CCE presents its views on the EU integration process and position of the civil society in Montenegro at the European Parliament

Daliborka Uljarević, Executive Director of the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), takes part tomorrow (6 March), at the conference organised at the European Parliament in Brussels and hosted by the MEP Maria Eleni Koppa (Rapporteur on Enlargement at the EP, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the EP) entitled „Enlargement in perspective: how do candidate and potential candidate countries perceive accession in the light of the current crisis“. On the occasion, she will have a presentation on how the accession process is perceived in Montenegro and which forces may endanger its successful outcome, putting a focus on the expectations that the civil society organisations have in terms of democratization of the country, overall position of the civil society and relations with diverse stakeholders.

The conference is organised by the Socialist and Democratic Group in the European Parliament with the support of Solidar, FEPS (Foundation for European Progressive Studies) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation as a follow up of the report that the MEP Maria Eleni Koppa presented on enlargement process. The event is aimed to have an insight overlook on the candidates and potential candidates giving voice to academia, civil society organisations and trade unions of these countries. The first session tackled perceptions of these states regarding the European Union, while in the second session an analysis on the role of civil society and trade union networks will be made.

In the framework of this central event, Uljarević will also participate in a thematic seminar organised by the European Network of Political Foundations on 6 March, which focused on the relationship between sustainable democratic changes and engagement with civic and political actors in enlargement and in neighbouring country.

The participation of Daliborka Uljarević, as the only representative from Montenegro, was supported by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation. In addition, in two days visit to Brussels Uljarević will number of bilateral meetings with different representatives of the EU institutions and international organisations based in Brussels in order to discuss with them the challenges of the European integration process as well as the position of the critical voices from civil society in Montenegro.

Chiara Gaia Iascone, Programme Associate