Montenegro Advances in harmonization of legislation with EU Standards in the field of Civil Use of Explosives

In an effort to bring Montenegro's legislation in line with European Union standards, the Workshop on Draft Law on Civil Use of Explosives was held in Podgorica on 22 and 23 February.  The workshop brought together members of the working group formed by the Ministry of Interior of Montenegro and representatives from relevant ministries governing various aspects of explosives for civil usage.

The primary objective of the workshop was to facilitate the drafting of the Law on Civil Use of Explosives and the relevant bylaws. SEESAC provided expert support during the workshop to assist in drafting the new legislation, ensuring it aligns seamlessly with the relevant EU regulatory framework. This initiative reflects SEESAC's ongoing commitment to supporting Montenegro in combatting threats posed by illicit trafficking of small arms, light weapons, and explosives.

In the opening remarks, Mr. Miodrag Bešović, Acting Director General at the Directorate for Protection and Rescue, Ministry of the Interior, thanked SEESAC for its continuous support, and emphasized the importance of this initiative in enhancing Montenegro's regulatory landscape, fostering alignment with international standards, and promoting safety.

The workshop was organized within the framework of the European Union Council Decision (CFSP) 2019/2111, amended by the Council Decision (CFSP) 2024/381 in support of SEESAC disarmament and arms control activities in Southeast Europe.