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15th meeting of the EU-Montenegro Joint Consultative Committee
09h30 – 11h15 Inaugural session
Opening remarks by Andrej ZORKO and Pavle D. RADOVANOVIĆ, co chairs of the EU-Montenegro Joint Consultative Committee (JCC)
Current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations, including 2021 Montenegro Report
H.E. Oana-Cristina POPA, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro (virtually)
Petar MARKOVIĆ, Ambassador and Head of Mission of Montenegro to the European Union
Zorka KORDIĆ, Montenegro's Chief Negotiator with the European Union (virtually)
Stevo MUK, President of the Managing Board, Institute Alternative (IA) (virtually)
11h15 – 11h30 Coffee break
11h30 – 13h00 Revised enlargement methodology – Cluster 1: The Fundamentals of the Accession Process, with a special focus on Economic Criteria, Public procurement, Statistics and Financial Control and the response to the COVID-19 pandemic
Presentation of the reports:
Srđa KEKOVIĆ, member of Montenegrin delegation to the EU-Montenegro JCC
Gordana ĐUROVIĆ, member of Montenegrin delegation to the EU-Montenegro JCC (virtually)
Antonio SANCHEZ PAREJA, Economic and financial desk officer for Montenegro, DG ECFIN, European Commission
Krzysztof ZUREK, Montenegro Unit, DG NEAR
EESC members on EU response to the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Violeta JELIĆ, Group I (REX/542 and REX/547)
- Andrej ZORKO, Group II (SOC/685, SOC/700)
- Ionuţ SIBIAN, Group III
13h00 – 14h30 Lunch break
14h30 – 15h30 Overview of the civil society situation in Montenegro
Gordana ĐUROVIĆ, member of Montenegrin delegation to the EU Montenegro JCC (virtually)
Daliborka ULJAREVIĆ, Executive Director, Centre for Civic Education
Tatiana ROMON, Montenegro Unit, DG NEAR, European Commission
Ana MARIGUESA, Programme Manager Civil Society, Delegation of the EU in Montenegro (virtually)