Herceg Novi, July 8th 2009
Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, together with the donor conference for projects approved by the Commission for cross-border cooperation in case of natural and other disasters, as well as in the sphere of natural resource management on the tripartite border between Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia was held on July 8th in Herceg Novi.
Five projects approved by the Commission were presented on this conference. Among those projects, creation of the Regional Firefighting Center is the most significant one. Ministers Rocen (Montenegro), Jandrokovic (Croatia) and Alkalai (Bosnia and Herzegovina) took pleasure in recognizing the extreme importance of those projects that overcome halts in cooperation in this sphere.
As a conclusion of this meeting, positive results of the Tripartite initiative’s work carried out during the presidency of Montenegro initiated in Neum, were pointed out. Readiness to continue this work on initiation and realization of new projects was also confirmed, with stronger and more direct engagement of local communities and their authorities which are to receive full support from central governments of the three countries. On this occasion, presidency over the Commission was handed over to Bosnia and Herzegovina for the next period.
Commission for cross-border cooperation in case of natural and other disasters, as well as in the sphere of natural resource management, together with projects created in the framework of this Commission, are a result of eight years of work and lobbying of Igman Initiative and East-West Institute.