- U.S.- Montenegro Relations
- Embassy Fact Sheets
The U.S. Embassy in Podgorica has a wide range of programs. Our 34 American, and 134 local staff work every day to broaden and deepen the relationship between the United States and Montenegro. Some highlights of our work over the past 10 years include:
- Since the U.S. Embassy began consular operations in July 2009, we have issued more than 21,000 visas to Montenegrin applicants for the purposes of tourism, education, business, and more.
- In Fiscal Year 2015, we issued 5,597 visas. That is more than double the number issued in our first year of full operations.
Economic and Commercial Relations
- More than 50 American companies operate in Montenegro and the U.S. interest in doing business in Montenegro is constantly on the rise, especially after Montenegro’s invitation to join the NATO Alliance.
- The top six U.S. investors have invested over €300 million in Montenegro since its independence. An additional €300 million of investment is in the pipeline from U.S. companies operating in the tourism, telecommunications, and energy sectors.
- We opened the EducationUSA Center which offers support to all those who would like to study in the U.S. Currently more than 120 Montenegrin students are studying at U.S. Universities
- Since 2006, we supported almost 130 projects worth nearly $1.9 million to strengthen democracy and respect for human rights and to strengthen civil society.
- Over the past 10 years, almost 400 Montenegrins experienced US culture through one of our professional or educational exchange programs.
- Over 130 journalists participated in (two-to-four-week) training programs in the United States over the last decade, and more than 300 journalists and other media professionals attended training programs with U.S. experts here in Montenegro.
International Narcotics and Law Enforcement - Justice Program
- Assisted the prosecution to develop a new Office of the Special Prosecutor, which focuses on organized crime, corruption and other forms of serious crimes.
- Provided training to over 4,500 justice sector officials in the past 8 years.
- The INL program in Montenegro has spent over $12 million dollars to provide training, equipment grants, educational initiatives in the U.S. and other support to Montenegrin judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice officials in the past 8 years.
Export Control and Border Security Program (EXBS)
- The EXBS program has thus far committed over $4 million to training and equipment. EXBS is assisting Montenegro in developing an effective strategic trade control (STC) system that meets international standards and improves the country’s border security.
- Since 2010 a total of 634 persons attended EXBS organized trainings.
International Criminal Investigative Training and Assistance Program (ICITAP)
- Assisted the Police Administration with the formation, development and training of the police Undercover Unit, Uniformed Police Patrol and implementing a new Special Police Unit for Organized Crime and Serious Corruption.
- ICITAP Montenegro has provided high level skills and knowledge training to over 2,000 justice sector officials in the past 10 years.
- The ICITAP program in Montenegro has spent over $5 million dollars to provide training, equipment grants, educational initiatives in the U.S. and other support to Montenegrin law enforcement in the past 10 years.
Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC)
- The Foreign Military Financing (FMF) Program has provided the Montenegrin Armed Forces with over $8.2 million in financing to upgrade equipment within their military.
- The United States European Command’s (EUCOM) Humanitarian Assistance Program began in Montenegro in 2008. To date, over $3 million has been or will be used to fund over 20 different projects. The United States has donated fire trucks, firefighting equipment, and other emergency vehicles to municipalities throughout Montenegro. In addition, funding was used to renovate the Kolasin Health Center, the Niksic General Hospital, the Andrijevica Fire House, the Vladimir Nazor School in Podgorica, and to build a Small Group Home in Bijelo Polje.
- Under the International Military Education and Training (IMET) program, Montenegro has received over $4 million in funding. With this financing, they have sent approximately 100 students to military courses in the United States. Graduates of IMET courses have returned to Montenegro to serve in the most senior positions in the entire armed forces including the Deputy Chief of Defense, Chief of the Navy, and Sergeant Major of the Armed Forces. Additionally, under the Partnership for Peace (PfP) Program the United States Government has spent approximately $2 million to send over 750 Montenegrins to 225 conferences that promote security cooperation.
- ODC oversees and facilitates the State Partnership Program which was established in 2007. The program established a partnership between the state of Maine and the Montenegrin armed forces. It has significantly contributed to the improvement of the Montenegrin Army capabilities and her interoperability with other NATO countries.