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News 2006

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[03/01/2006] Ireland submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[30/01/2006] Brainstorming with Non-Governmental Organisations

[15/02/2006] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Estonia

[23/02/2006] Publication of the second opinion on Romania

[02/03/2006] Council of Europe Report identifies Gaps in Minority Protection in Kosovo

[02/03/2006] The Advisory Committee adopts opinions on Germany, San Marino and Finland

[07/03/2006] The Council of Europe backs the debate on the participation of national minorities in public affairs

[15/03/2006] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of the Czech Republic

[16/03/2006] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits the Russian Federation

[16/03/2006] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Norway

[27/03/2006] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Armenia

[05/04/2006] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Bulgaria

[10/04/2006] Spain submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[20/04/2006] Publication of the second opinion on Finland

[03/05/2006] Publication of the second opinion on Malta

[03/05/2006] The Committee of Ministers appoints nine new ordinary members to sit in the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

[12/05/2006] The Advisory Committee adopts opinions on the Russian Federation and Armenia

[29/05/2006] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Ireland

[30/05/2006] Follow-up seminar in Moldova

[08/06/2006] Ukraine submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[14/06/2006] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Italy and Slovenia

[14/06/2006] Montenegro becomes the 39th State party to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[16/06/2006] “The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[21/06/2006] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of the Slovak Republic

[21/06/2006] The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Kosovo

[13/07/2006] Sweden submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[22/08/2006] Comments by Finland on the 2nd Opinion of the Advisory Committee

[28/09/2006] The Committee of Ministers authorises the Advisory Committee to commence monitoring of Cyprus and the United Kingdom

[04/10/2006] Election of the Bureau of the Advisory Committee

[06/10/2006] The Advisory Committee adopts opinions on Norway, Ireland and Portugal

[06/10/2006] Follow-up seminar in Estonia

[18/10/2006] Seminar on National Minorities and Education

[23/10/2006] Latvia submits its first State Report

[06/11/2006] Publication of the second opinion on Ireland

[06/11/2006] Cyprus submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[07/11/2006] Lithuania submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

[13/11/2006] Publication of the second opinion on Armenia

[16/11/2006] Publication of the second opinion on Norway

[20/11/2006] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Spain

[27/11/2006] The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”

[30/11/2006] Follow-up seminar in Hungary

[01/12/2006] Austria submits its second report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities


03/01/2006
Ireland submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Ireland submitted on 03 January 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


30/01/2006
NGO brainstorming with non-governmental organisations

A consultation meeting with non-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions on their input to the monitoring of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, was held in Strasbourg, on 8 December 2005.

The meeting brought together non-governmental organisations and national human rights institutions working in the field of the protection of national minorities in the Member States of the Council of Europe. Discussions at the meeting were carried out around topics such as stock-taking of NGOs' experience in using the Framework Convention and critical assessment of their involvement in its monitoring, NGOs' contribution to work on substantive issues related to the protection of national minorities and NGO needs in terms of training. The participants also explored different ways of using the Framework Convention at the domestic level and ways of increasing its visibility in the media (see also the Programme ).

The report , including recommendations, was produced by an independent rapporteur on the basis of the discussions held at this meeting.


15/02/2006
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Estonia

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

The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee in respect of Estonia, together with the comments by the authorities are already available on line.

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


23/02/2006
Publication of the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on Romania

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 initiative.

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

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


02/03/2006
Council of Europe report identifies gaps in minority protection in Kosovo

A Council of Europe Advisory Committee has today called for improvements in the protection of minorities in Kosovo.

The Advisory Committee – an expert body set up under the Council’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - visited the region in October 2005. In a report released today (Thursday March 2), the Committee reveals that although certain high standards are set out in legislation, they are often not reflected in reality which is “disconcertingly far from laudable norms and plans”.

The Committee visited various areas in Kosovo, speaking to representatives of the provisional government and the UN administration, along with representatives from the minorities such as the Serbians, Turks, Roma and Bosniaks.

The visit was unique as the first instance of the Committee monitoring territory administered by the UN. The Committee of Ministers will now draw on the report as it prepares a Resolution on the issue.

• Full report in English, Albanian and Serbian
• UNMIK’s comments


02/03/2006
The Advisory Committee adopts opinions on Germany, San Marino and Finland

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted three country-specific opinions this week under the second cycle of monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted relate to Germany (01 March), San Marino and Finland (02 March).

These three opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations.


07/03/2006
The Council of Europe backs the debate on the participation of national minorities in public affairs

In partnership with the Council of Europe, the Romanian authorities are holding a conference on the role of consultative bodies of national minorities at the hotel ARO Palace, Brasov, on Tuesday 7 March.

The aim of the conference is to foster discussion between consultative bodies of national minorities, government experts, researchers, representatives of civil society and leading figures of the 46 member states of the Council of Europe on the participation of national minorities in public affairs. Discussion will focus on the functioning, composition and tasks of consultative bodies, providing an opportunity for the participants to exchange their experiences.

The most outstanding experiences will be included in a handbook to be prepared by the relevant Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe, which will serve as a reference point for member countries when they implement new policies for the consultation of national minorities.
Marko Bela, Romanian Deputy Prime Minister, will open the conference at 9.30 a.m. in the presence of the Director of Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Philippe Boillat.

The conference will be open to the press.

A press conference will be held on Tuesday, 7 March, at 11 a.m. (Hotel ARO Palace) with:

- Marko Bela, Romanian Deputy Prime Minister
- Attila Marko, State Secretary of the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
- Philippe Boillat, Human Rights Director, Council of Europe
- Marc Weller, Director, European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)
- Antti Korkeakivi, Executive Secretary of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Romania currently holds the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe for a term expiring on 19 May.

Programme in English, Russian and Romanian
Briefing Note


15/03/2006
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of the Czech Republic

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

The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee in respect of the Czech Republic, together with the comments by the authorities are already available on line.

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


16/03/2006
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, Yekaterinburg and Krasnodar from 10-19 March 2006 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in the Russian Federation. The visit is the 13th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee in the second cycle of monitoring. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The Russian Federation submitted its second state report under the Framework Convention in April 2005, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in the Russian Federation in order to seek further information. 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 Federaton includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Ms Lidija BASTA FLEINER (Serbia and Montenegro), Ms Mirjana DOMINI (Croatia), Mr. Gjergi SINANI (Albania) and Ms Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ĹKERMARK (Sweden) and will be assisted by Ms Elena JURADO of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


16/03/2006
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 is visiting Norway this week from 14-16 March 2006 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Norway. The visit is the 14th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee in the second cycle of monitoring. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Norway submitted its second state report under the Framework Convention in October 2005, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Norway in order to seek further information. 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: Ms. Anastasia CRICKLEY (Ireland), Mr. Zdzislaw W. GALICKI (Poland) and Ms. Regina TAVARES DA SILVA (Portugal) and will be assisted by Ms Artemiza-Tatiana CHISCA of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


27/03/2006
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 is visiting Armenia this week from 28-30 March 2006 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Armenia. The visit is the 15th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee in the second cycle of monitoring. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Armenia submitted its second state report under the Framework Convention in November 2004, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Armenia in order to seek further information. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Armenia has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Armenia includes the following members of the Advisory Committee: Ms. Anastasia CRICKLEY (Ireland) and Mr. Vladas SIRUTAVICIUS (Latvia), and will be assisted by Ms Françoise KEMPF of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


05/04/2006
The Committee of Ministers adopts conclusions and recommendations in respect of Bulgaria

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

The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee in respect of Bulgaria, together with the Comments by the authorities are also available as of to-day.

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


10/04/2006
Spain submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Spain submitted on 10 April 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


20/04/2006
Publication of the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on Finland

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 Finland has been made public at the country's initiative.

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

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


03/05/2006
Publication of the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on Malta

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 Malta has been made public at the country's initiative. The comments are also available.

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

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


03/05/2006
The Committee of Ministers appoints nine new ordinary members to sit on the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

At their 963rd meeting on 03 May 2006, the Deputies, having proceeded in accordance with Rules 15 and 16 of Resolution (97) 10, appointed as ordinary members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for a four-year term commencing on 1 June 2006 and expiring on 31 May 2010, the nine experts named below, eight of which by drawing of lots on the Deputies’ behalf and in their presence by the Chairman:

- Mr Joseph MARKO in respect of Austria;
- Mr Demetrios STYLIANIDES in respect of Cyprus;
- Mr Dalibor JÍLEK in respect of the Czech Republic;
- Ms Eva SMITH-ASMUSSEN in respect of Denmark;
- Mr Sergio BARTOLE in respect of Italy;
- Ms llze BRANDS-KEHRIS in respect of Latvia;
- Ms Bohumila FERENČUHOVÁ in respect of the Slovak Republic;
- Mr Ferenc HAJÓS in respect of Slovenia;
- Mr Alan PHILLIPS in respect of the United Kingdom.


12/05/2006
The Advisory Committee adopts opinions on the Russian Federation and Armenia

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted two country-specific opinions this week under the second cycle of monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties. The opinions adopted relate to the Russian Federation (11 May) and Armenia (12 May).

These two opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations.


29/05/2006
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Ireland

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is visiting Dublin and Galway this week from 29-31 May 2006 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Ireland. The visit is the 16th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee in the second cycle of monitoring. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Ireland submitted its second state report under the Framework Convention in January 2006, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Ireland in order to seek further information. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Ireland has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation visiting Ireland includes the following members of the Advisory Committee:
Ms. Lidija BASTA FLEINER (Serbia and Montenegro) and Mr. Gunnar JANSSON (Finland), and will be assisted by Mr Antti KORKEAKIVI of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


30/05/2006
Follow-up Seminar in Moldova

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


08/06/2006
Ukraine submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Ukraine submitted on 08 June 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


14/06/2006
The Committee of Ministers issues recommendations on minority protection in Italy and Slovenia

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted resolutions on the protection of national minorities in Italy and Slovenia. These resolutions contain conclusions and recommendations, highlighting positive developments but also a number of areas where further measures are needed to advance the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The resolutions are largely based on the corresponding Opinions of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention. The detailed Opinions of the Advisory Committee of independent experts, together with the comments by the Governments of Italy and Slovenia, are also available on line.


14/06/2006
Montenegro becomes the 39th state party to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Further to the decision of the Ministers' Deputies on 14 June 2006, the Republic of Montenegro is considered a Party to the Framework Convention, with effect from
6 June 2006. It follows that there are now 39 Parties to the Framework Convention.


16/06/2006
"The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities“

“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” submitted on 16 June 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


21/06/2006
The Committee of Ministers issues recommendations on minority protection in the Slovak Republic

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a resolution on the protection of national minorities in the Slovak Republic. This resolution contains conclusions and recommendations, highlighting positive developments but also a number of areas where further measures are needed to advance the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The resolution is largely based on the corresponding Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention. The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee of independent experts, together with the comments by the Government of the Slovak Republic, are also available on line.


21/06/2006
The Committee of Ministers issues recommendations on minority protection in Kosovo

The Committee of Ministers has just adopted a resolution on the protection of national minorities in Kosovo. This resolution contains conclusions and recommendations, highlighting positive developments but also a number of areas where further measures are needed to advance the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

The resolution is largely based on the corresponding Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention. The detailed Opinion of the Advisory Committee of independent experts, together with the comments by the United Nations Interim Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), are also available on line.

The resolution of the Committee of Ministers and the Opinion of the Advisory Committee were adopted pursuant to an agreement concluded between the Council of Europe and UNMIK on the monitoring of the Framework Convention.


13/07/2006
Sweden submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Sweden submitted on 13 July 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


22/08/2006
Comments by Finland on the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The Comments by Finland on the 2nd Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection for National Minorities were received to-day and made public at the initiative of the Government. The Advisory Committee’s Opinion on Finland was made public on 20 April 2006.


28/09/2006
The Committee of Ministers authorises the Advisory Committee to commence monitoring of Cyprus and the United Kingdom

“974th meeting – 27 and 28 September 2006

Item 4.2

Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities –
Proposal regarding the commencement of the monitoring of the Framework Convention without a state report
(CM/Del/Dec(2003)832/4.2)

Decision

The Deputies, recalling the decision taken at their 832nd meeting (19 March 2003, item 4.2) concerning authorisation of the Advisory Committee to commence monitoring without state reports; and taking note of the fact that Cyprus and the United Kingdom have failed to supply state reports 24 months after expiry of the time-limit laid down by Article 25, paragraph 1 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the Committee of Ministers’ Resolution (97) 10, decided in the light of the present debate to authorise the Advisory Committee to commence monitoring in respect of these two states as provided in the above-mentioned decision and without prejudice to any other monitoring procedure.”


04/10/2006
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: Mr Alan PHILLIPS (President), Ms. Ilze BRANDS-KEHRIS (1st Vice President) and Mr Gunnar JANSSON (2nd Vice-President).


06/10/2006
The Advisory Committee adopts opinions on Norway, Ireland and Portugal

The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted three country-specific opinions this week under the first and second cycles of monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties.

The first cycle opinion on Portugal was adopted on 06 October 2006, and second cycle opinions on were adopted in respect of Norway on 05 October and Ireland on 06 October 2006.

These three opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations.


06/10/2006
Follow-up Seminar in Estonia

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


11/10/2006
Latvia submits its initial Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Latvia 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.


18/10/2006
Seminar on National Minorities and Education

A seminar on minorities and education is being organised today in Strasbourg within the Chairmanship of the Russian Federation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It will bring together some 100 government representatives, experts, researchers and representatives of civil society from across Europe. Those taking part will examine the latest developments relating to the protection of national minorities, in particular in the field of education. The participants will consider possible responses to linguistic concerns as well as other important subjects of relevance to national minorities in our increasingly multicultural societies.

The seminar will focus on aspects concerning education within the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and will highlight pertinent work of other international organisations, including the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities.

Link to the seminar file


23/10/2006
Latvia submits its initial report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Latvia 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.


06/11/2006
Publication of the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on Ireland

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 Ireland has been made public at the country's initiative and is now available.

On this occasion, the President of the Advisory Committee, Mr Alan Phillips stressed that Ireland is the first country to make the Advisory Committee's Opinion public immediately upon its receipt. Mr. Phillips encouraged other countries to follow this positive example and to increase thereby the transparency of the Framework Convention's monitoring process.

The Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts drew up the opinion on the basis of the state report and other materials and after conducting a visit to Ireland. After the Irish Government has submitted its comments on the Opinion, it will be examined by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, which will then adopt its conclusions and possible recommendations.

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


06/11/2006
Cyprus submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Cyprus submitted on 27 October 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


07/11/2006
Lithuania submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Lithuania submitted on 3 November 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.


13/11/2006
Publication of the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on Armenia

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 Armenia has been made public at the country's initiative. The comments are also available.

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

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


16/11/2006
Publication of the second opinion of the Advisory Committee on Norway

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 Norway has been made public at the country's initiative.

The President of the Advisory Committee, Mr Alan Phillips welcomed the fact that Norway made the Advisory Committee's Opinion public immediately upon its receipt, which contributes to the transparency of the monitoring process.

The Advisory Committee of 18 independent experts drew up the opinion on the basis of the state report and other materials and after conducting a visit to Norway. After the Norwegian Government has submitted its comments on the Opinion, it will be examined by the Council of Europe's Committee of Ministers, which will then adopt its conclusions and possible recommendations.

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


20/11/2006
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits Spain

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is visiting Madrid and Seville this week from 20-24 November 2006 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Spain. The visit is the 17th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee in the second cycle of monitoring. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

Spain submitted its second state report under the Framework Convention in April 2006, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in Spain in order to seek further information. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how Spain has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation includes the following members of the Advisory Committee:
Ms. Mirjana DOMINI (Croatia), Mr. Alan PHILLIPS (United Kingdom) and
Mr. Gjergi SINANI (Albania), and will be assisted by Ms Elena JURADO of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


27/11/2006
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities visits "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia"

A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is visiting Tetovo and Struga this week from 27-30 November 2006 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”. The visit is the 18th country visit conducted by the Advisory Committee in the second cycle of monitoring. The Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

“The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” submitted its second state report under the Framework Convention in June 2006, and the delegation of the Advisory Committee will be in “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” in order to seek further information. On the basis of this and other information, the Advisory Committee will subsequently adopt an opinion on how “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” has implemented the various articles of the Framework Convention.

The delegation includes the following members of the Advisory Committee:
Ms. Marju LAURISTIN (Estonia) and Ms Regina TAVARES DA SILVA (Portugal), and will be assisted by Ms Artemiza-Tatiana CHISCA of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.


30/11/2006
Follow-up Seminar in Hungary

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


01/12/2006
Austria submits its second Report pursuant to the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Austria submitted on 1 December 2006 its second state report, in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 1, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. It is now up to the Advisory Committee to consider it and adopt an opinion intended for the Committee of Ministers.