The role of NGOs in the implementation and monitoring of the Charter
NGOs must be regarded by states as preferred partners in the pursuit of the shared aim of promoting language diversity. Their role is decisive, both before and after ratification of the Charter. Prior to ratification, they may assist states to choose the languages concerned and the provisions of Part III that they wish to apply within their territory. Their role in the monitoring of the honouring of commitments is to advise the committee of experts and the national authorities of any problem that may arise when the Charter is implemented in states.
For more information, we recommend the handbook - "Working Together: NGOs and regional or minority languages", edited by Council of Europe Publishing (link).
In addition, three other tools may assist NGOs during the implementation and monitoring of the Charter:
● The Language Guides provide an overview of the provisions applying to languages covered by the Charter
● The Language Guides are supplemented by Negotiation Guides, which summarise the recommendations of the Committee of Experts and the Committee of Ministers regarding provisions of the Charter that are not yet completely implemented. This compilation, which is updated after each monitoring cycle, helps NGOs to prepare their talks with the authorities and the Committee of Experts during the implementation and monitoring of the Charter and can serve as a basis for a statement in accordance with Article 16.2 of the Charter:
● The Involvement Calendar (example) outlines, in conjunction with the dates and deadlines set out below, how and when NGOs can get involved in implementation and monitoring.
Reports and recommendations
Calendar of events (including on-the-spot visits)