Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities


Round-table event to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

On 25 November 2013, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention invited high-level speakers and representatives of all member states to Strasbourg to celebrate the 15th anniversary by engaging in discussions on the achievements and outstanding challenges of minority protection in Europe today. Particular emphasis was placed on the continued exclusion of persons belonging to Roma communities as well as the re-emergence of nationalism and racism in many parts of Europe. Speakers, including former Presidents of the Advisory Committee as well as representatives of minority organizations, the UN, EU FRA and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities adamantly called on states to recommit themselves to ensure that persons belonging to national minorities are adequately protected and valued as active members of European society.

Link to the round-table file