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Report on Assessment, Transparency and Accountability in the Montenegrin Governance System
National Democratic Institute
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This study describes the purpose, methodology and findings of a pilot assessment of Montenegro's progress in achieving the political dimensions of the Copenhagen Criteria. It focuses on the extent to which the governance system in Montenegro is transparent and accountable, and therefore, focuses on the ability of governance institutions to guarantee democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the respect for and protection of minorities.
With a focus on accountability and transparency, the National Democratic Institute (NDI or the Institute) developed an assessment framework to measure indicators of those governance principles necessary for the state to guarantee democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and respect for and protection of minorities. Funded by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), through the Capacity Development Program (CDP) – NDI designed the framework and conducted an assessment of the Montenegrin governance system by reviewing the country’s laws regulating operations of public institutions and evaluating their
implementation. The Institute and CDP anticipate that public officials, civil society or government monitoring groups, and ordinary citizens can use the assessment framework as a tool to monitor Montenegro’s progress in adopting and implementing reforms necessary for compliance with the political components of the Copenhagen Criteria – preconditions for accession to the European Union (EU)