Centre for Civic Education, Centre for Development of non-governmental organisations and European Movement in Montenegro with the support of the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Serbia and Montenegro, published an announcement on 25 April 2006, regarding a study visit to EU, within the “Learn about EU personally” project.
The earnestness of the wish of Montenegrin citizens to learn about EU is best illustrated by the fact, in the span of some 16 days, 142 candidates applied. Out of that number there are 54.22% women and 45, 77% men. As for their level of education, among the applicants are 5 PhDs, 7 people with Masters’ degrees, 97 with Bachelor degrees, 2 with a completed high school education, 3 high school pupils and 28 students.
Most candidates for the study visit to EU came from the government institutions and from among the student population (19,72% each), followed by the NGO activists (14,79%), entrepreneurs (9,86%), and finally those working for international organisations and local governments (7,04% each). Those coming from the University and the media made up 4. 93 % of all applicants, while 4,23% came from among the political party representatives, who expressed their wish to learn about the EU in this way. 2,11% came from the ranks of judiciary, but only 1,41% representatives of the trade unions and education services seem interested in seeing the EU at work in Brussels. 0.7% of doctors and 2.11 % of high school pupils want to see how the EU functions in Brussels.
Centre for Civic Education will, together with the project partners and donors, organise an interview with all candidates, and thereafter the selection committee will assemble a delegation consisting of 10 members that will have the chance to learn about the EU institutions in Brussels, and represent Montenegro in this visit.
The delegation will be received by the European parliament members, and attend a series of meetings in different Directorates of the European Commission, Council of the EU, European Economic and Social Committee, Committee of the Regions, as well as in the permanent missions of Austria and Finland, and a few leading non-governmental organisations in Brussels.