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News 2000

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[09/02/2000] Sweden ratifies the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[24/02/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Slovakia

[24/02/2000] Bosnia and Herzegovina accedes to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[24/02/2000] Germany submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[06/03/2000] Coming activities under the EC/CoE Joint Programme

[08/03/2000] Russian Federation submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[23/03/2000] Lithuania ratifies the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[05/05/2000] Multilateral seminar under the Joint Programme EC/CoE on "The protection and participation of national minorities as a condition for successful european integration" in Predeal (Romania), 12-13 May 2000

[17/05/2000] Regional seminar under the Joint Programme EC/CoE "Minorities: a bridge between cultures" in Opatija (Croatia), 19-20 May 2000

[17/05/2000] Multilateral seminar under the Joint Programme EC/CoE on "The role of national minorities in bilateral relations" in Brdo (Slovenia), 22-23 May 2000

[18/05/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of national minorities visits Denmark

[09/06/2000] Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee

[13/06/2000] Joint Programme: The 7th and final Meeting of Government Offices for National Minorities took place on 12-13 June 2000 in Jurmala, Latvia

[16/06/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of national minorities visits Romania

[26/06/2000] Azerbaοdjan accedes to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[29/06/2000] Moldova submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[22/09/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts its first opinions on Finland, Hungary, Denmark and Slovakia

[13/10/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the Czech Republic

[20/10/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Croatia

[03/11/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Cyprus

[15/11/2000] Austria submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[29/11/2000] Slovenia submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[29/11/2000] The Advisory Committee has just adopted its second activity report

[29/11/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts three country-specific opinions on San Marino, Liechtenstein and Malta

[08/12/2000] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Italy

[19/12/2000 ] Spain submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[20/12/2000] Poland ratifies the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities


09/02/2000
Sweden ratifies the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Sweden today ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Ambassador Hakan WILKENS, Permanent Representative of Sweden to the Council of Europe, handed the instruments of ratification of this text to Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Organisation.

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Opened for signature on 1 February 1995, this text is the first legally binding multilateral instrument for the protection of national minorities. It is already in force in Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine, the United Kingdom as well as Armenia. It has also been signed by Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal.

For more information:

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.

It will enter into force for Sweden on 1st June 2000.


24/02/2000
Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Slovakia

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Bratislava this week (28 February - 2 March 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Slovakia. The visit is the third 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.

Slovakia submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in May 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Slovakia in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet Deputy Prime Minister for Human and Minority Rights and other representatives of the Government. It will also meet with other relevant sources, including representatives of NGOs and other experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Slovakia has implemented the various articles of this new human rights convention of the Council of Europe.

The delegation visiting Slovakia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Iulia MOTOC (Romania), Alan PHILLIPS (UK), Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark) and Dimitar GELEV ("the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia").

In addition to the report by Slovakia, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Romania, San Marino, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. State reports are made public.

Note for Editors:
Opened for signature on 1 February 1995, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is the first legally binding multilateral instrument for the protection of national minorities. It has been ratified by Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Swede, Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine, the United Kingdom as well as Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It has also been signed by Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.

The Convention entered into force on 1st February 1998.

The Framework Convention sets out the principles to be respected and implemented by the States Parties 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 as well as a wide range of principles in the area of education, effective participation, media and transfrontier contacts etc and aims to guarantee respect for a certain number of fundamental freedoms.

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

Under the Framework Convention, the States Parties are required to submit, within one year after the entry into force of the Convention in the country concerned, a report containing full information on legislative and other measures taken to give effect to the Convention. These reports are made public and submitted to the Advisory Committee for analysis and opinion. After the Advisory Committee has adopted its opinions, the Committee of Ministers will adopt its conclusions and possible recommendations, which shall be made public.


24/02/2000
Bosnia and Herzegovina accedes to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Bosnia and Herzegovina today acceded to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Ambassador Almir SAHOVIC, Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the Council of Europe, handed the instruments of ratification of this text to Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Organisation.

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Opened for signature on 1 February 1995, this text is the first legally binding multilateral instrument for the protection of national minorities. It is already in force in Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine, the United Kingdom as well as Armenia. It has also been signed by Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, and Portugal.

For more information:

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.

It will enter into force for Bosnia and Herzegovina on 1st June 2000.


24/02/2000
Germany submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Germany today 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.


06/03/2000
Coming Activities under the EC/CoE Joint Programme

Click on the calendar of activities to list all the activities organised under the Joint Programme until June 2000


08/03/2000
Russian Federation submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Russian Federation today 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.


23/03/2000
Lithuania ratifies the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Lithuania today ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Opened for signature on 1 February 1995, this text is the first legally binding multilateral instrument for the protection of national minorities. It is already in force in Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden (01.06.2000), Switzerland, "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ukraine, the United Kingdom as well as Armenia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (01.06.2000). It has also been signed by Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Portugal.

It will enter into force for Lithuania on 1st July 2000.

For more information:

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.

Rokas BERNOTAS, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the Council of Europe, handed the instrument of ratification of this text to Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Organisation.


05/05/2000
Multilateral Seminar in Predeal

The programme of the seminar is now available. The participating countries are: Armenia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Delegations will be composed of a maximum of 4 participants, including:

1 official: typically a representative of the Ministry of European Integration or of the Governmental Office for National Minorities ;

1 Member of Parliament (from the Parliamentary Commission dealing with Minorities and Human Rights or from the Parliamentary Committee dealing with European Union Affairs) ;

2 representatives of minority non-governmental organisations.

International experts and representatives of international NGOs, as well as representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly, will be present at the Seminar.

Working languages; English, French, Romanian and Russian.


17/05/2000
Regional Seminar in Opatija

The programme of the seminar in Opatija is now available. The invited countries are: Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, Italy and Slovenia.

Delegations will be composed of a maximum of 8 participants, including:

1 to 2 officials: typically a representative of the governmental structure dealing with minority cultural issues ;

3 to 4 representatives of minority cultural associations (these associations shall reflect the regional scope of the Seminar with a view to encouraging transregional co-operation);

1 to 2 mayors of border towns or towns with a sizeable proportion of minorities.

International experts and representatives of European organisations (European Commission, Council of Europe, Ars Baltica Organisation Committee) will be invited to the Seminar.


17/05/2000
Multilateral Seminar in Brdo

The programme of the seminar in Brdo  is now available. The invited countries are: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovenia and "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia".

Delegations will be composed of a maximum of 3 participants, including:

1 official: typically a representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ;

1 representative of a local authority from a border region or a town with a large minority population ;

1 representative of a minority organisation.

International experts and representatives of the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the Central European Initiative and the Council of Baltic Sea States are invited to attend the Seminar.


18/05/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Denmark

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Copenhagen next week (22 – 24 May 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Denmark. The visit is the fourth 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.

Denmark submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in May 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Denmark in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of communities and NGOs as well as other experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Denmark has implemented the various articles of this new human rights convention of the Council of Europe.

The delegation visiting Denmark includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Sergio BARTOLE (Italy), Ms Mirjana DOMINI (Croatia) and Ms Marju LAURISTIN (Estonia).

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


09/06/2000
Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

The Advisory Committee has elected its Bureau for a 2-year period. Rainer HOFMANN (President), Alan PHILLIPS (1st Vice-President) and Gaspar BIRO (2nd Vice-President) have been re-elected.


13/06/2000
Final Meeting with Governmental Offices for National Minorities on 12-13 June 2000 in Jurmala, Latvia

The 7th Meeting of Governmental Offices for National Minorities took place on 12-13 June 2000 in Jurmala, Latvia. The synopsis of this meeting is now available.

Origin/reference to other activities: Meetings of Governmental Offices for National Minorities have been organised periodically since 1994 with the participation of Central and Eastern European Countries. From 1996 to 1997, three such meetings were organised in the framework of the Joint Programme between and Council of Europe and the European Commission entitled "Minorities in Central European Countries" (in Bucharest, Bratislava and Skopje respectively). The 6th meeting was held on 15-16 March 1999 in Strasbourg and was open to all member States and applicant States, in accordance with the recommendation of the Fifth Meeting of Governmental Offices held in Skopje in December 1997. The 7th and final Meeting was organised on 12-13 June 2000 in Jurmala, Latvia.

Objectives: One of the main aims of the final meeting of Governmental Offices within the Joint Programme "National Minorities in Europe" which came to an end at the end of June 2000, was to take stock of all changes in the protection of minorities at national level that have been implemented within the time span of the two Joint Programmes (1996-2000): new legislation, structure, assistance programmes, restructuring of civil society, creation of associations and relevant non-governmental associations, etc. Furthermore, this Meeting was the occasion to evaluate the activities carried out during the last 18 months in various fields (media, education, participation, integration, etc.), and to discuss future co-operation in the field of national minorities.


16/06/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Romania

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will visit Bucharest next week (19 – 21 June 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Romania. The visit is the fifth 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.

Romania submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in June 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Romania in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, People’s Advocate, representatives of communities and NGOs as well as other experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Romania has implemented the various articles of this new human rights convention of the Council of Europe.

The delegation visiting Romania includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr. Dimitar GELEV (FYROM), Ms Marju LAURISTIN (Estonia) and Mr Alan PHILLIPS (UK).

In addition to the report submitted by Romania, the Advisory Committee has received state reports for analysis and opinion from the following countries: Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, Malta, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Ukraine and the United Kingdom. State reports are made public.


26/06/2000
Azerbaijan accedes to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Azerbaijan today acceded to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Vilayat GULIYEV, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, handed the instruments of accession of this text to Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Organisation.

The Framework Convention will enter into force for Azerbaijan on 1st October 2000.

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.


29/06/2000
Moldova submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Moldova today 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.


22/09/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts its first opinions

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted today its first-ever country-specific opinions on the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted today relate to the following four countries: Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Slovakia. 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 32 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


13/10/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the Czech Republic

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Prague next week (16 – 18 October 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in the Czech Republic. The visit is the sixth 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 Czech Republic submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in April 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in the Czech Republic in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of communities and NGOs. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how the Czech Republic has implemented the various articles of this new human rights convention of the Council of Europe.

The delegation visiting the Czech Republic includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Gαspαr BΝRΣ (Hungary), Ms Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark), Mr Vsevolod MITSIK (Ukraine) and Mr. Andrew JACOVIDES (Cyprus).

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


20/10/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Croatia

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Zagreb next week (23 – 26 October 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Croatia. The visit is the seventh 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.

Croatia submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in March 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Croatia in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of communities and NGOs as well as other experts. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Croatia has implemented the various articles of this new human rights convention of the Council of Europe.

The delegation visiting Croatia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Rainer HOFMANN - President of the Advisory Committee (Germany), Mr Alan PHILLIPS - First Vice-President of the Advisory Committee (United Kingdom), Mr Joseph MARKO (Austria) and Mr Vsevolod MITSIK (Ukraine).

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


03/11/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Cyprus

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Cyprus next week (6 – 9 November 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention. The visit is the eighth 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.

Cyprus submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in February 1999 and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Cyprus in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of religious communities and non-governmental organizations as well as representatives of organizations of the United Nations. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Cyprus has implemented the various articles of this new human rights convention of the Council of Europe.

The delegation visiting Cyprus includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Tonio ELLUL (Malta), Mr Ferenc HAJOS (Slovenia) and Mr Dimitar GELEV (“the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”).

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


15/11/2000
Austria submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Austria today 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.


29/11/2000
Slovenia submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Slovenia 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.


29/11/2000
Second Activity Report of the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee has just adopted its second activity report. The reporting period is from 1 June 1999 to 31 October 2000.


29/11/2000
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 on the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted today relate to the following countries: San Marino, Liechtenstein and Malta. 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 32 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


08/12/2000
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Italy

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Rome next week (11 – 13 December 2000) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Italy. The visit is the 9th 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.

Italy submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in May 1999, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Italy 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 and NGOs. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Italy has implemented the various articles of the Frameworjk Convention..

The delegation visiting Italy includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Gαspαr BΝRΣ (Hungary), Mrs Iulia MOTOC (Romania), Mrs. Sara NUNEZ DE PRADO (Spain) and Mr Jozef SIVAK (Slovakia).

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


19/12/2000
Spain submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Spain today 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.


20/12/2000
Poland ratifies the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Poland today ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Ambassador Marcin RYBICKI, Permanent Representative of Poland to the Council of Europe, handed the instruments of ratification of this text to Walter SCHWIMMER, Secretary General of the Organisation.

The Framework Convention will enter into force for Poland on 1st April 2001.