The “Montenegro” project is part of the European Commission Programme IPA 2008 - supporting measures, which offers assistance to countries aspiring to join the European Union during the period 2007-2013. Assistance is provided on the basis of the European partnerships of the potential candidate countries and the Accession partnerships of the candidate countries, which means the Western Balkan countries and Turkey. The lead partner of the project is Cooperatives Europe; Euricse, COSV (Coordination Committee of Organizations for Voluntary Service), CECOP (European Confederation of Worker Cooperatives, Social Cooperatives and Social and Participative Enterprises), UCM (Union of Cooperatives Montenegro) and the Montenegrin Ministry of Agriculture are the other partners.
The project has three main activities: legislative support with the preparation of general and other relevant sector-based laws on cooperative enterprises for rural development; capacity-building activities to be carried out through training for local partners; an awareness-raising campaign through workshops and working groups and participation of citizens involved in rural areas. The main objective of the project is to propose a draft law for cooperative enterprises and at the same time raise the awareness of practitioners regarding the potential of cooperatives as engines of rural development. The agreement was signed on the 23rd of January, 2011, which is considered the starting date of this year-long project.
The results will be presented at the beginning of 2012.
Coordinator: Antonio Fici, University of Molise
The lead partner of the poject is the Cooperatives Europe; partners are: Euricse, COSV (Comitato di Coordinamento delle Organizzazioni per il Servizio Volontario), CECOP (European Confederation of Worker Co-operatives, Social Co-operatives and Social and Participative Enterprises); UCM (Union of Cooperatives in Montenegro) and the Ministery of Agriculture in Montenegro.