Today, May 13, the Prime Minister of Montenegro Dritan Abazović, Minister of Sports and Youth Vasilije Lalošević, and President of Montenegro Chess Federation Jovan Milović, held a reception with the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Arkady Dvorkovich, President of the European Chess Union (ECU) Zurab Azmaiparashvili, and Managing Director of the International Chess Federation Dana Reizniece-Ozola.
It was Arkady Dvorkovich's first visit to Montenegro.
The main points of the agenda concerned the organization of FIDE and European events, FIDE's support for the Mediterranean countries championship, chess in education, and other social initiatives.
The Montenegro Federation is very active when it comes to Chess In Schools initiatives, with over 70 schools already involved in chess in school programs for which the Federation has provided methodology, materials and teacher's training.
The results of this work are already noticeable, and the participation in school competitions has gone up from 45 kids to almost 500 in the last edition.
Prime Minister Dritan Abazović expressed his will to support both the sporting and social initiatives.
The President of Montenegro Chess Federation Jovan Milović said that the visit of FIDE and ECU representatives is a great honour and recognition of the efforts of the Montenegro Chess Federation. He added that the support of the Prime Minister and the Government of Montenegro, as well as the Ministry of Sports and Youth, is an additional motive for them to continue their work, focusing on youth and children, but also the project "Chess in Schools". Milović emphasized that Montenegro will host two European championships next year. Representatives of Montenegro Chess Federation Veselin Drašković and Mitar Đukanović were also present at the meeting.