After a long delay caused by severe weather problems that recently hit our country, the Juventas’s team managed to organize the last, third module of the Intensive Course “Meet the European Union”, from 30th March to 1st April 2012, in Kolašin. The project is funded by the European Union, through the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, and co-financed by the Commission for the allocation of part of the revenue from games of chance 2011.

The module was attended by 28 students from 5 secondary vocational schools, who completed their previous knowledge on the previous modules on history and institutions of the European Union, educational and youth policy of the EU and the process of Montenegro's European integration, with the basics of communal law, with special emphasis on areas that are of importance for their education.

Program Director of NGO “Expeditio” from Kotor (www.expeditio.org) Ms. Biljana Gligorić, introduced participants of the course with the principles of environmental protection and sustainable development in Montenegro and the European Union. Through lectures and group work participants had the opportunity to learn the difference between the environment and sustainable development, the principles of EU policy in this area, but also to understand the sustainable development itself and create their own actions towards its achievement.

 

The second day of the module was dedicated to the lecture of Dr. Miomir Jovanović, professor at the Biotechnical Faculty in Podgorica, who introduced the participants to agriculture in Montenegro and the European Union, through analyzing the state of Montenegrin agriculture and informing about the EU goals and measures in the field of agriculture. After that, Nikola Milović, Ph.D., professor at the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica, introduced participants with a unique market in the European Union and the concept of economic integration, after which Dr Jovan Mirković, professor at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics in Podgorica, gave an interesting lecture on “Science and Technology in Montenegro and the European Union”. After such a good introduction, the professors divided participants in 3 groups who participated in parallel lectures on communitarian texts and the EU with a focus on the fields of agriculture, economics, tourism, science and technology.

The last day of the intensive course was devoted to the simulation of peer-based workshops, in order to transfer the acquired knowledge to other students of their schools. In this way, pupils, who are the target group of this project, will be familiar with the historical development, as well as the institutional, legal, economic and social effects that EU membership implies.

A beautiful five-month gathering during an intensive course was completed by awarding peer educators, with the hope and great desire to assemble this team on another Juventas’s project.