Minority languages in Serbia: progress observed in education; language use in administration should be strengthened
Strasbourg, 29.04.2016 – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has just published a report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Serbia and recommendations to the authorities, together with the response from the Serbian Government. The importance of protecting national minorities and their languages is well recognised in Serbia which enjoys a rich linguistic diversity with 15 regional or minority languages. The following languages have been given special protection under the European Charter: Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Bunjevac, Croatian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Macedonian, Romani, Romanian, Ruthenian, Slovak, Ukrainian and Vlach. Read more
Regional or minority languages: Slovakia must take steps to implement Charter
Strasbourg, 29.04.2016 – The Council of Europe published a report on the implementation of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Slovakia, along with the comments of the Slovak authorities and the Committee of Ministers recommendations. The Charter, which entered into force in Slovakia in 2002, protects 10 languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, German, Hungarian, Polish, Romani, Ruthenian, Ukrainian and Yiddish. The report notes that Slovakia recently adopted a Human Rights Strategy, and that an action plan concerning the rights of persons belonging to national minorities is being prepared. Read more
Regional and minority languages in Spain: Council of Europe issues new evaluation report
Strasbourg, 21.01.2016 - The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today issued six recommendations to the Spanish authorities on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. It also published a Report by a committee of experts assessing Spain´s compliance with the Charter. Read more
France and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML)
The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) was signed by France on 7 May 1999 but has not yet been ratified. In January 2014, the National Assembly adopted, with a large majority, a constitutional amendment permitting also the ratification of the treaty. The Senate will debate that proposed constitutional amendment on 27 October and on 3 November 2015. The approval by the Congress, the actual amendment of the Constitution and the actual ratification of the Charter are still pending. Read more
Council of Europe calls on Poland to promote awareness and tolerance toward minority languages and their cultures
Strasbourg, 02.12.2015 – The Committee of Ministers today made public an evaluation report and recommendations on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages in Poland. Read more
Council of Europe calls on the Czech Republic to strengthen the promotion of minority languages
Strasbourg, 02.12.2015 – The Council of Europe today called on the Czech Republic to step up its efforts to protect and promote minority languages, in particular German and Romani.
The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers issued a number of recommendations to the Czech Republic based on an expert committee’s report which evaluates its compliance with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
In the report, the committee highlights the existence of a well-developed general framework for the protection of national minorities in the country and acknowledges the existence of a special funding programme for the implementation of the Charter. Read more
Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) calls for more action to protect and promote the Romani language
Statement adopted by the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) on 5 November 2015 on the occasion of the International Romani Language Day
Out of the 25 countries that have ratified the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML), 15 have officially recognised Romani as a minority language traditionally present on their territory. This is the highest number of ratifications for a single language under the Charter and it reflects, among others, the status of Romani as a European language.
From the two options of ratification, general protection under Part II of the Charter or the definition of special provisions in support of a language under Part III, the majority, two-thirds of the countries, opted for general protection that automatically applies to all languages traditionally spoken on the territory of a state. Read more