For WBC, pursuing a national or regional smart specialisation process is not obligatory but highly recommended because of the strategic vision it helps create. This is why WBC are currently preparing or starting their EDPs. While Serbia and Montenegro are kicking off their EDPs, other WBC are preparing to do so. Judging from the example of EU regions and countries in pursuing their EDPs but also from prior participative public-private policy-making processes such as cluster policy, WBC will most likely encounter some typical problems they will have to overcome ...
During the event, teams from Serbia and Montenegro were trained on how to pursue the Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) critical for the smart specialisation process. Teams from the other WBC were trained on the goals and objectives of smart specialisation, on the importance and structure of the EDP, on possibilities for technical assistance from JRC, and on the ...
... Discussion: Why is it so important to focus on S3 R&I capacity building efforts? 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break   11:00 – 12:30 Development of regional research infrastructures based on smart specialisation and industry cooperation • International Research Facility in South East Europe and related efforts – updates (Montenegro, European Commission, Croatia, Bulgaria) • Linking of accompanying research infrastructure efforts across the region and beyond (European Commission) • Socio-economic impact of research infrastructures (European Commission) • Input by Western Balkan 6 and all stakeholders • Discussion   12:30 – 13:30 Conclusions on the further integration of the Western Balkans into existing knowledge ...
... divided into two parts, depending on the status of smart specialisation development in the participating countries and economies: For Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia it is an introduction to smart specialisation governance and guidance on creation national smart specialisation teams; For Serbia and Montenegro it is a training enabling entrepreneurial discovery process (EDP) coordinators and facilitators to prepare and organize it in accordance with the smart specialisation methodology. Participants: Group 1: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo* and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: representatives of institutions relevant for the smart specialisation process: ministries of ...
33% The Berlin Process 2014-2018 Document 20. Mar. 2018
This report is part of the the Berlin Process Series, an initiative started by Cooperation and Development Institute (CDI), in November 2015, in Tirana, and supported by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Hanns Seidel Foundation. It has taken the following form: • Research on the Berlin process and its priority areas: Berlin process being a thinly documented process, CDI has contributed to create a body of knowledge, as well as to gather in one place major documents ...
... notice for the Call as well as the application package at following webpage The Call Reference is Europe Aid/138-552/ID/ACT/ME, under the National Programme IPA 2014 (indirect management mode with ex ante control) aims at further enhancing the business environment and competitiveness of the private sector of Montenegro, through strengthening the administrative capacity and operational framework for coordination, planning and implementation within the Competitiveness and Innovation sector, through targeted support for development, research and innovation ...
... stakeholders from EU member states and South-east Europe countries, including the Western Balkans. Participants are likely to include: research and innovation policy-makers, scientists, businesses, regional authorities as well as representatives of academia and technology transfer offices. Up to 250 participants are expected. Selected participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, may request reimbursement of the travel and accommodation costs. Selection for reimbursement will be based on reason for submission, interest for participation, organisation, position in the organisation and appropriate geographical balance. *This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in ...
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