Congress Declaration on “Regional and minority languages in Europe today”
11.02.2014 The Congress Bureau adopted a Declaration on ''Regional and minority languages in Europe today''. ''The Bureau welcomed the fact that a large majority of the French National Assembly voted, on 28 January 2014, in favour of a constitutional amendment permitting the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by France, 15 years after its signature. It calls on Iceland, Italy and Malta, which have also signed the Charter but not yet ratified it, to follow France’s positive example. In addition, it invites the authorities of Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to ratify the Charter, something which they committed to doing when they joined the Council of Europe. The Congress – and in particular its Chamber of Regions – will continue to follow up on this issue, in close cooperation with the relevant monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe.''
Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in the UK, Armenia and Ukraine
15.01.2014 The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers today made public evaluation reports on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Ukraine, Armenia and the United Kingdom. The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of traditionally used languages. The reports have been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter. (read more...)
No regrets - mission possible
The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages was adopted, as a convention, for signature on 5 November 1992. On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of this, the Secretariat of the Charter conducted interviews in December 2012 with the authors of the first draft of the Charter - Piero Ardizzone, Yvo Peeters, Mervyn Phillips, Lluís Maria de Puig and Jean-Marie Woehrling. When looking back at the making of the treaty, what its impact has been since, and the challenges that still lie ahead, the original authors emphasised that they would still do it the same way again. Indeed, the objectives and principles of the Charter have remained as topical as they were in the 1980s. The Charter Secretariat now publishes these interviews in the present Festschrift.