Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Germany
Strasbourg, 02.06.2014 - 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...)
Statement by the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) on the situation in Ukraine
(unanimously adopted by the Committee at its 47th meeting, Strasbourg, 13-16 May 2014)
The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) recalls that the Charter is designed for pluralist and multilingual societies and reiterates that “the protection and promotion of regional or minority languages in the different countries and regions of Europe represent an important contribution to the building of a Europe based on the principles of democracy and cultural diversity within the framework of national sovereignty and territorial integrity” (Preamble of the Charter). (read more...)
Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Slovenia
Strasbourg, 16.04.2014 The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers today made public an evaluation report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Slovenia. The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of languages of traditional national minorities. The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter. The Council of Europe asks the Slovenian authorities to reduce the gap between legislation and practice regarding the use of Hungarian and Italian in the provision of public services, in economic and social activities, and in relations with the State administration (read more...).