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BSC Leaders Meetings Podgorica: “Montenegro after the presidential elections: Fast forward towards EU?” 

April 7, 2023 by BSC


The Belgrade Centre for Security Policy and Institute Alternative (IA) are pleased to announce the BSC Leaders Meeting, the first in the series, which will take place on 12 April 2023., at Hotel Hilton in Podgorica, under the title: “Montenegro after the presidential elections: Fast forward towards EU?” 

It is organised in the immediate aftermath of the country’s presidential elections. Montenegro is a frontrunner in the EU accession negotiations. Its chances of becoming the 28th EU member state in the foreseeable future are arguably greater than any other candidate for EU membership.

Whether Montenegro will succeed depends on the EU’s political capacity to absorb new members but also on Montenegro’s ability to reform itself. Together with the distinguished panel of international and domestic speakers, we will discuss the likely scenarios of Montenegro’s accession path, the main hurdles, and opportunities.




10:00 – 10:05 Opening remarks

· Igor Bandović, Director, Belgrade Centre for Security Policy


10:05 – 11:05 Panel discussion

· Jakov Milatović, President-elect of Montenegro

· Dritan Abazović, the Prime Minister of Montenegro

· Rosa Balfour, Director, Carnegie Europe

· Milena Muk, Public Policy Researcher, Institute Alternative

Moderator: Srdjan Cvijić, President of the International Advisory Committee of the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy


11:05 – 11:30 Q&A


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BSC Leaders Meetings are half-day events gathering foreign and security policy communities throughout the Western Balkans. Their objective is for the Belgrade Security Conference discussions to continue throughout the year in all countries of the region.

Each event is composed of a public panel with regional political leaders and back-to-back Chatham House discussions with international and regional experts on the most pressing foreign and security matters. Throughout the event, a distinguished panel of international and domestic speakers will try to assess the future of democratic reforms, regional cooperation, and the place of the Western Balkans in global politics.