Meeting With Philip Reeker, U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State

President of the Managing Board of Institute Alternative, Stevo Muk, executive director of Centre for Civic Education, Daliborka Uljarevic, and executive director of Centre for Development of Non-Governmental Organisations, Ana Novakovic, met today in Podgorica with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Philip Reeker.

Political and socio-economic situation, the role of civil society in pursuing social reforms, cooperation between the Government and civil society organizations, Montenegro’s European and NATO integrations, were among the topics discussed at the meeting. Mr. Reeker showed interest for the cooperation of civil society with the Government, as well as for the issues relevant for the further democratic development of the country.

Representatives of the non-governmental sector pointed to the significance of social and economic problems in Montenegro and to the lack of efficient implementation of the laws and other acts, which are supposed to ensure the rule of law. All the participants agreed that the role of Montenegrin civil society was still very significant. Mr. Reeker, by highlighting support for the further progress in Montenegro’s European and NATO integration, emphasised the readiness of the U.S. to continue with the support to the non-governmental organisations in the country.

The meeting was also attended by the U.S. ambassador in Montenegro, Sue K. Brown, and by the chief of the U.S. embassy’s political-economic section, John Konney.

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