Euro-Atlantic integration

European integration in the Western Balkans remains one of the last challenges for building a democratic and united Europe. The prospect of integration into the EU and NATO is a powerful driver of reforms, economic prosperity and rule of law. They represent participation in European decision-making table and guarantees for security.

CEDEM is recognized as an organization strongly promoting Euro-Atlantic values. One of its activities in this area is writing policy proposals and policy briefs on the processs of Montenegro's integration with NATO. In cooperation with foundations Konrad Adenauer (Germany) and Robert Schuman (France), CEDEM organizes an annual regional conference, "European integration of Western Balkan countries - challenges and constraints", which is attended by high-ranking officials, representatives of international organizations and diplomatic corps and the academic community, civil society and media. Representatives of CEDEM are organizers or participants in many panel discussions, presentations and public debates on this topic. Through this department, CEDEM is successfully implementing an educational program on the EU, designed for the best students of the social science faculties in Montenegro.


 

vladanVladan Simonovic, President of CEDEM's Steering Committee participated 8th Balkan Communication Network conference: "Economic and Security Integration in Balkans: Opportunities and Challenges" held on 7th November in Edirne, Turkey.


tribinaBeraneCenter for Dmocracy and Human Rights – CEDEM, in partnership with NGO "Spona", Berane organized public debate For or Against accession of Montenegro to NATO, aimed on fostering open dialogue as one of the most efficient mechanism of increasing public awareness on NATO issue. Debate was held 30 October in Polimski museum, Berane.


EU - Commission building gallery displayPolish Institute of International Affairs published a report which refers to the role of civil society in the accession process of the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro) to the European Union. The report covers the involvement of civil society in the reforms concerning justice system, civic education, protection and promotion of human rights and migration, with special emphasis on the scope and quality of cooperation between the governments of the Western Balkan countries and civil society in implementing the EU membership benchmarks.


EUcommCEDEM' s representative, Mrs. Marija Vuksanovic took part in the event which was organized on the occasion of closing the first phase of the Framework Partnership Agreement that was held in Brussels on 23/24 September. The event served for discussing the results and outlining lessons learnt during the implementation of FPA projects in the previous two years. On the sidelines of this event, a regional meeting of partners in Advocating for Open Government project was held. It was dedicated to the planning and implementation of related project activities.


US Embassy SealProject of Necessity of Accountable, Transparent and Open choice – NATO choice is aimed on strengthening local civic participation and increasing public awareness on importance of NATO integration process. Key activity of this project is establishing citizens' taskforce as innovative, highly participatory mechanism which will encourage ordinary local citizens to actively participate and contribute to better understanding of the Euro-Atlantic integrations. Local partner on this project is NGO "Spona", Berane and project is financially supported by American Embassy, Podgorica.