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Minority languages in Croatia: new evaluation report published
Strasbourg, 16.04.2015. - The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe issued on 15 April a new evaluation report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Croatia. The Council of Europe appreciates the positive climate of dialogue with the Croatian authorities on minority language protection. The evaluation report commends the Croatian authorities on the extension of the application of the Charter to German, Slovenian and Roma languages. It also welcomes the adoption by the Croatian authorities of a new Action Plan for the Implementation of the Constitutional Act on the Rights of National Minorities as a useful framework for the achievement of concrete and measurable objectives in the field of minority language promotion. However, the Action Plan does not cover all undertakings chosen by Croatia under the Charter, the report notes. Read more
An International Conference on ”Minority Protection at a Crossroads” will take place on 31 March 2015 at Alandica Conference Venue, Mariehamn, Åland Islands (Finland). The conference is being co-organised by the Åland Islands Peace Institute and the Council of Europe’s Antidiscrimination Department. Ms Astrid Thors, OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, and the Presidents of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (ACFC) and of the Committee of Expert of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) will deliver conceptual key note speeches on challenges in the protection of minorities and their languages in Europe. The role of monitoring bodies will be addressed in a round table discussion. Participants from a number of countries and Finnish policy-makers will share their experiences of minority and minority language protection in Europe. This event is yet another example of increased efforts to enhance synergies not just between the Council of Europe "kin monitoring mechanisms" but also between key external partners working in the area of minority protection. The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) will be represented at this event by its President and Vice-President. Webpage of Åland Peace Institute: www.peace.ax
“50th meeting” European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML)
The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) will hold its 50th meeting at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg from 17-20 March 2015. To mark the occasion of this anniversary meeting, a commemorative event will take place on 17 March 2015 and will provide an opportunity to take stock of achievements and point the way forward in order to continue and improve the protection and promotion of regional and minority languages in Europe. It will allow those present to share their knowledge and experience and to identify trends and challenges. The impact of the Charter will be presented and illustrated by examples of good practice. One of the “founding fathers” of the Charter will give an “eyewitness account” of its conception. Read more  
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