EU project “First Line”in Budva: Montenegrin practitioners are committed to develop capacities for an efficient response to radicalisation, in close cooperation with international partners supported by the IISG
The EU-supported project “First Line” gathered practitioners dealing with radicalisation issues in Budva, Montenegro, to raise awareness and to discuss and develop a potential model in Montenegro, which would enable an efficient and effective response to radicalisation that leads to violent extremism. State Secretary of the Montenegrin Ministry of Interior Mr. Dragan Pejanović welcomed and encouraged the project team made up of Slovenian, Austrian, Belgian and EU RAN CoE experts and the IISG Chair Mr. Rajko Kozmelj to further support the Montenegrin practitioners / first-liners in their effort of developing a suitable multi-stakeholder approach on P-CVE for Montenegro. On behalf of the Montenegrin government, he expressed his full support to the further development of modern EU and other international relevant standards. The IISG International partners, UNDP and OSCE contributed to an unprecedented high level of quality in this well-represented event, as was reiterated by both the Head of the OSCE Mission to Montenegro H.E. Ambassador Maryse Daviet and the IISG Chair Mr. Kozmelj.
During the event, all relevant partners representing both state and local authorities, Montenegrin government, as well as non-governmental actors, successfully raised the level of mutual awareness of the radicalisation process. Even more importantly, they initiated a multi-stakeholder cooperation with a clear plan for its further development towards a sustainable and efficient “Prevent-Refer-Address (P-R-A) mechanism” for Montenegro. The IISG Chairmanship committed to continue full support to Montenegrin authorities together with its partners (esp. OSCE, UNDP, IOM, RCC, UNODC and many others) in line with the IISG principle of complementarity and in line with the agreed priorities of the WBCTi 2018-2020 Integrative Plan of Action (iPA), where the persisting policy gap on P-CVE and complementary action on part of the international community are one of the highest priorities defined by the Western Balkan ministers of interior/security.