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VII Sectoral Monitoring Committee for Operational Program “Human Resource Development 2012-2013”

VII Sectoral Monitoring Committee for Operational Program “Human Resource Development 2012-2013”

The 7th meeting of the Sectoral Monitoring Committee (SMO) for the Operational Program "Human Resources Development 2012-2013" (IPA IV component) was held today, on 30th November 2017, starting at 10:00 am at the CentreVille Hotel in Podgorica.
In the introductory part, the participants were addressed by Co-chair of the Committee, Ljiljana Simović, Director General of the Directorate for European Integration and EU Funds and Head of the Operational Structure for the IPA IV Component from the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare and Rudi Delarue, Deputy Head of the International Affairs Unit at the Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (DG EMPL) of the European Commission.
Participants adopted meeting minutes from the previous Sectoral Meeting Committee held on June 22, 2017, as well as the agenda of the current meeting. In order to inform the Committee, the overall performance of the program was presented, as well as the level of program resources absorption - contracting and financing, implementation results, achievement of objectives and sustainability by priority axes and measures, implementation difficulties, challenges and lessons learned. Information related to the Communication Action Plan for the IPA Component IV, information related to the audit process, as well as information related to the ex post evaluation and closure of the program was also presented.
The meeting was attended by the members of the Committee, i.e. representatives of the European Commission and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare as Co-Chairmen of the Committee, representatives of the Delegation of the European Union in Montenegro, representatives of national institutions within the Operational Structure responsible for the implementation of measures and priorities of the OP (Ministry of Education, Ministry of Science), representatives of social partners and civil society.
After the meeting of the Committee, representatives of the European Commission, representatives of the Delegation of the European Union in Montenegro, as well as representatives of the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare also took the opportunity to visit the grant project "Get Hired and Tell the Story", implemented by the Centre for Investigative Journalism of Montenegro in partnership with the MONITOR Media and Democracy Center, implemented within the framework of the aforementioned Program. During the visit, the representatives had the opportunity to get acquainted with the achieved results.
A visit to another grant project "Social Economy for Employment in Montenegro - SEEM" is planned for the next day, on December 1, 2017. The project was implemented by FORS Montenegro - Development Foundation of the North of Montenegro in partnership with the Association Slap from Croatia. The total contract value of this project was 147,150.40 EUR.