On 9 November, the European Commission published its annual Enlargement Package. LGBTI rights retained a central role within the fundamental rights section of the reports.
Despite being encouraged by the clarity contained in the reports, now is a critical time for LGBTI people in south-east Europe
The Pride march due to take place in the city of Nikšić was banned for the 3rd time this year earlier in September.
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia 2015 gives us a valuable opportunity for reflection, according to ILGA-Europe Executive Director Evelyne Paradis.
On the eve of the 2015 European IDAHOT Forum celebrations in Montenegro, ILGA-Europe is dismayed to learn that the fundamental rights of the LGBTI community there are being infringed upon.
On 20 October, the first LGBTI Pride March took place in Podgorica. The Pride March was supported by the Montenegrin government and the Montenegrin police provided adequate protection to the participants from numerous and violent protesters by escorting the marchers to military base outside the city after the event.
Today LGBTI activists and their supporters staged the first Pride March in Budva, Montenegro. The participants of the March were subjected to physical violence, incitement to killings and other verbal abuse by about 200 protesters. Some participants were injured and a number of protesters were arrested.
ILGA-Europe expresses its serious concerns regarding a number of of transphobic and homophobic incidents which took place Europe over the last days.
On 12 October 2011, the European Commission issued its annual Enlargement Strategy and Progress Reports on EU accession and pre-accession countries.