The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is the European convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by traditional minorities. Together with the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities it constitutes the Council of Europe's commitment to the protection of national minorities.
Regional or minority languages are part of Europe’s cultural heritage and their protection and promotion contribute to the building of a Europe based on democracy and cultural diversity.
The Charter, drawn up on the basis of a text put forward by the Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, was adopted as a convention on 25 June 1992 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and was opened for signature in Strasbourg on 5 November 1992. It entered into force on 1 March 1998.
23 Jun 2017 11:06:00Strasbourg, France 22/06/2017
On behalf of the Council of Europe, the heads of the three anti-discrimination monitoring bodies...
20 Jun 2017 12:24:00Strasbourg, France 20-23/06/2017
The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is meeting in...
15 Jun 2017 15:53:00Strasbourg, France 15/06/2017
On 15 June, Mr Sixto Molina, Head of the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or...