Mašković: Institutions determined to achieve credible results in the fields of innovation, social policy...

"In accordance with the new methodology accepted by Montenegro, our key priority remains the achievement of measurable results in chapters 23 and 24, despite the current political situation in Montenegro," Mašković said.

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Photo: General Secretariat of the Government
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State Secretary in the Ministry of European Affairs, Aleksandar Mašković, said that the representatives of competent institutions are determined to improve the situation in the areas that are the subject of the Subcommittee for Innovation, Human Resources, Information Society and Social Policy, achieving credible results on the ground.

Mašković opened the twelfth meeting of the Subcommittee and on that occasion pointed out that their key priority in accordance with the new methodology accepted by Montenegro remains the achievement of measurable results in chapters 23 and 24, despite the current political situation in Montenegro.

He pointed out that representatives of competent institutions are determined to improve the situation in the areas that are the subject of this Subcommittee, achieving credible results on the ground.

"With the support of the EU, especially through financial support within the IPA II and IPA III perspectives, as well as through Horizon 2020 and the Horizon Europe program, I am sure that in the coming period we can do even better things," said Mašković.

He pointed out that there are many challenges in the mentioned areas and that it is very important to improve the policy of investment in human capacities, especially by providing young people with the opportunity to learn and specialize and thus keep them in Montenegro.

Head of the Unit for Montenegro and Serbia in the General Directorate for Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), Michael Miller, who presided over the meeting on behalf of the European Commission, said that the geopolitical changes had a negative impact on Montenegro as well, but that they also represent a strengthened momentum for the accession process. In this context, he recalled that EC President Fonder Lajen, in her State of the Union speech last month, reiterated her commitment to the enlargement policy and reminded of the importance of Montenegro's compliance with the sanctions imposed on Russia due to its aggression against Ukraine.

Miller pointed out the importance of policies concerning this Subcommittee - education, science, employment, social care, and information society and media, and emphasized that 2023 will be the year of skills.

The State Secretary in the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare, Edina Dešić, pointed out that the Government is strongly committed and works responsibly to improve the situation in the areas of human resources, education, cultural cooperation and youth policy, science, research and innovation, social cooperation, social dialogue, social protection and inclusion, Roma population, gender equality, movement of workers, information society and media.

"In the period between the two subcommittees, we made certain advances in the mentioned areas in terms of alignment with the EU acquis. We also share a common vision with our EU partners about the importance of young people in building a better future – one that is more inclusive, digital and green. In this direction, we support youth participation and dialogue, youth employment and entrepreneurship, as well as green transition and digitalization through the Youth Guarantee Program," said Dešić.

At the meeting, representatives of Montenegrin institutions presented the results achieved during the previous period, ongoing and planned activities in the area of ​​harmonization of national legislation with the EU acquis and strengthening of administrative capacities, participation in projects and their implementation.

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