Because of the demise of the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro
, Serbia became the legacy member of the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
The constitution and laws of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro
and those of the republic of Montenegro provide for freedom of religion, and the governments at these levels generally respected this right in practice.
Not even the demise of what once was Yugoslavia, which has now been divided - yet again - into the Union of Serbia and Montenegro
Slobodan Milosevic has set new guidelines for the Yugoslav army, aimed at preserving the union of Serbia and Montenegro
Although challenges still exist for the Serbian government, a number of developments including institutional reforms and the union of Serbia and Montenegro
as a loose federation have assisted Serbia in strengthening its economy and political stability.
Montenegro decided on 3 June to withdraw from the State Union of Serbia and Montenegro
and to become an independent state, after which EU Foreign Ministers declared the recognition of Montenegro as an independent state on 12 June (See Europolitics 3104).
The Constitution and laws of the state union of Serbia and Montenegro
and its constituent republics provide for freedom of religion, and state union and republican Governments generally respect this right in practice.
The Commission has been negotiating until now with the loose union of Serbia and Montenegro
, recently putting the talks on hold because of the former's lack of war crimes cooperation.