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News 2002

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[07/01/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Slovenia

[10/01/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Romania and the comments by the State concerned

[25/01/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Czech Republic and the comments by the State concerned

[06/02/2002] 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

[08/02/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the Russian Federation

[21/02/2002] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Cyprus

[01/03/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts three further country-specific opinions on Germany, Ukraine and Moldova

[13/03/2002] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Romania 

[08/04/2002] The Committee of Ministers The Committee of Ministers appoints 9 new ordinary members to sit in the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

[12/04/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Estonia and the comments by the State concerned

[19/04/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Norway

[26/04/2002] FCNM: dialogue and participation of national minorities in public life: main themes of the discussions of the 9th meeting of Government Offices for national minorities

[26/04/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Albania

[07/05/2002] Portugal ratifies the Council of Europe Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[16/05/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts two further country-specific opinions on Austria and Armenia

[22/05/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on the United Kingdom and the comments by the State concerned

[04/06/2002] Azerbaijan submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[13/06/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on PACE Recommendation 1492 on the rights of national minorities

[13/06/2002] The Advisory Committee has just adopted its third activity report

[13/06/2002] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the United Kingdom and Estonia

[03/07/2002] The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy

[10/07/2002] Poland submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[12/09/.2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Germany and the comments by the State concerned

[12/09/2002] Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee

[12-13/09/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts four further country-specific opinions on Slovenia, Albania, Norway, and the Russian Federation, as well as an outline for the second cycle of State reports

[September 2002] Stability Pact Projects in the Field of Minorities: Results to date (September 2002)

[16/10/2002] The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[07/11/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Austria and the comments by the State concerned

[08/11/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Switzerland

[22/11/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Sweden

[22/11/2002] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Lithuania

[27/11/2002] Publication of the opinion of the Advisory Committee on Ukraine and the comments by the State concerned


07/01/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Slovenia

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Ljubljana this week (10-14 January 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Slovenia. The visit is the 17th 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.

Slovenia submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in November 2000, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Slovenia in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, the Human Rights Ombudsman, representatives of self-governing ethnic communities, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. The delegation will also be visiting the autochthonous area of settlement of both the Hungarian and the Italian minorities. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Slovenia has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Slovenia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Tonio ELLUL (Malta), Mrs Marju LAURISTIN (Estonia) Mr Jozef SIVAK (Slovakia) and Mrs Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Alain CHABLAIS of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Slovenia, 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, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


10/01/2002
Publications of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on Romania 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 Romania has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by Romania are 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 14 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001) and the United Kingdom (30 November 2001).


25/01/2002
Publications of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Czech Republic 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 the Czech Republic has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by the Czech republic are 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 14 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001) and the United Kingdom (30 November 2001).


06/02/2002
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Croatia and the Czech Republic

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 Croatia and the Czech Republic.


08/02/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the Russian Federation

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Moscow next week (11-15 February 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in the Russian Federation. The visit is the 18th 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 Russian Federation submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in March 2000, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in this country in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, the Federal Commissioner on Human Rights, Commissioners on Human Rights on the subjects of the Russian Federation, representatives of National-Cultural Autonomies and Administration of Peoples of Russia, representatives of minorities, 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 the Russian Federation has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting the Russian Federation includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Sergio BARTOLE (Italy), Mr Gaspar BIRO (Hungary), Mr Dimitar GELEV (FYROM) and Mr Dalibor JILEK (Czech Republic). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by the Russian Federation, 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, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


21/02/2002
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Cyprus

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Cyprus.


01/03/2002
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 today three country-specific opinions on the implementation of this convention. The opinions adopted today relate to Germany, Ukraine and Moldova. The opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect these three countries.

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.


13/03/2002
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Romania

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Romania.


08/04/2002
The Committee of Ministers appoints nine new ordinary members to sit in the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

At their 788 meeting on 13 March 2002 and in accordance with Rules 15 and 16 of Resolution (97) 10, the Ministers' Deputies appointed by drawing lots 9 experts as ordinary members to fill the 9 seats on the Advisory Committee which will become vacant on 1 June 2002 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 2002 and expiring on 31 May 2006 the following persons:

- Mihai CERNENCO in respect of Moldova;
- Giorgio MALINVERNI in respect of Switzerland;
- Vladas SIRUTAVIČIUS in respect of Lithuania;
- Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ÅKERMARK in respect of Sweden;
- Anastasia CRICKLEY in respect of Ireland;
- Ahmed ŽILIĆ in respect of Bosnia and Herzegovina;
- Asbjørn EIDE in respect of Norway;
- Zdzislaw W. GALICKI in respect of Poland;
- Lidija BASTA FLEINER in respect of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.


12/04/2002
Publication of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on Estonia 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 Estonia has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by Estonia are 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.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 17 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001), United Kingdom (30 November 2001), Germany (1 March 2002), Ukraine (1 March 2002) and Moldova (1 March 2002).


19/04/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Norway

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Tromso and Oslo next week (22-26 April 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Norway. The visit is the 19th 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.

Norway submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in March 2001, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Norway in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, the Ombudsman, representatives of the Tromso Municipality, representatives of the Sami Parliament and of the Center of Sami Studies, representatives of the Roma, the Jews, the Forest the Finns and the Kven, 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 Norway has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Norway includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Rainer HOFMANN (Germany, President of the Advisory Committee), Mr Tonio ELLUL (Malta), Mr Vsevolod MITSIK (Ukraine) and Mr Andreas JACOVIDES (Cyprus). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI of the FCNM's Secretariat.

In addition to the report by Norway, 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, Slovenia, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.


26/04/2002
9th Meeting of Government Offices for National Minorities (Vilnius, 24-25 April 2002)

A meeting of government offices for national minorities was held in Vilnius on 24 and 25 April 2002. In addition to the representatives from Council of Europe member States and applicant States, the meeting brought together a number of intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and experts. Participants were invited to discuss the first results of the monitoring of the Framework Convention, to share their respective experiences and engage in a reflection on the ways to continue the dialogue at national level, between governments and minorities as well as with the relevant organs of the Council of Europe in order to reinforce the implementation of the Framework Convention.

The second part of the meeting (see programme and the list of participants) was devoted to the issue of participation of minorities in public life – an issue that is essential for the effective functioning of democratic institutions. During this session, the international legal framework pertaining to the issue of participation was examined and the possibilities to create synergies between all partners concerned were discussed in order to ensure the effective participation of minorities.


26/04/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Albania

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Tirana next week (29 April - 3 May 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Albania. The visit is the 20th 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.

Albania submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in July 2001, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Albania in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government and representatives of the Greeks, the Macedonians, the Aromanians, the Egyptians and the Roma, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. The delegation will also meet representatives of other international organisations, including the OSCE. The delegation will also be visiting the South of Albania, notably with a stop-over in a Roma settlement. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Albania has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Albania includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Alan PHILLIPS (UK, First Vice-President of the Advisory Committee), Mrs Marju LAURISTIN (Estonia) and Mrs Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Mark NEVILLE, Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention.

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


07/05/2002
Portugal ratifies the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Portugal today ratified the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. Ambassador Paulo CASTILHO, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the Council of Europe, handed the instruments of ratification of this text to Hans Christian KRÜGER, Deputy Secretary General of the Organisation.

The Framework Convention will enter into force for Portugal on 1st September 2002.


16/05/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts two additional country-specific 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. The opinions adopted today relate to Austria and Armenia. The opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect these two countries.

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 35 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


22/05/2002
Publications of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the United Kingdom 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 the United Kingdom has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by the United Kingdom are 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.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 19 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001), United Kingdom (30 November 2001), Germany (1 March 2002), Ukraine (1 March 2002), Moldova (1 March 2002), Austria (16 May 2002) and Armenia (16 May 2002).


04/06/2002
Azerbaijan submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Azerbaijan 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.


13/06/2002
Publication of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on PACE Recommendation 1492 on the Rights of National Minorities

The Committee of Ministers today adopted its reply to the PACE Recommendation 1492. This reply explicitly refers to the related opinion adopted by the Advisory Committee on 14 September 2001.


13/06/2002
Third Activity Report of the Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee has just adopted its third activity report. The reporting period is from 1 November 2000 to 31 May 2002.


13/06/2002
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of the United Kingdom and Estonia

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the United Kingdom and Estonia.


03/07/2002
THE COMMITTEE OF MINISTERS ADOPTS CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS IN RESPECT OF ITALY

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted conclusions and recommendations on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy. The corresponding opinion of the Advisory Committee and the related comments by the Italian Government have also been made public today.


10/07/2002
Poland submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Poland 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.


12/09/2002
Publication of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on Germany 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 Germany has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by Germany are 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.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 23 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001), United Kingdom (30 November 2001), Germany (1 March 2002), Ukraine (1 March 2002), Moldova (1 March 2002), Austria (16 May 2002), Armenia (16 May 2002), Slovenia (12 September 2002), Albania (12 September 2002), Norway (12 September 2002) and the Russian Federation (13 September 2002).


12/09/2002
Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

The Advisory Committee has elected members of the Bureau for a period of two years. The following members were elected: Rainer HOFMANN (President), Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ÅKERMARK(1st Vice President) and Gaspar BIRO (2nd Vice-President).


12-13/09/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopts four additional country-specific opinions as well as an outline for the second cycle of state reports

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted yesterday and today four country-specific opinions on the implementation of this convention. The opinions adopted relate to Slovenia, Albania, Norway and the Russian Federation. The opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations in respect these four countries.

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. In addition, the Advisory Committee adopted an outline for the second cycle of State reports, which will be transmitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption.

The Advisory Committee, set up in 1998 in accordance with Article 26 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and which is composed of independent experts with recognised expertise in the field of national minorities, has now adopted 23 opinions. The Advisory Committee is tasked to adopt an opinion on each of the 35 States that have ratified the Framework Convention.


September 2002
Stability Pact Projects in the Field of Minorities: Results to date (September 2002)

The Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has produced an update of the situation of Stability Pact Projects in the field of Minorities.


16/10/2002
The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 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.


07/11/2002
Publications of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on Austria 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 Austria has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by Austria have also been made public and are 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.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 23 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001), United Kingdom (30 November 2001), Germany (1 March 2002), Ukraine (1 March 2002), Moldova (1 March 2002), Austria (16 May 2002), Armenia (16 May 2002), Slovenia (12 September 2002), Albania (12 September 2002), Norway (12 September 2002) and the Russian Federation (13 September 2002).


08/11/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Switzerland

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Bern next week (11 - 13 November 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Switzerland. The visit is the 21st 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.

Switzerland submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in May 2001, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Switzerland in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Federal authorities and representatives of the linguistic minorities, Travellers and the Jewish community, as well as NGOs and other independent experts. The delegation will also be visiting the Canton of Graubünden (Chur), in order to meet representatives of both Cantonal and Municipal authorities as well as representatives of the Italian-speaking and the Romanche-speaking minorities residing in this Canton. On the basis of the information collected during the visit and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Switzerland has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Switzerland includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Gaspar BIRO (Hungary, Second Vice-President of the Advisory Committee), Mr Ferenc HAJOS (Slovenia) and Mrs Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN (Denmark). The Delegation will be assisted by Mr Alain CHABLAIS, of the FCNM's Secretariat.

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


22/11/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Sweden

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Stockholm, Kiruna and Luleå next week (25 - 29 November 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Sweden. The visit is the 22nd 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.

Sweden submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in June 2001, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Sweden in order to seek further information. The delegation will meet representatives of the Government, regions and municipalities and other relevant sources, including members of Parliament, representatives of the Sami Parliament and representatives of the Jews, Roma, Swedish Finns, Tornedalers, as well as NGOs and other independent experts.

On the basis of the information collected during the visit and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Sweden has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Sweden includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mr Rainer HOFMANN (Germany, President of the Advisory Committee), Mr Tonio ELLUL (Malta) and Mr Vsevolod MITSIK (Ukraine). The delegation will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


22/11/2002
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Lithuania

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will be visiting Vilnius and Visaginas next week (25 - 29 November 2002) in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention by Lithuania. The visit is the 23rd 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.

Lithuania submitted its first state report under the Framework Convention in October 2001, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Lithuania in order to seek further information. In Vilnius the delegation will meet representatives of state authorities (relevant ministries and departments, parliamentarians, parliamentarian Ombudsmen) and representatives of the national minorities (in their own cultural Centers), as well as NGOs and independent experts. The delegation will also be visiting Visaginas, in order to meet representatives of local authorities as well as representatives of the national minorities residing in the city. On the basis of the information collected during the visit and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Lithuania understands to implement the provisions of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Lithuania includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Mrs Anastasia SPILIOPOULOU-AKERMARK (Sweden, First Vice-President of the Advisory Committee), Mr Gaspar BIRO (Hungary, Second Vice-President of the Advisory Committee) and Mr Ferenc HAJOS (Slovenia). The Delegation will be assisted by Mrs Artemiza CHISCA, of the FCNM's Secretariat.


27/11/2002
Publication of the Opinion of the Advisory Committee on Ukraine 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 Ukraine has been made public at the country's request.

The comments submitted by Ukraine have also been made public and are 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.

So far the Advisory Committee has adopted 23 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 September 2001), Italy (14 September 2001), United Kingdom (30 November 2001), Germany (1 March 2002), Ukraine (1 March 2002), Moldova (1 March 2002), Austria (16 May 2002), Armenia (16 May 2002), Slovenia (12 September 2002), Albania (12 September 2002), Norway (12 September 2002) and the Russian Federation (13 September 2002).