Montenegrin government plans to sign agreement with Serbian Orthodox Church

The issue of real estate owned by SPC became a political problem almost two years ago when the former government decided to take control of the assets. [Shutterstock/Anne Czichos]

The Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS), the biggest opposition party, called on Montenegrin Prime Minister Zdravko Krivokapić to announce the details of the agreement with the Serbian Orthodox Church (SPC) as soon as possible and to start a public debate on what they said was a very important issue.

“I talked to His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije and we’re soon to agree on the date of signing the agreement. This issue must not be the subject of politicization or subterfuge for making political gains,” Krivokapić wrote on Twitter. 

The issue of real estate owned by SPC became a political problem almost two years ago when the former government decided to take control of the assets. The government passed the Freedom of Religion Act which tried to enroll the church property created before 1918 as its property.

That prompted huge protests around the country and is one of the main reasons DPS lost elections in August last year. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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