Strasbourg, 19 June 2012. The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has made public the first report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Romania. The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter.
On the basis of this report, the Council of Europe calls on Romania to adopt a structured approach for the implementation of the Charter, in co-operation with representatives of the national minorities. Measures to develop comprehensive educational models for teaching in/of Tatar and Turkish should also be taken. The Council of Europe also recommends the Romanian authorities to take measures to provide the basic and further training of a sufficient number of teachers for German, Hungarian, Turkish and Ukrainian.
The Romanian authorities are also called upon to continue to develop a comprehensive offer of teaching in/of Romani, taking account of the needs and wishes of the Roma. Furthermore, the Council of Europe recommends to reconsider the thresholds for official use of minority languages in administration and to improve the offer of radio and television broadcasts in certain minority languages.
The full report and Committee of Ministers' recommendations can be downloaded from the Charter website (www.coe.int/minlang) (in the "Documents" section). Further information can also be found on the Charter’s website or by contacting the Charter Secretariat (Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +33 (0)3 90 21 44 66).