Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in Slovakia
The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has today made public the second report on the situation of minority languages in Slovakia. 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.
On the basis of the report, the Committee of Ministers recommends the Slovak authorities to provide for adequate teaching of all minority languages at all appropriate levels of school education. Teacher-training should also be improved.
Slovakia is further encouraged to improve public television and radio broadcasting in all minority languages and make it easier for private television and radio to broadcast in minority languages. The creation of newspapers in all minority languages should also be encouraged.
Furthermore, the Committee of Ministers calls on Slovakia to continue measures to abolish the practice of unjustified enrolment of Roma children in schools for children with special needs.
The report was adopted by the Committee of Experts of the Charter in April 2009, and therefore does not contain any assessment of the amendments of the State Language Act of Slovakia of 30 June 2009.
The regional or minority languages protected under the Charter in Slovakia are Hungarian, German, Ruthenian, Ukrainian, Romani, Czech, Bulgarian, Croatian and Polish.
Full text of the report and the Committee of Ministers’ recommendations
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