For the 12th 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 12th JCC was held in Brussels and tackled the following issues:
- The current state of play in EU-Montenegro relations and the accession process
- Chapter 3: Right of establishment and freedom to provide services
- Chapter 24 : Justice, freedom and security, with a special focus on migration
- Overview of the civil society in Montenegro
A joint declaration was adopted at the meeting. The joint declaration is distributed to all relevant EU institutions, as well as to the Montenegrin authorities.