Profiles: Montenegro

Last Updated: December 2013


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, it has single national anti-corruption strategy. It is available at, under National Commission section. The Government of Montenegro has regular monitoring system of the anticorruption strategy from 2005.

What are the main anticorruption laws of your country?

riminal Code –2003, last amendments 2013
Criminal Procedure Code – 2011
Law on State Prosecutor – 2003, last amendments 2013
Law on Courts – 2008, last amendments 2013
Law on the Judicial Council – 2008, last amendments 2013
Law on Civil Servants and State Employees – last amendments 2013
Law on Preventing Conflict of Interest – 2009, last amendments 2011
Law on free Access to Information – 2012
Law on the Prevention of Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing – 2007, last amendments 2012
Law on Public Procurement – 2011
Law on Financing of Political Parties – 2011

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

Number of cases handled annually

Budget Autonomy No
Annual Budget of the Agency EUR 325,441
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 head is selected through public competition procedure, upon which it has been nominated by Minister of Justice and finally approved by the Government of Montenegro.
Who has the authority to remove the head of the ACA? The Government of Montenegro upon the proposal of the Minister of Justice has the authority to remove the head of DACI.
Is there any term limit for the head of the ACA? Yes , 5 years mandate
Does your agency measure performance? Yes
Percentage of total budget allocated to outreach activities and communication
Other, please specify
Key performance indicators are set out for every activity in the yearly Action Plan
Full access to Government Yes