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[26/01/2004] Publication of the opinion on Azerbaijan and the related comments by the Government

[28/01/2004] Follow-up seminar in Cyprus

[04/02/2004] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Austria

[20/02/2004] Bosnia and Herzegovina submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[01/03/2004] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

[02/03/2004] Publication of the opinion on Serbia and Montenegro

[29/03/2004] Follow-up seminars in Italy and the Russian Federation

[21/04/2004] Second cycle of monitoring commences

[21/04/2004] The Committee of Ministers appoints nine new ordinary members to sit in the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

[05/05/2004] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Ireland

[07/05/2004] Hungary submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[14/05/2004] Denmark and Moldova submit their second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[27/05/2004] The Advisory Committee adopts three new opinions

[03/06/2004] Italy submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[16/06/2004] The Advisory Committee has just adopted its fourth activity report

[02/07/2004] The Czech Republic submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[06/07/2004] Slovenia submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[16/07/2004] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Azerbaijan

[16/07/2004] Estonia submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[04/08/2004] Publication of the Final Report covering the three projects implemented under the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe

[31/08/2004] The Council of Europe and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) have concluded an agreement related to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Kosovo on 23 August 2004

[31/08/2004] Council of Europe’s national minority experts visit Croatia

[20/09/2004] Council of Europe’s national minority experts visit Hungary

[30/09/2004] Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee

[01/10/2004] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Poland and Spain

[01/10/2004] The Advisory Committee adopts two opinions under the second cycle of monitoring

[15/10/2004] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Moldova

[15/10/2004] Follow-up seminar in Lithuania

[17/11/2004] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Serbia and Montenegro

[24/11/2004] Armenia submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[29/11/2004] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Estonia

[29/11/2004] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the Czech Republic

[01/12/2004] Minority rights in Kosovo: Consultation meeting organised by the Council of Europe, UNMIK and the OSCE

[09/12/2004] The Advisory Committee adopts three opinions under the second cycle of monitoring

[10/12/2004] Finland submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[23/12/2004] Portugal submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities


26/01/2004
Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Azerbaijan and the comments by the state concerned

The opinion of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on measures taken in this field by Azerbaijan has been made public at the country's initiative.

The comments submitted by Azerbaijan have also been made public and are available on-line.

The Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts drew up the opinion on the basis of the state report and other materials and after conducting a visit to Azerbaijan. The opinion will soon be examined by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, which will then adopt its conclusions and possible recommendations.

The opinions of the Advisory Committee are made public upon the adoption of the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and recommendations, unless the country concerned agrees to make the opinion public at an earlier stage.


28/01/2004
Follow-up Seminar in Cyprus

The Cypriot authorities and the Council of Europe are organising this week a “follow-up seminar” to discuss how the findings of the monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities are being implemented in Cyprus.

This is the 12th country-specific follow-up seminar on the Framework Convention organised since 2002.


04/02/2004
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Austria

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a resolution in respect of Austria in the context of monitoring the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. These recommendations are largely based on the corresponding opinion presented by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities, highlighting a number of issues on which Austria is expected to take further measures to support national minorities.

The opinion presented by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities, together with the comments by the Austrian authorities, are already available on line.

The implementation of the Framework Convention is monitored by the Committee of Ministers and the Advisory Committee on National Minorities. The Committee of Ministers is to adopt conclusions and recommendations on the way in which States Parties comply with the various obligations enshrined in this treaty. In doing so, the Committee of Ministers can rely on the assessment made by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities on the basis of periodical State reports and information from other sources. Follow-up activities are carried out by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities between periodical reporting cycles.


20/02/2004
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Bosnia and Herzegovina

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina from 23 to 27 February 2004 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention by Bosnia and Herzegovina. The visit is the 30th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee since its establishment in 1998. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Bosnia and Herzegovina in order to seek information. The delegation will meet with the representatives of the relevant Ministries, Constitutional Courts, Ombudsman Offices, national minorities, as well as NGOs and international organisations like the OSCE. In addition to Sarajevo, the delegation will be visiting Banja Luka (Republika Srpska), Prnjavor and Tuzla (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina), in order to meet representatives of the entities and local authorities, as well as national minorities residing in those areas.

On the basis of the information collected during the visit and other information such as the state report once it has been submitted in an official language of the Council of Europe, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Bosnia and Herzegovina has implemented the provisions of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Bosnia and Herzegovina includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Asbjørn EIDE (Norway) and Mr Zdisław GALICKI (Poland), Ms Iulia MOTOC (Romania) and Ms Eva SMITH (Denmark). The delegation will be assisted by Mr Alain CHABLAIS from the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


01/03/2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted in English its state report pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


02/03/2004
Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Serbia and Montenegro

The opinion of the Advisory Committee of the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on measures taken in this field by Serbia and Montenegro has been made public at the country's initiative.

The Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts drew up the opinion on the basis of the state report and other materials and after conducting a visit to Serbia and Montenegro. The opinion will soon be examined by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, which will then adopt its conclusions and possible recommendations.

The opinions of the Advisory Committee are made public upon the adoption of the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and recommendations, unless the country concerned agrees to make the opinion public at an earlier stage.


29/03/2004
Follow-up Seminars in Italy and the Russian Federation

STRASBOURG, 29.03.2004 - The Italian and Russian authorities and the Council of Europe organised last week a “follow-up seminar” on 16 March and 24 March 2004 respectively, to discuss how the findings of the monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities are being implemented in their respective countries.

These were the 13th and 14th country-specific follow-up seminars on the Framework Convention organised since 2002.


21/04/2004
Second cycle of monitoring commences

STRASBOURG, 21.04.2004 – The second cycle of monitoring under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has actively commenced with the submission of the second State Reports in respect of Liechtenstein on 25 March 2004 and Croatia on 13 April 2004. These reports will now be examined by the Advisory Committee composed of 18 independent experts and then by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

On this occasion, Mr Rainer Hofmann, President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities congratulated Liechtenstein and Croatia for the timely submission of their second report and urged those countries whose second reports are now due to submit them as soon as possible, in accordance with the outline adopted by the Committee of Ministers.

Mr Hofmann also encouraged non-governmental organisations to submit information to the Advisory Committee on the implementation of the Framework Convention in the countries due to report this year. He noted that one of the issues the Advisory Committee will address in the second cycle is how the results of the first monitoring cycle have been followed up in the States concerned. The Committee is also interested in other new developments on minority protection, and it has identified a number of country-specific questions it plans to examine.


21/04/2004
The Committee of Ministers appoints nine new ordinary members to sit in the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

At their 881bis meeting on 21 April 2004 and in accordance with Rules 15 and 16 of Resolution (97) 10, the Ministers' Deputies appointed the following experts – three by drawing lots – as ordinary members to fill the 9 seats on the Advisory Committee which will become vacant on 1 June 2004 as a result of the rotation system established by Resolution (97)10.

The Deputies appointed as ordinary members of the Advisory Committee for a four-year term commencing on 1 June 2004 and expiring on 31 May 2008 the following persons:

- Mr SINANI, Gjergj in respect of Albania;
- Mr KOCHARYAN, Vigen in respect of Armenia;
- Ms YOLCHUYEVA, Arzu in respect of Azerbaijan;
- Mr GARVALOV, Ivan in respect of Bulgaria;
- Ms DOMINI, Mirjana in respect of Croatia;
- Ms LAURISTIN, Marju in respect of Estonia;
- Mr JANSSON, Gunnar in respect of Finland;
- Ms NEVES XAVIER AMORIM TAVARES DA SILVA, Maria Regina in respect of Portugal;
- Mr TCHERNITCHENKO, Stanislav, in respect of Russian Federation.


05/05/2004
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Ireland

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a resolution in respect of Ireland in the context of monitoring the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. This resolution contains conclusions and recommendations which are largely based on the corresponding opinion presented by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities, highlighting a number of issues on which Ireland is expected to take further measures to support national minorities.

The opinion presented by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities, together with the comments by the Irish authorities, are also available on line.

The implementation of the Framework Convention is monitored by the Committee of Ministers and the Advisory Committee on National Minorities. The Committee of Ministers is to adopt conclusions and recommendations on the way in which States Parties comply with the various obligations enshrined in this treaty. In doing so, the Committee of Ministers can rely on the assessment made by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities on the basis of periodical State reports and information from other sources. Follow-up activities are carried out by the Advisory Committee on National Minorities between periodical reporting cycles.


07/05/2004
Hungary submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Hungary submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


14/05/2004
Denmark and Moldova submit their second Reports pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Denmark and Moldova submitted in English their second state reports pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


27/05/2004
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts three additional country-specific opinions

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted opinions on the implementation of this convention in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Bulgaria on 27 May 2004. The opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect of these three countries.

To-date, the Advisory Committee has adopted 34 opinions, of which 28 are public. The opinions of the Advisory Committee shall be made public at the same time as the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers, unless in a specific case the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise. However States concerned may decide to publish the opinion of the Advisory Committee and their comments thereon at an earlier stage if they so wish.


03/06/2004
Italy submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Italy submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on 14 May 2004. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


16/06/2004
Fourth Activity Report of the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee has just adopted its fourth activity report. The reporting period is from 1 June 2002 to 31 May 2004.


02/07/2004
The Czech Republic submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The Czech Republic submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


06/07/2004
Slovenia submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Slovenia submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


16/07/2004
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Azerbaijan 

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a resolution on how Azerbaijan has put to practice the principles contained in the Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. This resolution contains conclusions and recommendations which are largely based on the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, highlighting a number of issues on which Azerbaijan is expected to take further measures to support its national minorities.

The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee, together with the comments by the Azerbaijani authorities, are also available on line.

The implementation of the Framework Convention is monitored by the Committee of Ministers and the Advisory Committee. The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations on the way in which States Parties comply with the various obligations enshrined in this treaty. In doing so, the Committee of Ministers can rely on the assessment made by the Advisory Committee on the basis of periodical State reports and information from other sources. Follow-up activities are carried out by the Advisory Committee between periodical reporting cycles.


16/07/2004
Estonia submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Estonia submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


04/08/2004
Publication of the final Report covering the three projects implemented under the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe

Building on the assistance and co-operation activities carried out by the Secretariat, three projects implemented under the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe concerning national minorities were concluded at the end of 2003.

These projects included a non-discrimination review aimed at identifying discriminatory provisions in the legislation, policies and practices of the countries of the region and recommending action to bring legislation and practice into line with European standards.

There was also a project concerning acceptance and implementation of existing standards. This project was geared towards encouraging the countries in the region to sign and ratify all relevant international standards and also ensured that these standards were fully implemented in practice at national level and local level.

Finally there was a project concerning bilateral co-operation agreements aimed at reinforcing and developing bilateral co-operation in the field of minorities in a way that was consistent and co-ordinated with existing multilateral standards, and in particular those of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The final report, together with documents published during the implementation of these three projects are available on-line (see archived publications).


31/08/2004
The Council of Europe to monitor minority rights in Kovoso

The Council of Europe and the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) have concluded an agreement related to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Kosovo on 23 August 2004.

According to the agreement, UNMIK and the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government in Kosovo shall exercise their respective responsibilities in compliance with the principles contained in the Framework Convention.

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, assisted by the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention, shall monitor the implementation of this treaty in Kosovo.

Following a submission of a report by the UNMIK (due in February 2005), the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention will adopt its Opinion and the Committee of Ministers its conclusions concerning the adequacy of the measures taken to give effect to the principles of the Framework Convention.

The agreement notes that 35 States are Parties to the Framework Convention, including Serbia and Montenegro. The agreement emphasises that it does not make UNMIK a Party to the Framework Convention and that it is without prejudice to the future status of Kosovo to be determined in accordance with Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).


31/08/2004
Council of Europe's national minority experts visit Croatia

The Advisory Committee on National Minorities will visit Croatia on 6-10 September 2004 to examine how the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has been put into practice and how the first Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Resolution of the Committee of Ministers have been followed up in Croatia, notably in the light of the second state report submitted by Croatia in April 2004.

The independent experts of the Advisory Committee will meet with officials, national minorities and NGOs in Zagreb and in Vukovar. After the visit, the Advisory Committee will draw up its second Opinion on Croatia.

The Advisory Committee’s delegation visiting Croatia includes Ms Anastasia CRICKLEY from Ireland and Mr Asbjørn EIDE from Norway, and it will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI from the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


20/09/2004
Council of Europe's national minority experts visit Hungary

The Advisory Committee on National Minorities will visit Hungary on 20-24 September 2004 to examine how the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has been put into practice and how the first Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Resolution of the Committee of Ministers have been followed up in Hungary, notably in the light of the second state report submitted by Hungary in May 2004.

The independent experts of the Advisory Committee will meet with officials, national minorities and NGOs in Budapest, Pécs and other municipalities of the Baranya County. After the visit, the Advisory Committee will draw up its second Opinion on Hungary.

The Advisory Committee’s delegation visiting Hungary includes Mr Mihai CERNENCO from Moldova, Mr Zdzislaw GALICKI from Poland and Mr Gunnar JANSSON from Finland. It will be assisted by Mr Alain CHABLAIS from the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


30/09/2004
Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

On the occasion of its 20th meeting, where half of its members were renewed, the Advisory Committe of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities elected its Bureau for a 2-year period. Asbjørn EIDE (Norway), President, “Senior Fellow” at the Norwegian Institute of Human Rights, Lidija BASTA FLEINER (Serbia and Montenegro), 1st Vice-President, Professor at the Institute of Federalism of Fribourg University and Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ÅKERMARK (Sweden), 2nd Vice-President, Associate Professor, Uppsala University, were elected.


01/10/2004
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts two opinions

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted today the first country-specific opinions under the second cycle of monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted relate to Croatia and Liechtenstein. The opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect of these States.

The opinions of the Advisory Committee shall be made public at the same time as the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers, unless in a specific case the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise.


05/10/2004
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Poland and Spain

The Committee of Ministers adopted conclusions and recommendations on the monitoring of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in respect of Poland and Spain, at its 898th meeting on 30 September 2004. The corresponding Opinions concerning these two countries were made public on the same day.

Referring to the work of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, the Committee of Ministers notably made reference, with regard to Poland, to the need to foresee, at a matter of priority, additional legal guarantees concerning the use of minority languages in public life. Efforts should also be made in the media sector, through the setting up of additional programmes as well as by an extension of the geographical area covered by these programmes. Finally, with regard to Roma, it is considered that additional efforts are necessary to combat acts of discrimination and to ensure equal opportunities.

With regard to Spain, the Committee of Ministers recognises, following the example of the Advisory Committee, that the level of decentralisation in the country favours the promotion of diversity and the recognition of identity. If it is positive that Roma benefit from the protection of the Framework Convention, appropriate action is required in the sectors of employment, health, housing, access to public services or education in order to ensure full and effective equal opportunities for the Roma and to encourage their improved integration in Spanish society. Additional efforts in raising awareness and prevention have been recognised as being useful in the pursuit of the struggle against discrimination.

The resolutions and the Opinions on Poland and Spain are available on-line, as well as the comments submitted by the governments of these two countries. The monitoring of the Framework Convention is assured by the Committee of Ministers and the Advisory Committee.


15/10/2004
Follow-up Seminar in Lithuania

The Lithuanian authorities and the Council of Europe will organise a “follow-up seminar” on Monday, 18 October 2004 to discuss how the findings of the monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities are being implemented in Lithuania.

This is the 16th country-specific follow-up seminar on the Framework Convention organised since 2002.


17/11/2004
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Serbia and Montenegro

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a resolution on how Serbia and Montenegro has put to practice the principles contained in the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. This resolution contains conclusions and recommendations which are largely based on the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, highlighting positive developments but also a number of issues on which Serbia and Montenegro is expected to take further measures to support its national minorities.

The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee, together with the comments by the authorities of Serbia and Montenegro, are also available on line.

The implementation of the Framework Convention is monitored by the Committee of Ministers and the Advisory Committee. The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations on the way in which States Parties comply with the various obligations enshrined in this treaty. In doing so, the Committee of Ministers can rely on the assessment made by the Advisory Committee on the basis of periodical State reports and information from other sources. Follow-up activities are carried out by the Advisory Committee between periodical reporting cycles.


24/11/2004
Armenia submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Armenia submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


29/11/2004
Council of Europe's national minority experts visit the Czech Republic

The Advisory Committee on National Minorities will visit the Czech Republic from 29 November - 02 December 2004 to examine how the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has been put into practice and how the first Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Resolution of the Committee of Ministers have been followed up in the Czech Republic, notably in the light of the second state report submitted by the Czech Republic in July 2004.

The independent experts of the Advisory Committee will meet with officials, national minorities and NGOs in Prague and in Ostrava. After the visit, the Advisory Committee will draw up its second Opinion on the Czech Republic.

The Advisory Committee’s delegation visiting the Czech Republic includes Mrs Lidija BASTA FLEINER from Serbia and Montenegro, Mrs Arzu AGHDASI-SISAN from Azerbaijan and Mr Ahmed ŽILIĆ from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and it will be assisted by Ms Artemiza CHISCA from the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


29/11/2004
Council of Europe's national minority experts visit Estonia

The Advisory Committee on National Minorities will visit Estonia from 30 November - 02 December 2004 to examine how the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has been put into practice and how the first Opinion of the Advisory Committee and the Resolution of the Committee of Ministers have been followed up in Estonia, notably in the light of the second state report submitted by Estonia in July 2004.

The independent experts of the Advisory Committee will meet with officials, national minorities and NGOs in Tallin as well as in Johvi, Kohtla-Jarve and Peipsiaare. After the visit, the Advisory Committee will draw up its second Opinion on Estonia.

The Advisory Committee’s delegation visiting Estonia includes Mr Vigen KOCHARYAN from Armenia and Ms Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ÅKERMARK from Sweden. It will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI from the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


01/12/2004
Minority rights in Kosovo: consultation meeting organised by the Council of Europe, UNMIK and the OSCE

A consultation meeting will be organised on 3-4 December 2004 in Pristina, Kosovo in order to discuss the preparation of a report on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The submission of such a report is required under the Agreement signed between the United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) and the Council of Europe on 23 August 2004: in accordance with the Agreement, UNMIK shall transmit a report to the Council of Europe on the legislative and other measures that have been taken to give effect to the principles set forth in the Framework Convention. The report is due in February 2005.

The meeting will bring together all relevant stakeholders, including representatives of the Provisional Institutions of Self-Government (PISG) and international organisations working in Kosovo, NGOs and representatives of all communities in Kosovo.

The Council of Europe delegation to the meeting will include Professor Rainer Hofmann, former President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention.


01/12/2004
Armenia submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Malta submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


09/12/2004
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts three opinions

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted today three country-specific opinions under the second cycle of monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted relate to Moldova, Hungary and Denmark. The opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect of these States.

The opinions of the Advisory Committee shall be made public at the same time as the conclusions and recommendations of the Committee of Ministers, unless in a specific case the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise.


10/12/2004
Finland submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

On 10 December 2004, Finland submitted its second state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


23/12/2005
Portugal submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Portugal submitted in French its state report pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.