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[07/02/2001] Monitoring of the Framework Convention: First procedural decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers' Deputies

15/02/2001] The Ministers' Deputies today decided to invite the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention to express its views on the PACE Recommendation 1492 on the rights of national minorities

[02/03/2001] Norway submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[06/04/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts four further country-specific opinions on Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and the Czech Republic

[11/05/2001] The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia accedes to the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[16/05/2001] Switzerland submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[23/05/2001] 8th meeting of Government Offices for National Minorities followed by a meeting on Stability Pact Projects concerning Minorities (Strasbourg, 21-22 May 2001)

[25/05/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Estonia

[31/05/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits United Kingdom

[05/06/2001] Sweden submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[11/06/2001] Armenia submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[12-14/06/2001] 756th meeting of the Committee of Ministers. Decisions on general issues related to the monitoring of the Framework Convention

[25/06/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Germany

[06/07/2001] Publication of the first opinions of the Advisory Committee and the comments by the States concerned

[26/07/2001] Albania submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[01/08/2001] Belgium signs the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[04/09/2001] Publication of the first opinion of the Advisory Committee on Liechtenstein and the comments by the State concerned

[14/09/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts two further country-specific opinions on Italy and Estonia

[14/09/2001] Publication of the first opinion of the Advisory Committee on Hungary and the comments by the State concerned

[31/10/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Moldova

[31/10/2001] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted, for the first time, conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in two States Parties

[31/10/2001] Lithuania submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[13/11/2001] Ireland submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[21/11/2001] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in two States Parties

[27/11/2001] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in three States Parties

[30/11/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts one further country-specific opinion on the United Kingdom

[04/12/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Ukraine

[11/12/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Armenia

[14/12/2001] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Austria


07/02/2001
Monitoring of the Framework Convention: first procedural decisions adopted by the Committee of Ministers' Deputies

The Committee of Ministers Ministers' Deputies, at their 740th meeting, adopted their first procedural decisions concerning the monitoring in respect of Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Slovakia, Liechtenstein, Malta and San Marino.


15/02/2001
Follow-up to PACE Recommendation 1492 on the rights of national minorities of the Framework Convention: consultation decided by the Committee of Ministers' Deputies

The Committee of Ministers Ministers' Deputies, at their 742th meeting, adopted the following decision

742nd meeting – 15 February 2001
Item 3.1

Parliamentary Assembly
1st Part of the 2001 Session (Strasbourg, 22-26 January 2001)
Recommendation 1492 (2001) on the rights of national minorities
Recommendation 1500 (2001) on participation of immigrants and foreign residents in political life in the Council of Europe member states
(2001 Session (Provisional compendium of texts adopted))

Decisions

I. The Deputies
concerning Recommendation 1492 (2001) on the rights of national minorities
(...)

II. The Deputies

2. decided to bring it to the attention of their Governments;

3. adopted Decision No. CM/776/15022001 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH), as it appears at Appendix 3 to the present volume of Decisions;

4. invited the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities to express its views on the Recommendation;

5. invited the Commissioner for Human Rights to give his opinion on the Recommendation and in particular on its paragraph xii;

6. invited the Expert Committee of the European Charter of Regional and Minority Languages to express its view on the Recommendation and in particular on its paragraphs xiii and xiv;

7. invited their Rapporteur Group on Human Rights (GR-H) to prepare a draft reply, in the light of the opinions received, for adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings; concerning Recommendation 1500 (2001) on participation of immigrants and foreign residents in political life in the Council of Europe member states

8. decided to bring it to the attention of their Governments;

9. adopted Decision No. CM/777/15022001 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the Steering Committee on Local and Regional Democracy (CDLR) as it appears at Appendix 4 to the present volume of Decisions;

10. adopted Decision No. CM/778/15022001 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the Committee of Experts on Nationality (CJ-NA) as it appears at Appendix 5 to the present volume of Decisions;

11. adopted Decision No. CM/779/15022001 assigning ad hoc terms of reference to the European Committee on Migration (CDMG) as it appears at Appendix 6 to the present volume of Decisions;

12. decided to invite the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) to express its views on the Recommendation;

13. instructed the Secretariat to prepare a draft reply in the light of the opinions received, with a view to its adoption at one of their forthcoming meetings;

14. adopted the following reply to Recommendations 1492 and 1500 (2001) adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly at the first part of the 2001 Session (22-26 January 2001):

“The Committee of Ministers brought Recommendations 1492 and 1500 (2001) to the attention of the Governments of member States and entrusted them to the competent committee of experts/organs and/or to the rapporteur group concerned, for opinion or for consideration.”


02/03/2001
Norway submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Norway 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.


06/04/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts four opinions

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted today four country-specific opinions on the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted today relate to the following countries: Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and the Czech Republic. 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.

The Advisory Committee, set up in 1998 in accordance with Article 26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, is composed of independent experts with recognised expertise in the field of national minorities. The Advisory Committee is tasked to adopt an opinion on each of the 33 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


11/05/2001
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia accedes to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia today acceded to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The Framework Convention will enter into force for the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia on 1st September 2001.

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
The Framework Convention sets out the principles to be respected and implemented by the States Parties. They thereby undertake:

• to combat discrimination,
• to promote full and effective equality, between national minorities and the majority,
• to promote the conditions necessary to preserve and develop the culture and safeguard the identity of national minorities, their language, religion and tradition,
• to afford persons belonging to national minorities freedom of peaceful assembly, freedom of association, freedom of expression and freedom of thought, conscience and religion,
• to ensure the right to access to and use of the media,

in the field of linguistic freedoms

• to allow the use of the minority language in private and in public, as well as in dealings with administrative authorities,
• to recognise the right to use one's name in the minority language,
• to recognise the right to display information of a private nature visible to the public in the minority language,
• to make efforts to display topographical indications in the minority language,

in the field of education,

• to provide opportunities for learning a minority language and for receiving instruction in this language,
• to recognise the creation of educational and training establishments,
• not to hinder transfrontier contacts,
• to foster transfrontier and international co-operation,
• to encourage participation in economic, cultural and social life,
• to promote participation in public affairs,
• to prohibit forced assimilation.

Implementation
The Convention includes a monitoring mechanism, whereby the Committee of Ministers, assisted by an Advisory Committee composed of independent experts, evaluates the adequacy of the Convention's implementation. The States Parties will be obliged to present, within one year after the entry into force of the Convention, a report containing full information on legislative and other measures taken to give effect to the Convention. Moreover, each Party shall thereafter submit a report every five years and whenever the Committee of Ministers so requests. The reports of the States and the conclusions of the Committee of Ministers will be made public.

Non-member states may also be invited to accede to Framework Convention.


16/05/2001
Switzerland submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Switzerland 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.


23/05/2001
8th Meeting of Government Offices for National Minorities followed by a meeting on Stability Pact Projects concerning Minorities (Strasbourg, 21-22 May 2001)

The Eighth Meeting of Government Offices for National Minorities was open to all member States of the Council of Europe and applicant States. A number of intergovernmental organisations, NGOs and other experts also attended the meeting. The focus of the 8th meeting was on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the experience of all those involved in this process. Such meetings have been organised periodically since 1994.

Following the Eighth Meeting of Government Offices, there was a special meeting on Stability Pact Projects concerning minorities for countries participating and facilitating in the Stability Pact for South-East Europe. Discussions were focused on three programmes under the Stability Pact concerning minorities, namely:

• a non-discrimination review of legislation and practice;
• projects concerning acceptance and implementation of existing standards concerning minorities;
• assistance in preparing and negotiating bi-lateral co-operation agreements.

This meeting was the launch platform for activities under these Stability Pact Projects.

Further documents and other materials related to the Eighth Meeting of Government Offices for National Minorities are available.


25/05/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Estonia

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Tallin next week (28 May - 1 June 2001) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Estonia. The visit is the 10th 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.

Estonia submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in December 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Estonia in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of minorities, members of the Delegation of the European Commission in Estonia and the OSCE Mission to Estonia, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Estonia has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Estonia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Rainer HOFMANN (Germany, President), Mr Sergio BARTOLE (Italy) and Mrs Mirjana DOMINI (Croatia). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Estonia, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


31/05/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the United Kingdom

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting the United Kingdom next week (4 - 8 June 2001) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention. The visit is the 11th 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 United Kingdom submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in July 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in the United Kingdom in order to seek further information. The delegation will be going to London to meet representatives of the Government, the Commission for Racial Equality and other relevant sources, including representatives of minorities, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. In the course of its visit, the delegation will also be going to Belfast on 6 June in order to meet, inter alia, Government officials, representatives of the Human Rights Commission, the Equality Commission, the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland as well as NGOs based in Northern Ireland. On the basis of the state report, the findings of the visit and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how the United Kingdom has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting the United Kingdom includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Dimitar GELEV (“the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”), Mr Ferenc HAJOS (Slovenia), Mr Joseph MARKO (Austria) and Mrs Eva Smith-Asmussen (Denmark). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Mark NEVILLE of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by the UK, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Ukraine.


05/06/2001
Sweden submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Sweden 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.


11/06/2001
Armenia submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Armenia 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.


12-14/06/2001
Committee of Ministers decisions on general issues related to the monitoring of the Framework Convention

The Committee of Ministers at its 756th meeting, took the following decisions on general issues related to the monitoring of the Framework Convention.


25/06/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Germany

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Germany this week (26 - 29 June 2001) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention. The visit is the 12th 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.

Germany submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in February 2000, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Germany in order to seek further information. The delegation will be going to Berlin to meet representatives of the Federal Government and members of the Parliament (Bundestag), as well as representatives of several Länder and other relevant sources, including representatives of minorities, NGOs and other independent experts. In the course of its visit, the delegation will also be going to Cottbus (Brandenburg) and Bautzen (Saxony) on 27 June in order to meet, inter alia, representatives of the Länder as well as Commissioners for Sorbian matters. On the basis of the state report, the findings of the visit and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Germany has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Germany includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Alan PHILLIPS (First Vice-President, UK), Mr Ferenc HAJOS (Slovenia) and Mr Jozef SIVAK (Slovakia). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Alain CHABLAIS of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by the Germany, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Italy, Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and Ukraine.


06/07/2001
Publication of the first opinions of the Advisory Committee and the comments by the states concerned

Two opinions 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 Slovakia and Finland have been made public at the countries' request. This is the first time that such opinions have been made public.

The opinions assess, from the legal standpoint, how well the measures taken by Finland and Slovakia meet the Framework Convention's requirements.

The opinion on Slovakia states that appreciable efforts have been made to support minorities and their cultures and that there has been significant progress in inter-community relations, in particular between the Hungarian minority and the rest of the population. Nonetheless, legal guarantees in respect of a number of the Framework Convention's clauses needed reinforcing, and in several fields where guarantees were legally satisfactory, greater efforts were needed to ensure they were fully put into effect. Discrimination against the Roma in various fields and their treatment by the police remained worrying.

The opinion on Finland praises the efforts that have been made on behalf of Swedish-speaking Finns and the efforts to improve protection for the Sami. However, it expresses concern at de facto discrimination against the Roma and observes that protection of the Russian-speaking population is not totally satisfactory.

The opinions on Slovakia and Finland are available on-line, as well as the comments by the Slovak Government and by the Finnish Government.

The opinions are drawn up by an Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts after scrutiny of the reports submitted by states parties to the Framework Convention and, as appropriate, visits to the countries concerned. They are then submitted to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, which at present is examining the first series of opinions. The Committee of Ministers can make recommendations to the countries concerned and set a time-limit for putting the recommendations into effect.

The opinions are generally to be made public together with states parties' written comments and the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and recommendations. If they wish, however, and without prejudice to the subsequent Committee of Ministers examination, states parties can publish the opinions concerning them and their written comments, before the Committee of Ministers examines the opinions. Slovakia and Finland are the first countries to do so.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 11 opinions, on: Denmark (22 September 2000), Finland (22 September 2000), Hungary (22 September 2000), Slovakia (22 September 2000), San Marino (30 November 2000), Liechtenstein (30 November 2000), Malta (30 November 2000), Cyprus (6 April 2001), Croatia (6 April 2001), the Czech Republic (6 April 2001) and Romania (6 April 2001).


26/07/2001
Albania submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Albania 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.


01/08/2001
Belgium signs the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Yesterday Belgium signed the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Mr Louis MICHEL, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium, signed this text in the presence of Mr Jean-Luc GIANARDI, Director General of Administration and Logistics of the Council of Europe.


04/09/2001
Publication of the first opinion of the Advisory Committee on Liechtenstein 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 Liechtenstein has been made public at the country's request.

The state report submitted by Liechtenstein is available on-line.

The opinions are drawn up by an Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts after scrutiny of the reports submitted by states parties to the Framework Convention and, as appropriate, visits to the countries concerned. They are then submitted to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, which at present is examining the first series of opinions. The Committee of Ministers can make recommendations to the countries concerned and set a time-limit for putting the recommendations into effect.

The opinions are generally to be made public together with states parties' written comments and the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and recommendations. If they wish, however, and without prejudice to the subsequent Committee of Ministers examination, states parties can publish the opinions concerning them and their written comments, before the Committee of Ministers examines the opinions. Slovakia and Finland are the first countries to do so.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 11 opinions, on: Denmark (22 September 2000), Finland (22 September 2000), Hungary (22 September 2000), Slovakia (22 September 2000), San Marino (30 November 2000), Liechtenstein (30 November 2000), Malta (30 November 2000), Cyprus (6 April 2001), Croatia (6 April 2001), the Czech Republic (6 April 2001) and Romania (6 April 2001).


14/09/2001
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 two country-specific opinions on the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted today relate to the following countries: Italy and Estonia. 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. 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.

The Advisory Committee, set up in 1998 in accordance with Article 26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, is composed of independent experts with recognised expertise in the field of national minorities. The Advisory Committee is tasked to adopt an opinion on each of the 33 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


14/09/2001
Publication of the first opinion of the Advisory Committee on Hungary 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 Hungary has been made public at the country's request.

The state report submitted by Hungary is available on-line.

The opinions are drawn up by an Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts after scrutiny of the reports submitted by states parties to the Framework Convention and, as appropriate, visits to the countries concerned. They are then submitted to the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, which at present is examining the first series of opinions. The Committee of Ministers can make recommendations to the countries concerned and set a time-limit for putting the recommendations into effect.

The opinions are generally to be made public together with states parties' written comments and the Committee of Ministers' conclusions and recommendations. If they wish, however, and without prejudice to the subsequent Committee of Ministers examination, states parties can publish the opinions concerning them and their written comments, before the Committee of Ministers examines the opinions. Slovakia and Finland are the first countries to do so.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 13 opinions, on: Denmark (22 September 2000), Finland (22 September 2000), Hungary (22 September 2000), Slovakia (22 September 2000), San Marino (30 November 2000), Liechtenstein (30 November 2000), Malta (30 November 2000), Cyprus (6 April 2001), Croatia (6 April 2001), the Czech Republic (6 April 2001), Romania (6 April 2001), Estonia (14.09.2001) and Italy (14.09.2001).


31/10/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Moldova

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Chisinau this week (31 October - 5 November 2001) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Moldova. The visit is the 13th 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.

Moldova submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in June 2000, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Moldova in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, Parliamentary Advocates, representatives of minorities, representatives of Gagauzia, representatives of Taraclia County, members of the PNUD in Moldova and the OSCE Mission to Moldova, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Moldova has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Moldova includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Tonio ELLUL (Malta), Mr Dalibor JILEK (Czech Republic), Mrs Marju LAURISTIN (ESTONIA) and Mrs Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark). The Delegation will be assisted by Mrs Artemiza CHISCA of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Moldova, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


31/10/2001
The Committee of Ministers gives new impetus to protection for national minorities

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted, for the first time, conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in two States Parties.

The two states concerned are Denmark and Finland.


31/10/2001
Lithuania submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Lithuania 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.


11/11/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Armenia

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Yerevan this week in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Armenia. The visit is the 14th 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 visiting Armenia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Gáspar BÍRÓ (Hungary), Mr Ysevolod MITSIK (Ukraine), et Ms Sara NUNEZ de PRADO y CLAVEL (Spain). The Delegation will be assisted by Mrs Artemiza CHISCA of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Armenia, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


13/11/2001
Ireland submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Ireland 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.


21/11/2001
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Hungary and Slovakia

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in two States Parties.

The two states concerned are Hungary and Slovakia.


27/11/2001
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Liechtenstein, Malta and San Marino

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in three States Parties.

The three states concerned are Liechtenstein, Malta and San Marino.


30/11/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts one additional opinion

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted today one country-specific opinion on the implementation of this convention. The opinion adopted today relate to the United Kingdom. The opinion will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect of UK. 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.

The Advisory Committee, set up in 1998 in accordance with Article 26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, is composed of independent experts with recognised expertise in the field of national minorities. The Advisory Committee is tasked to adopt an opinion on each of the 34 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


04/12/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Ukraine

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Kiev this week (4-6 December 2001) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Ukraine. The visit is the 14th 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.

Ukraine submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in November 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Ukraine in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of minorities, representatives of the OSCE, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Ukraine has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Ukraine includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Dalibor JILEK (Czech Republic), Mr Ferenc HAJOS (Slovenia) and Mr Karel MYNTTI (Finland). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Ukraine, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


11/12/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Armenia

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the COUNCIL OF EUROPE's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Yerevan this week in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Armenia. The visit is the 14th 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 visiting Armenia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Gáspar BÍRÓ (Hungary), Mr Ysevolod MITSIK (Ukraine), et Ms Sara NUNEZ de PRADO y CLAVEL (Spain). The Delegation will be assisted by Mrs Artemiza CHISCA of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Armenia, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Albania, Austria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


14/12/2001
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Austria

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Vienna next week (18-21 December 2001) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Austria. The visit is the 16th 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.

Austria submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in November 2000, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Austria in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of Advisory Councils for National Minorities, representatives of Länder, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Austria has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Austria includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Rainer HOFMANN (President, Germany), Mrs Mirjana DOMINI (Croatia) Mrs Iulia MOTOC (Romania) and Mrs Sara NUNEZ (Spain). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Alain CHABLAIS of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Austria, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.