Status update

November 10, 2011

Montenegrin minister signs international agreement of the REC

On October 28, the Republic of Montenegro became the second country to sign an international agreement on the legal status of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC). The signing comes just more than three weeks after Latvia became the first country to ink the agreement, on October 5.

MAKING HISTORY: Montenegro becomes the first Balkan country to sign the agreement. Photo: REC archives

The official ceremony took place at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of the Republic of Montenegro Predrag Sekulic signing in the presence of his compatriot, Vanja Brailo, Ambassador of Montenegro to Hungary. Barbara Baller, Deputy Head of the International Law Department, and Adam Petheo , Deputy Head of the Department for the West Balkan region, were on hand to welcome the Montenegrin delegation.

During his official visit to Hungary, Minister Sekulic affirmed his support for finalising the status harmonisation process of the REC, saying that by signing the international agreement, the Republic of Montenegro will complement the bilateral host country agreement and contribute to further positioning the REC as an international organsation in the region.

Montenegro is the first country from South Eastern Europe to become a party to the international agreement, thus underpinning a bilateral host country agreement concluded in 2004 between the Republic of Montenegro and the REC. This is an important step towards the organisation's status, which promises to bring key benefits both to the REC and its beneficiary countries.