LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Stakeholder meeting on same-sex partnership legislation in Western Balkans

On 12-13 March 2019, ILGA-Europe organised a two-day meeting in Montenegro with our member organisations and other activists from the Western Balkan countries to strategise about partnership legislations.

The meeting on Civil Partnership Legislation for same-sex couples took place in Podgorica, Montenegro 12-13 March, 2019.  The meeting, in the workshop format, aimed to provide capacity building on advocacy and litigation strategies for same-sex partnership with examples from elsewhere in Europe; to facilitate peer learning and exchange around advocacy and litigation strategies for same-sex partnership; to generate momentum for same-sex partnership legislation in the Western Balkans.

While at the moment no country in the Western Balkan region provides any form of legal recognition for same-sex couples, there has been a lot of movement towards changing that. A draft bill is on the table at the government and subsequently the parliament of Montenegro. In Bosnia and Herzegovina a working group has been established to draft a law for same-sex partnership. Litigation has been started, or has been planned in Albania, North Macedonia and Serbia to pursue legal recognition for same-sex partners. See more about family laws in Europe.

There were 10 participants from different CSOs from the Western Balkans, two facilitators from ILGA Europe and an expert from Campaign Against Homophobia, Poland.