Delegates express unanimous support for Montenegro State Secretary Sasa Radulovic at REC General Assembly Meeting
The General Assembly of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) met in Budapest on Friday, December 1, 2017, welcoming eight new members and electing a new president. The new President of the REC General Assembly (GA) is Sasa Radulovic, Montenegro’s State Secretary of the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to preside over this meeting of the General Assembly,” said Mr. Radulovic. “By coming together in this forum, we all recognise our common mission to achieve greater transparency, sustainability and European integration in Central, South Eastern and Eastern Europe."
The REC has enjoyed a very fruitful cooperation with the Government of Montenegro. REC Montenegro was established in 2004, and has been involved since then in implementing several large-scale projects at local, national and regional levels. The Government of Montenegro recognises the REC as one of the best-positioned implementation mechanisms available.
“The REC’s capacity as a provider of technical expertise and services in environment, energy, climate and other related fields is noteworthy,” Radulovic continued, “therefore our government is committed to further supporting its mission in the country and at regional level.”
As Radulovic observed in his remarks, we live in a rapidly evolving environment that is bringing changes to financial frameworks and the types of requirements imposed on international organisations and other service providers. The REC is rapidly adapting to a new era of financial and technical requirements, while at the same time retaining the essence of its mission and international character. A stronger REC focus on supporting its beneficiaries and stakeholders in fulfilling the EU Neighbourhood Policy and EU Enlargement process is, according to the new General Assembly President, of paramount importance.
“During my mandate, I intend to promote regional cooperation as a key tool for achieving long-lasting impacts. I would also like to see the REC General Assembly function as a unique regional cooperation instrument that brings together beneficiary countries with EU member states,” Radulovic concluded.
The REC General Assembly is the main advisory and proposition-making organ of the REC Board of Directors. Its members are nominated by the governments of the donor and recipient countries upon the request of the Board of Directors.