“The Ministry of Justice of Montenegro, in cooperation with the European Union and the Council of Europe in the framework of the joint program “Horizontal Facility for the Western Balkans and Turkey”, organizes the round table “Judicial reforms in Montenegro – achievements, challenges and perspectives“ which will take place on 26 March 2018 in hotel Hilton in Podgorica.

The goal of the round table is to summarize the results achieved so far by national institutions in the judicial reform process in the period 2014-2018, which is covered by the current Strategy for the Reform of the Judiciary, and to present the current challenges and expected interventions that would be covered by the Strategy for the Reform of the Judiciary for the forthcoming four-year period.” (Council of Europe)

“Montenegro’s top diplomat has recognized a trio of current and former U.S. legislators for their work strengthening the partnership between the United States and the Balkan nation, which is NATO’s newest member.

Calling Podgorica’s June 2017 accession to the transatlantic military alliance his nation’s top foreign policy objective, Montenegro Foreign Minister Srdjan Darmanovic personally presented medals to former U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, Ohio Representative Mike Turner (R)  and Arizona Senator John McCain (R), who was unable to attend the event.

Their support for Montenegro’s 2017 accession to NATO, along with efforts to further integrate Podgorica with the Euro-Atlantic community, Darmanovic said, has proven critical to bolstering the country’s international status.

Presented with the Order of the Montenegrin Great Star, Biden, who also spoke on behalf of McCain, who is undergoing treatment for brain cancer, called it “a genuine honor to receive the highest award that the country has to give.”

‘I got engaged in the Balkans very early on, as a senator on the Foreign Relations Committee, when [Josep Broz] Tito was still the president of Yugoslavia. I’ve always believed that until southeastern Europe is fully integrated in Europe, there will never be full peace and security in Europe,’ he said. ‘Our ability to conduct foreign policy in the world rests upon a stable, growing and democratic Europe.'” (VoA)