The European Charter for regional and minority languages: application by Switzerland examined
Strasbourg, 24/09/2004: The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has just adopted a recommendation on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by Switzerland.
The recommendation follows the second evaluation report prepared by the Charter's independent Committee of Experts, using information submitted periodically by the country concerned, by NGOs and from reports following on-the-spot visits by the committee.
For Switzerland, the Committee of Ministers' recommendations include taking measures to strengthen the use of Romansh both in courts and in dealings with the cantonal administration, as well as on private television and radio. It also recommends that Switzerland recognise Yenish as a regional or minority language traditionally spoken in Switzerland.