Council of Europe publishes report on minority languages in the UK
The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers has today made public the third report on the situation of minority languages in the UK. 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 calls on the UK to continue taking resolute action for the protection and promotion of Scottish Gaelic in all areas, in particular in education, through the training of teachers and the production of teaching and learning materials.
Furthermore, the UK authorities are encouraged to adopt and implement a comprehensive Irish language policy, preferably through the adoption of legislation.
The UK should also ensure that health and social care facilities offer services in Welsh.
Finally, the Committee of Ministers recommends the UK to adopt a strategy to enhance and develop Ulster Scots, in co-operation with the speakers.
The regional or minority languages protected under the Charter in the UK are Welsh, Scottish Gaelic, Irish, Scots, Ulster Scots, Manx Gaelic and Cornish.
Full text of the report and the Committee of Ministers’ recommendations
Further information can also be found on the Charter's website, or by contacting the Charter Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org – Tel: +33 (0)3 88 41 31 86).