Profiles: Montenegro

Last Updated: January 2012


The Government of Montenegro adopted the regulation for establishing the Agency for Anti-Corruption Initiative in January 2001. The Agency was the first anti-corruption state body in Montenegro, and was responsible for corruption prevention and raising public awareness, as well as proposing the ratification and implementation of international standards, while having had a significant role in drafting anti-corruption laws and the establishment of other anti-corruption bodies. Within the reform of state administration, in 2004 the Agency became the Directorate for Anti-Corruption Initiative, and its competences were significantly expanded at the end of 2007. The Ministry of Finance approves and monitors spending of approved funds of the Directorate.

Does your government have a single or primary anticorruption strategy?

Yes, the Strategy for the Fight against Corruption (2010 – 2014), as the second generation of national anti-corruption strategic documents, along with the pertaining Action Plan (2010- 2012).

What are the main anticorruption laws of your country?

No specific anti-corruption (AC) law, the AC matters are regulated through a number of laws, to name a few most important: Criminal Code, Law on Public Procurement, Law on Prevention of Conflict of Interest, Law on Financing of Political Parties.

Is there one agency in charge of coordinating AC efforts across agencies?

The Directorate monitors the overall efforts in fulfilling the obligations set out in the AP, by preparing regular reports.

Functions Prevention,Policy
Permanent Staff 17
Number of prosecutors(if applicable)
Number of investigators (if Applicable) Not applicable

Number of cases handled annually

Not applicable

Budget Autonomy No
Annual Budget of the Agency US$ 434,282 (EUR 340,000)
Per Capital Expenditure $0.81 (2010)
Expeniture as % of the GDP 0.008% (2010)
Are employees protected by law from recrimination or other negative consequences when reporting corruption (i.e. whistle-blowing)? Yes
Does your country have freedom of information legislation? Yes
Does your country have conflict of interest legislation? Yes
Does your country have a financial disclosure system to help prevent conflicts of interest? Yes
Who appoints the head of your agency? The Government of Montenegro
Who has the authority to remove the head of the ACA? The Government of Montenegro
Is there any term limit for the head of the ACA? Yes , four years mandate
Does your agency measure performance? Yes
Other, please specify
Key performance indicators are set out for every activity in the yearly Action Plan
Full access to Government Yes