European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Committee of Ministers publishes report on minority languages in Sweden
Strasbourg, 14.1.2015 - The Charter is the European convention for the protection and promotion of traditionally used minority languages and applies in Sweden to Sami, Finnish and Meänkieli. The report, drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter, acknowledges the high level of commitment and continued efforts of the Swedish authorities to protect and promote their regional and minority languages.  However, the level of protection varies according to municipalities. The regulations concerning both the Minority Act and the Education Act on mother tongue instruction should further be clarified with respect to what kind of support the municipalities are obligated to provide. Read more...
Liet International, Oldenburg, Germany, 12 December 2014
On 12 December 2014, the 10th edition of Liet International, the song contest for musicians from different regions across Europe who sing in a regional or minority language, took place in the north German city of Oldenburg. This year's winner was Marina Iori, a 19 year-old musician from Val di Fassa in the north of Italy, who sang in Ladin, a minority language spoken in South Tyrol, Trentino and Belluno. The Musicians’ Award was won by the Aila-duo from Finland, singing in Aanaar Sámi, a language estimated to be spoken by less than 400 speakers. Organised for the first time in the capital of Friesland, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, in 2002, it has travelled around Europe since 2006 and since 2008, it has been under the patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe and is this year supported by a grant from the Council of Europe’s Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The Charter is an international treaty that aims to protect and promote the use of regional and minority languages all over Europe. Read more about the event / Read more about the winners
“Sami – the People, their Culture and Languages and the Council of Europe”  
From 27-29 November 2014, members of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) and the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) brought their expertise together in Inari (Finland) to discuss, together with Sami representatives from Finland, Norway and Sweden, how the Council of Europe human rights monitoring mechanisms can address the issue of “Sami – the People, their Culture and Languages and the Council of Europe”. Read more...   

Language Guides

ECRML - Menu European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

German Italian Russian

About the Charter
Text of the Charter
State parties
  Signatures and ratifications
  Instruments of ratification
  Promoting ratification
Languages covered
About monitoring
Committee of Experts
  A word from the Chair
  Rules of procedure
  Restricted access
Reports and recommendations
Secretary General's reports
Minority NGOs
Information materials
Speeches and presentations
Language guides
Useful links