Migration and Human Rights

JP Minorities in South East Europe - Advisory Board

Advisory Board of the JP “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe”


Mission, composition and functioning


Having regard to:

- the complexity of the project and to the need to involve various Council of Europe services;
- the fact that the project activities are based on the results of the relevant CoE monitoring mechanisms,
- the political sensitivity of the issue,
- the requirements of the EU partners

an Advisory Board is set up in order to advise on the content of the project.



Mission


a) To advise on the experts with recognised expertise in the field of minority protection, to serve as project experts and/or local project officers;

b) to advise on the relevant institutional and legislative framework in the beneficiary countries;

c) to provide the main conclusions of the monitoring reports on minority rights in the beneficiary countries;

d) to advise on relevant interlocutors in the region;

e) on the basis of these conclusions, to propose appropriate activities in the following fields:

- capacity building of the specialised bodies in charge of minority protection;

- improving co-operation and co-ordination between the specialised bodies within each beneficiary countries;

- improving regional co-operation through establishment of a regional network of the specialised bodies;

- awareness-raising activities;

f) to approve the proposed project activities;

g) to keep the Project Team updated on all information that may be relevant for the project;



Composition


Chairman: Ralf-René Weingärtner, Director of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination

Substitute: Markus Jaeger, Head of Division, Project Supervisor Directorate of Human Rights and Antidiscrimination


Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM)

European Charter on Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML)

European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)

Directorate of Political Advise (DPA)

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CONGRESS)

Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights


Secretariat: Dusica Puzic, Project Coordinator



Functioning


The Advisory Board will be convened as required. Its secretariat will be ensured by the Project Coordinator of the JP “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe”.