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Montenegro - Meeting between Harlem Désir and his counterpart, Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic (Paris, June 1, 2016)

Harlem Désir, Minister of State for European Affairs, will today receive Aleksandar Andrija Pejovic, State Secretary for European Integration and Chief Negotiator for Negotiations on the Accession of Montenegro to the European Union.

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Bilateral relations

France’s actions in Montenegro aim first and foremost to support the country’s process of European integration through, on one hand, actions supporting administrative capacity building and the implementation of structural reforms, and, on the other hand, providing French language training to government officials and the elite.

In terms of the offering of French expertise on European IPA programmes (twinnings or contracts), our country, with other EU Member States, was associated in 2007-2008 with the twinning supporting institutions with a view to European integration, and in 2009 was awarded a rural development twinning (establishment of the management agency for European agricultural funds). A French-language teaching programme is conducted with administrative officials responsible for European dossiers. A training action was launched in favour of creating a breeding ground for qualified French-speaking interpreters and translators.

The following can be mentioned in the area of support for the promotion and dissemination of French in the university and secondary school systems: cooperation agreements between the University of Montenegro and the Universities of Tours (2003) and Strasbourg 2 (2005), and the University of Sophia Antipolis in Nice (2009), actions to train teachers and students of the Chair of French language in Nikšic, the Foreign Languages Institute in Podgorica, the Faculty of Tourism in Kotor, support for bilingual studies at the Podgorica Faculty of Economics and French-speaking associations, the granting of scholarships to students.

In October 2010, at the end of the 13th Francophonie Summit in Montreux, Switzerland, Montenegro was admitted to the OIF as an observer.

On 12 May 2011 in Podgorica, the OIF and Montenegro signed a memorandum on the implementation of a French training programme in the Montenegrin government, conducted in partnership with the French Community of Belgium, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and France.

Updated on 22.07.11



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