Civil Society

There is no doubt that civil society is a very powerful modern concepts. It is often called the “third sector”. Wonder why? That is because civil society is seen as a driver of change, which has the power to hold public and private sectors to account for their commitments. 

An empowered civil society is crucial to strengthen participatory democracies in the European accession process. Therefore, the European Union (EU) supports the development of a civil society through the Civil Society Facility (CSF). In the past 7 years, the EU allocated around €13 million to Montenegro under the programme. It provided support to a range of sectors: civil society development and local democracy; social inclusion; good governance (including the Rule of law); media and freedom of expression; and environment and rural development. Furthermore, over €0.5 million was invested for the establishment of the EU Resource Centre in Montenegro.  

The voice of civil society needs to remain strong, even during the pandemic. Therefore, the EU will continue to support the development of civil society and the genuine inclusion of CSOs in the policy-making process in Montenegro. The Civil Society Facility for Montenegro, for the period 2021-23, is focusing on increasing capacities and effectiveness of Montenegrin CSOs to monitor and participate in reform processes, and to strengthen the overall capacities of less developed organisations and grassroots movements. In order to achieve this, a grant-scheme mechanism was set up to support these organisations.

The proramme  aims at triggering local development by promoting informal education, social innovation and job creation, with a particular focus on the most vulnerable groups.


Peer violence represents a global problem, which seriously impacts the health and education of young people. This project aimed to develop capacities of civil society organisations (CSOs) and the overall local community’s response to providing safeguarding mechanisms to students at primary and secondary schools in Montenegro.
Regardless of their specific thematic scope and area of operation, civil society organisations (CSOs) have an overarching need to perform budgetary analysis and effective scrutiny of public spending, in order to better understand the state-of-the-art in their field of interest. This project aimed to contribute to the fight against corruption by more effective scrutiny of public spending. More precisely, its specific objective was to increase the level of effective participation of civil society in scrutiny of public spending.