Montenegro is rethinking the Law on Freedom of Religion

EU Enlargement and Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Olivr Vrhelyi said that Montenegrin Prime Minister Dusko Markovic had informed him that the Government was ready to temporarily postpone the implementation of the Freedom of Religion Act.
Multiple sources confirmed to "Vijesti" that Vrhelyi conveyed this message at a meeting with the Montenegrin opposition.

Greco Criticises Montenegro Over Judicial Council’s Independence

Montenegro has made no progress on the composition or independence of its Judicial Council, the body charged with upholding the independence and autonomy of courts in Montenegro. Nor has it made any progress in reviewing its disciplinary framework for judges, the report of the Group of States Against Corruption, GRECO, the Council of Europe's anti-corruption monitoring body, says.

Strasbourg rules there is no ban on the implementation of the Freedom of Religion Act

European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected the request to ban Montenegro from implementing its Law on Freedom of Religion until the Constitutional Court decides on the law's constitutionality or until a deal with the Serbian Orthodox Church is concluded, the Montenegrin Government said.

The British Flag Was Removed from the European Institutions

Hours before Brexit the flag of the United Kingdom was taken down in the European institutions in Brussels and Strasbourg.

First, the British flag was taken down in front of the European Council in Brussels and then in front of the European Parliament buildings in Brussels and Strasbourg. Earlier this evening, the European flag was taken down in front of the British Office in the EU.

Romanian Academy Dismisses Moldovan Claim to Own Language

The Romanian Academy of Sciences on Thursday dismissed claims put forward by the President of Moldova in Strasbourg that his country has its own language.

It said the theme of a "Moldovan language" promoted by President Igor Dodon at a speech to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Wednesday was a revival of Soviet-era tropes.

Court rules Kavala stay in jail in Gezi Park trial

An Istanbul court on Jan. 28 ruled that Osman Kavala, a businessman and philanthropist, to remain in custody in Gezi Park trial.

The next hearing will take place on Feb. 18 in Istanbul.

Kavala, who funded civil society projects across the country, was detained in 2017 on charges of seeking to overthrow the government.