In the framework of the project “Support to the Development of Policies for Efficient Use of Resources”, inter-ministerial workshop took place at the Ministry for Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro from 5 to 7 June 2018.

On the initiative of the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Podgorica, the project is implemented in the framework of the Slovenia’s development cooperation programme with Montenegro and in the framework of the assistance of Slovenia to Montenegro in the accession to the EU.

Workshop started with an introduction speech by Mr. Ešef Husić, Acting Director General for Climate Changes and Mediterranean Issues, Ms. Aleša Sovinc, Minister Plenipotentiary, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Podgorica and Ms. Andreja Dolničar Jeraj, Programme Director from the Centre for European Perspective. Educational and interactive part of the workshop was carried out by Ms. Marjana Dermelj, Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Cohesion Policy and Ms. Alenka Burja, green public procurement expert.

In a three-day interactive workshop, representatives of the Montenegrin public administration got acquainted with trends of the European Union and Slovenian experiences on strategic planning, resource efficiency, circular economy and green public procurement.

In this way, Republic of Slovenia assured tangible support to Montenegro in its efforts of achieving one of the national strategic goals – to lower the gap between consumption of natural resources and average consumption of resources in the EU. Their goal is to become greener and more competitive and reach target value from the Agenda Europe 2020.

At the end of the workshop, participants discussed about the implementation of certain concrete policy activities in the field of resource efficiency, circular economy and green public procurement, which could have positive effect on the impetus to the realization of the Action plan on sustainable development and where continuous support of Republic of Slovenia would be valued.

Project is part of program activities implemented in the cooperation with theGovernment Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy and financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia in the framework of Slovenia’s Development Cooperation.

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