France and Montenegro have been part of the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO) since 2017. In addition, France supports Montenegro’s European horizons.
- At the Poznan Summit, Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, met with Ms Amélie de Montchalin, French Minister of State for European Affairs.
- 25 March 2019: Mr Aleksandar Bogdanović, Montenegrin Minister of Culture, met with his French counterpart, Mr Franck Riester, during a visit to Paris.
- 11 December 2018: Mr Srdjan Darmanović, Montenegrin Minister of Foreign Affairs, took part in a ministerial meeting in Paris to discuss the fight against firearms trafficking in the Western Balkans.
- 11 November 2018: Mr Milo Djukanović, the President of Montenegro, took part in the 11 November commemorations.
- 12 June 2018: the Montenegrin Minister of Defence, Mr Predrag Bosković, met with his French counterpart, Ms Florence Parly, on the sidelines of the Eurosatory trade fair in France.
- 4 July 2016: the Montegrin Prime Minister, Mr Milo Djukanović, visited France for the Western Balkans Summit in Paris.
- 10 December 2014: the Montegrin Prime Minister, Mr Milo Djukanović, met with the French President, Mr François Hollande, during a visit to Paris.
Website of the embassy of France in Montenegro : [https://me.ambafrance.org/-Visites-bilaterales→https://me.ambafrance.org/-Visites-bilaterales-]
Bilateral economic relations are still limited, but opportunities exist in fields such as tourism (French nationals are the leading tourists from the EU), renewable energy and agriculture. In 2018, bilateral trade amounted to €33.1 million. The France-Montenegro business circle was set up in Podgorica on 27 November 2017 in order to support the establishment and development of French businesses in Montenegro and strengthen ties between French and Montenegrin businesses.
Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation
As part of EU cooperation with Montenegro, France is supporting reforms in the country by providing expertise, especially on the modernization of administrations, the management of regional authorities, agriculture, support for external trade, and environmental protection. A French international technical expert was seconded to the Montenegrin Ministry of the Interior until December 2018 in order to implement Chapter 24 of the EU acquis, “Justice, freedom and security”. His successor is currently being recruited.
Several initiatives support the use of the French language in Montenegro: the opening of the Montenegrin Institut Français (the former cultural centre) on 4 July 2011; Montenegro’s joining of the International Organisation of La Francophonie as an observer in October 2010; the opening of a French school in Podgorica at the beginning of the 2018 school year; and the renewal of the 2011 administrative arrangement in the field of education on 31 January 2018.
Website of the Institut Français in Podgorica: http://institutfrancais.me/fr/
Montenegro’s NATO membership offers new cooperation opportunities in the fields of security and defence. Montenegro has committed to several of the EU’s external operations (EUTM Mali, EU NAVFOR Atalanta).