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Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Ukraine
15.01.2014 The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers today made public the evaluation report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Ukraine. The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of traditionally used languages. The report have been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter (read more...). 
Congress Declaration on “Regional and minority languages in Europe today”
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 and Armenia
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 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...). 
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Strasbourg, 31 March 2014. The protection of national minorities and their languages continues to enjoy a high level of legal recognition in Ukraine, says the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. In respect of the Russian language, most undertakings chosen by Ukraine under the Charter are fulfilled or partly fulfilled. However, several of the Charter undertakings still need to be implemented for the Belarusian, Bulgarian, Crimean Tatar, Gagauz, German, Greek, Hungarian, Moldovan, Polish, Romanian, Slovak and Yiddish languages. 
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