Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Montenegro
Strasbourg, 12 September 2012. The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has today made public the second report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Montenegro. The Charter is the Council of Europe convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by national minorities. It entered into force in Montenegro in 2006.
The report has been drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter. In its report, the Committee of Experts notes legal and practical improvements for minority languages in Montenegro. The Albanian language remains on the whole well protected and supported. Education in Albanian is offered at all levels in all areas the Charter applies. Problems of training for primary school teachers have been solved by co-operation with Albanian universities.
There are promising developments with regard to the Romani language, but more efforts are needed from the authorities to improve the situation, especially in education. The Montenegrin authorities are called upon to ensure the use of Romani in education, including by providing teacher training and teaching materials.
The Charter now also applies to Croatian and Bosnian, further to the wishes of the speakers of these 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).