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In 2006, Montenegro became party to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change, as well as to the Kyoto protocol. With the exception of these two steps, the government has not made further attempts to mitigate and plan for the effects of climate change.1 Montenegro has stated that it will align with the European Union in regards to policies and international treaties with environmental consequences.2

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1 http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/montenegro/screening_reports/screening_report_montenegro_ch27.pdf
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Montenegro News

Lexology (registration) 
In the course of harmonization of Montenegrin laws with the EU law the Parliament of Montenegro passed the new Prohibited Advertisement Act (Zakon o nedozvoljenom oglašavanju, Official Gazette of Montenegro no. 30/2017, the “Act”) on 27 April 2017. See more..
Agenda.ge 
Georgian citizens are being given an opportunity to travel to Montenegro without a visa from June 14 to October 31. The Georgian Foreign Ministry announced ... See more..
European Western Balkans (press release) 
“It is not Montenegro's problem. I don't see it as an obstacle. We have finished that process. Borders defined in the former Yugoslavia have been accepted. International commission confirmed the border, we sign the agreement with Kosovo in Vienna and ... See more..
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Los Angeles Times 
Luxury yachts slide past swimmers cooling off in the blue waters of the Adriatic. Mountains in pastel greens and grays tower in the background. Tourists sip on Aperol Spritz and espressos, enjoying platters of shrimp, octopus and calamari. It is an ... See more..
New Zealand Herald 
We decided to visit Montenegro because we wanted somewhere different, a place the kids could run free on the beach, the wine would be decent and the food delicious. We flew into Dubrovnik, in Croatia, and picked up a rental car for our family of seven ... See more..
TIME 
On June 5 , Montenegro will formally join NATO – thus reaching a historic milestone and joining the most powerful countries in the world in order to work together on the promotion of the values of the civilization with a view to preserving peace and ... See more..
B92 
Montenegrin Foreign Minister Srjan Darmanovic this week visited the Vatican and met with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis. Source: ... See more..
Irish Examiner 
If you want to rub shoulders with the Pope, hobnob with high-powered diplomats and make a Baywatch star a countess, then there's only one thing to do, ... See more..
SeeNews 
PODGORICA (Montenegro), June 23 (SeeNews) – Montenegro's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by a real 3.2% year-on-year in the first quarter. See more..
European Western Balkans (press release) 
LUXEMBOURG - The sixth meeting of the Accession Conference with Serbia at ministerial level was held Tuesday in Luxembourg to open negotiations on ... See more..
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Geography

Southeastern Europe, between the Adriatic Sea and Serbia
Area

Total 13,812 sq km
Land 13,452 sq km
Water 360 sq km

Climate

Mediterranean climate, hot dry summers and autumns and relatively cold winters with heavy snowfalls inland
Natural Resources

bauxite, hydroelectricity ;
Natural Hazards

destructive earthquakes
Current Environmental Issues

pollution of coastal waters from sewage outlets, especially in tourist-related areas such as Kotor

Demographics

Nationality
Montenegrin
Population
653,474 (July 2013 est.)
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Montenegro's economy is transitioning to a market system, but the state sector remains large and additional institutional changes are needed. The economy relies heavily on tourism and the export of refined metals. Unprofitable state-owned enterprises weigh on public finances. Montenegro severed its economy from federal control and from Serbia during the MILOSEVIC era and maintained its own central bank, adopted the deutsch mark, then the euro - rather than the Yugoslav dinar - as official currency, collected customs tariffs, and managed its own budget. The dissolution of the loose political union between Serbia and Montenegro in 2006 led to separate ...See More membership in several international financial institutions, such as the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. In January 2007, Montenegro joined the World Bank and IMF. Montenegro became the 156th member of World Trade Organization in December 2011. The European Council (EC) granted candidate country status to Montenegro at the December 2010 session. Montenegro began negotiations to join the EC in June, 2012, having met the conditions set down by the European Council, which called on Montenegro to take steps to fight corruption and organized crime. Unemployment and regional disparities in development are key political and economic problems. Montenegro has privatized its large aluminum complex - the dominant industry - as well as most of its financial sector, and has begun to attract foreign direct investment in the tourism sector. The global financial crisis had a significant negative impact on the economy, due to the ongoing credit crunch, a decline in the real estate sector, and a fall in aluminum exports. In 2012, real GDP growth slipped to 0.5%, reflecting the general downturn in most of Europe. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$7.461 billion (2012 est.); $7.458 billion (2011 est.); $7.226 billion (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

tobacco, potatoes, citrus fruits, olives, grapes; sheep
Industries

steelmaking, aluminum, agricultural processing, consumer goods, tourism