On 20 June 2023, the 2nd Concluding Conference of the first edition of EUVALWEB was held at the University of Donja Gorica (UDG, Podgorica, Montenegro), where the EUVALWEB delegation was warmly welcomed. In particular, the Chair Holder, Prof. Teresa Russo, would like to express her deepest gratitude to the Dean of the Law Faculty, Prof. Dragan K. Vukčević, Prof. Nikola B. Šaranović, Member of the EUVALWEB Team Chair, and all the UDG staff for their hospitality.

The conference, entitled ‘Promoting Public Awareness on the Fight Against Transnational Crimes, the Role of Police and Judicial Cooperation and Respect for Fundamental Rights‘ was attended by UDG students and various stakeholders, including: academics, legal professionals and practitioners, policy makers, civil society representatives and NGOs. In particular, EUVALWEB would like to thank Ms. Jelena Đalena Đalovic (Liaison Prosecutor for Montenegro at EUROJUST), as well as Mr. Dragan K. Vukčević (Former President of the Judicial Council of Montenegro) and Mr. Riccardo Serri (Head of the EU Delegation in Montenegro) for their involvement.

We believe that it was an exceptional response to the multidisciplinary initiative put forward by the University of Salerno and the University of Donja Gorica, gathering the reflections of experts in EU law, international law, criminal law, criminal procedural law and constitutional law.

On the one hand, the professionals highlighted past and ongoing changes in the Montenegrin legal system and society, in line with the European acquis communautaire in view of Montenegro’s accession to the European Union. On the other hand, the EUVALWEB Chair Holder shared with the audience the European trends resulting from the analysis conducted within the research activities of the EUVALWEB Legal Observatory, highlighting the current implementation challenges in the EU Member States, including Italy.

The event was pleasantly interspersed with recurring open debates after each session. Above all, the valuable contribution of the students who took to the microphone to share their impressions of Montenegro’s accession to the European Union cannot be emphasized enough.

Finally, the conference was followed by the local media, in particular by Radio Televizija Crne Gore, the public service broadcaster of Montenegro (https://rtcg.me/vijesti/drustvo/440269/u-evropi-aktivno-3600-kriminalnih-grupa.html).

An album full of pictures from the day is available on our Facebook account at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/set=a.763180348931850&type=