Start and end date: December 2021/January 2022

Project Coordinators: Emina Adrović and Vanja Cicmil

Sponsors: This document is prepared within the project “Protecting Civic Space – Regional Civic Society Development Hub” financed by Sida and implemented by BCSDN.

Partner: Jaka Kranjc, Waste Management Expert, Ecologists Without Borders Association, Slovenia

Budget: 6011.52 EUR

Synopsis: “In Montenegro, waste management is still underdeveloped. There is a huge dependence on landfills, recycling targets are not met. The Laws have so far been vague and a dead letter on paper. They have not included concrete mechanisms to reduce the waste we generate. We have actively lobbied for single-use plastic ban and best waste management practices such as DRS and EPR ever since the organisation was established. We’ve been pushing to get a draft Law on Waste Management for a few months now. Finally, we have received it and started working on identifying problems and drafting amendment proposals. However, the new Government wants to pass this law asap, and we have been given a tight deadline to deliver our comments, proposals and suggestions. We need expert help to give a rationale for them based on the best practices and EU legislation. We have sought for and received a recommendation that this expert should be a member of the Zero Waste Europe network from Slovenia, Jaka Kranjc. Jaka Kranjc has been a full-time environmentalist since 2009, working in one of the most successful Slovenian environmental NGOs Društvo Ekologi brez meja (Ecologists Without Borders Association). He is the association’s main policy and (waste management) technology expert and he runs and contributes to several Free Software and Open Knowledge projects.
We consider this to be a unique possibility for us to make an influence on the policy process, improve the law and prevent false solutions. It will also enhance cooperation between us, as an NGO and the Ministry, as a public institution.

Goals: With this project, we want to take part in the policy-making process make and influence decision-makers to include best waste management, circular economy, zero waste practices in this law. We will measure the impact by the number of comments or proposals that will be accepted and put into the law.

Activities: “ Collaborate with an external expert to analyse the Draft law and create a document containing comments, proposals and rationale on the Draft Law on Waste Management (hereinafter: LCP document) in English and translate it to Montenegrin
 Send the document to the relevant decision-makers of Ministry of Ecology
 Follow up with the Ministry of Ecology on which proposals suggested they accepted
 Make the LCP document available to the public by publishing it on the ZWMNE website
 Organize an online meeting with the Ministry representatives and waste management expert to discuss mechanisms for the implementation of the Law “

Results: “ Comments and proposals on the Draft Law on Waste Management created and delivered to the Ministry of Ecology, has been taken into consideration and applied in the Law
 The document published on the ZWMNE website and thus made available to the public
 Knowledge exchanged between ZWMNE, regional waste management expert and Ministry of Ecology and cooperation established”