European Movement in Montenegro had a pleasure to be a host of Congress of European Movement International, which from 21 November to 23 November, 2013 gathered representatives of this reputable international non-governmental network of organizations, other high guests from government and nongovernment sector from countries in the region and EU, as well as representatives of EU institutions. To be host on this event was great honor for EMIM, as one of the youngest members of the network, and for Montenegro it was opportunity to welcome important persons from the most influential nongovernmental organizations of the EU and region, as well as High Representatives from EU institutions and governments in the region. This was a sort of promotion for Montenegro, both for its achievements on its path to membership in EU, as well as for other values which make it attractive tourist and investment destination.
The Congress in Montenegro attached to congresses that were held in past years in Ljubljana and in Istanbul, which gave excellent results, gathering between 150 and 200 prominent guests. General topic of this year’s Congress was “Strengthening capacities of the civil society for contribution to the process of European Integrations in candidate countries and potential candidates for membership to EU”. Among other dignitaries were present Mr. Milo Djukanović, Prime Minister of Montenegro, Mr. Igor Lukšić, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integrations, Mr. Mitja Drobnič, Head of Delegation of the EU in Montenegro, Mr. Branko Ružić, Minister for European Integrations in Government of Republic of Serbia and other High Representatives from public and civil sector in countries of the region and Europe.
Objectives of Congress include:
- Gathering of representatives OCS from candidate countries and potential candidates and countries EU27/28, representatives of EU institutions and representatives of national, regional and local authorities, as they could exchange views about role of civil society.
- Encouraging of civil society role in fields as education, public debate and advocacy.
- Analysis of situation and achievements in organizations of civil society in countries candidates and potential candidates.
- Advocating for greater support from EU for civil society development.
- Promotion of all aspects of national reforms whish improve European Integration processes of candidate countries and potential candidates, especially in terms of civil society.
-Promotion of freedom of movement between EU and candidate countries and potential candidates, as well as realization of professional contacts.