Bosnian Serb leader Milorad Dodik says new legislation is not aimed at breaking bonds with Bosnia and Herzegovina · Referendums will be non-binding · It is likely the first issue to be put to referendum will deal with the Dayton Agreement · The act stirs distrust in Bosnia and Herzegovina and among the international community.
The majority of MP’s in the Welsh assembly voted in favour of asking the people whether more powers should be transferred from London to Cardiff · There is no date for the referendum, but it seems clear that it won’t be held before UK legislative elections due in summer.
The Welsh Assembly is to be granted powers to legislate on the promotion of the Welsh language on February 10, which to date have been retained by London · A Commissioner for the Welsh language is to be appointed and will ensure public bodies and private companies from telecommunication and transport sectors use Welsh.
NEWS IN BRIEF. It is the first time a non-state language is given such status.
Vice-President of Catalonia Josep-Lluís Carod-Rovira invited the representatives of the EU state members to reflect on 'the anomaly' of excluding Catalan from the languages with official status in Europe · Next European Commissioner for Culture, Education and Multilingualism says EU has to 'go beyond' the number of languages currently recognized by the Union.
NEWS IN BRIEF. The SVP has launched a signature petition campaign and held talks with an Austrian parliamentary commission.
Governments from the island’s Greek and Turkish areas have started the last round of talks before the presidential elections in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus · Greek Cypriots have rejected a proposal made by Turks while sensitive issues such as borders and land ownership are yet to be dealt with.
The Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), set up last May, will be the parliamentary group of the Kurdish deputies as long as independent deputy Ufuk Uras joins it · Kurds threatened to leave the parliament after the Turkish Constitutional Court shut down the DTP party and banned 37 of its members from politics.