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Committee of Ministers publishes report on minority languages in Cyprus
Strasbourg, 30.10.2014 - The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of traditionally used minority languages and applies in Cyprus to Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic. The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter, and acknowledges the goodwill and openness of the Cypriot authorities in matters related to Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic. Nevertheless, on the basis of the report, the Council of Europe calls upon Cyprus to strengthen the use of both languages in the broadcast media. Furthermore, Cyprus should take measures to extend the teaching of Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic. (more)
Committee of Ministers publishes report on minority languages in Denmark
Strasbourg, 30.10.2014 - The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of traditionally used minority languages and applies in Denmark to the German language. The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter and commends Denmark for its continued commitment to the protection and promotion of the German language. In its view, the provision of German-language education through the private schools of the German minority remains exemplary. However, the experts consider the presence of German in the Danish broadcasting media as very weak. The Council of Europe therefore calls upon Denmark to increase the level of radio broadcasting and provide television broadcasts in German, in co-operation with the German speakers. In addition, the Council of Europe finds that measures to increase awareness and appreciation of German as a minority language of Denmark should be taken. Globally, the Council of Europe recommends Denmark to apply a more proactive and structured approach in the implementation of its undertakings under the Charter. (more)
Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Germany
Strasbourg, 2.06.2014 - Released today by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers, a new report calls on Germany to step up efforts in favour of regional and minority languages. The evaluation report, drafted by a committee of independent experts, recommends Germany to continue and step up measures to teach North Frisian in Schleswig-Holstein and Sater Frisian in Lower Saxony. It invites Germany to provide adequate radio and television broadcasting in regional and minority languages. Although public service broadcasting "continues to be good for some regional or minority languages, in particular for Upper Sorbian", according to the report, other languages are “insufficiently offered” including Danish, North Frisian, Sater Frisian and Romani. (read more...)
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