State Secretary, Chief Negotiator for Montenegro’s Accession to EU
With relatively small population and territory, Montenegro is divided into 23 municipalities, but classified as one region in all four NUTS level. Regional development policy as a direct preparation for the implementation of measures of the EU cohesion policy is among the priority development policies of Montenegro. Therefore, Montenegro is committed to building a system for the implementation of the EU structural instruments through the implementation of IPA including the negotiation process under Chapter 22 – Regional policy and coordination of structural instruments. Regarding the future institutional framework for the use of ESI funds upon accession, Montenegro has decided to establish a centralized institutional structure with Single Managing Authority and limited number of intermediate bodies. In the area of territorial cooperation during the period 2007-2013 Montenegro implemented and benefited so far from 204 cross-border cooperation projects with total value of EUR 35 million, being the country with highest number of projects comparing to other WB countries. During the financial perspective 2014-2020 Montenegro will participate in 4 bilateral CBC programmes (with Albania, Kosovo, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina), 2 trilateral programmes (Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro and Italy – Albania – Montenegro) and 3 transnational programmes (Adriatic – Ionian Programme, Danube Programme and Mediterranean Programme).