Support for rural development in Montenegro

Research Area: Legal framework
Scientific coordinator: Antonio Fici
Project Manager: Antonio Fici

Project status: concluded


The research project is part of the European Commission programme IPA – Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance 2008-2013, which provides assistance on the basis of the European Partnerships of the potential candidate countries and the Accession Partnerships of the candidate countries.
As the IPA is intended to be a flexible tool, the support it provides depends on the progress made by the beneficiary countries and their needs, based on what emerges from the Commission’s evaluations and annual strategy documents.


The project’s main aim was to propose a draft law for cooperative enterprises and at the same time to raise awareness among practitioners in the sector about the potential of cooperatives as driving forces behind rural development.

Main results

The work of the consortium, which included Euricse, developed in three directions: legislative support for the preparation of a sector-based law on cooperatives in rural areas, capacity building carried out through training courses for the local partners and an awareness-raising campaign involving workshops and working groups and the participation of citizens and practitioners in rural areas.

European program:  IPA – Instrument for the Pre Accession Assistance 2008

Project duration: August 2011- September 2012

Coordinator:  Cooperatives Europe

Partners: Euricse; COSV ( Comitato di Coordinamento delleOrgnizzazioni per il Servizio Volontario), Italia; CECOP (European Confederation of Worker Co-operatives, Social Co-operatives and Social and Participative Enterprises) EU; UCM (Unione delle Cooperative del Montenegro) e il Ministero montenegrino dell’agricoltura.

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