RCC ESAP 2: Performance of Western Balkan Economies Regarding the European Pillar of Social Rights: 2022 review on Montenegro
Montenegro experienced little progress towards social change in line with the Pillar indicators. Some improvements exist along with the persisting challenges. Poverty and social exclusion levels, despite decreasing, remain high, especially for children, persons with disabilities, older people, Roma, and Egyptian population, and for citizens of the Northern region. Positive changes include the increased coverage of children by preschool education, decline of early school leavers, and a slight decrease in the NEET rate. Nonetheless, a comprehensive strategy on education reform is missing. Due to substantial economic growth, the unemployment rate significantly decreased in 2022 compared to 2021 and 2020. Notwithstanding, challenges of long-term unemployment and youth unemployment remain.