Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Slovenia
20 June 2007. The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has today made public the second report on the situation of minority languages in the Slovenia.
On the basis of this report, the Committee of Ministers calls on Slovenia to:
- define the areas where German and Croatian have traditionally been spoken in Slovenia and apply the Charter to these languages;
- clarify the traditional presence of the Bosnian and Serbian languages in Slovenia;
- continue to implement the Strategy for Education of Roma;
- improve the use of Hungarian and Italian in practice in relation to public services, economic and social activities and local branches of State administration;
- ensure that any changes to administrative boundaries are not harmful to the protection and promotion of the Italian language.
This report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts which monitors the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
The regional or minority languages protected under the Charter in Slovenia are Hungarian, Italian and Romani.
The full text of the report and the Committee of Ministers’ recommendations can be downloaded from the Charter's website: http://www.coe.int/minlang ("Reports and Recommendations" section).
Further information can also be found on the Charter's website, or by contacting the Charter Secretariat (DG1.Minlang@coe.int – Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 31 86).