Minister of European Affairs, Montenegro
Minister Aleksandar Andrija Pejović was born in Kotor on 26th June 1974. He completed post-graduate studies in International Relations – European and South East European Studies in Athens, Greece. Before that, he completed primary and high school in Herceg Novi, and he obtained a degree in English Language and Literature in Novi Sad. Currently he is a Ph.D student in European Union Law at the Law Faculty in Belgrade.
Minister Aleksandar Andrija Pejović performs the function of Chief Negotiator for Montenegro's Accession to the European Union (from December 2011), and the National Coordinator for Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance.
In addition, A. A. Pejović is the President of the Commission for International Relations, European and Euro-Atlantic Integrations of the Democratic Socialist Party, and the member of the Presidency of the Party of European Socialists.
Prior to his election as the Minister in 2016, he was State Secretary for European Integration, (2012 – 2016). He also served as the Ambassador - Head of the Mission of Montenegro to the EU (2010-2012) and the Permanent Representative - Ambassador of Montenegro to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in the Hague (2010-2014). During his mandate in Brussels, he participated in the most important events related to the European integration of Montenegro, including delivery of answers to the EC Questionnaire, award of the candidate status and the latest decision on initiation of negotiations. His work was reflected in intensive communication and meetings with the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the EU, as well as with the representatives of member states, countries from the region and other members of the diplomatic corps in Brussels.
Prior to his appointment as the Ambassador to the EU, he was Director of the Directorate for European Union in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro for three years. In this position also, he was fully engaged in cooperation between Montenegro and the EU, particularly in political relations and dialogue with the EU, but also in Common Foreign and Security Policy of the Union. In this capacity, he participated in all the most important gatherings and meetings between our and the European officials. Furthermore, he was a member of various Government working bodies in the process of European integration, and coordinated preparation of answers to the EC Questionnaire - Political Criteria and the Chapter 31 – Foreign, Security and Defence Policy.
He has been working in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2000. He performed duties in several departments within the Ministry – Multilateral Affairs (UN and regional cooperation), Bilateral Affairs (neighbouring countries and the Western Europe) and the EU. He worked in the Office for Cooperation between Montenegro and Slovenia in Ljubljana, as well as in the Embassy of Serbia and Montenegro in Skoplje, where he also performed the duty of national representative to the Regional Centre for Migrations, Asylum and Refugees. He was the national coordinator for Montenegrin chairmanship of the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, coordinator for chairmanship of the Migration, Asylum, Refugees Regional Initiative and deputy national coordinator for fight against human trafficking. Before his employment in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, he had worked as a professor in the Grammar School in Herceg Novi for three years and a half.
He speaks several languages, among which English, Italian, French, Slovenian and Macedonian. In his free time, he is engaged in writing and sculpting. He is the author of several specialist papers on international relations and geopolitics, as well as of one novel Amabor. He is the lecturer within the programs of the Human Resources Management Authority. He is member of the PES Presidency and the WEF Europe Policy Group. He is a member of Mensa Montenegro. Ambassador Pejović is also the Honorary Captain of the Boka Navy (Bokeljska mornarica).