For the 13th time, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and Montenegro held the Civil Society Joint Consultative Committee (JCC). The JCC is a civil society platform established between the EESC and Montenegrin civil society. It complements with a civil society point of view the EU institutional framework related to the Stabilisation and Association Agreement between the EU and Montenegro. This joint institution allows civil society organisations on both sides to monitor the country's accession negotiations. It is also a platform to discuss issues of common interest and to inform the public at large on the challenges ahead during the accession period.
This 13th JCC was held in Podgorica and tackled issues such as:
- The current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations and the accession process
- Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Chapter 27 of the accession negotiations – Environment and climate change
- Overview of the media and civil society in Montenegro
A joint declaration was adopted at the meeting. The joint declaration will be distributed to all relevant EU institutions, as well as to the Montenegrin authorities.