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News 2012

17/12/2012     Committee of Ministers: adoption of two new resolutions
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)21 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the Czech Republic
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 12 December 2012 at the 1158th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)22 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by the United Kingdom
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 12 December 2012 at the 1158th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

13/12/2012     Advisory Committee: Election of experts to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)16
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities -
Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of
the Netherlands (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 24 October 2012 at the 1153rd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

-          Ms Marieke SANDERS

Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)17
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities -
Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Spain (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 24 October 2012 at the 1153rd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

-          Ms Carmen SANTIAGO REYES

Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)18
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities –
Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Switzerland 
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2012 at the 1156th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

-     Ms Barbara Wilson











 

 

 

13/12/2012     Poland: receipt of the 3rd cycle State Report
Poland submitted on 13 December 2012  its third state report in English and Polish, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

04/12/2012     Kosovo*: visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
The visit will take place between 3-7 December 2012 to evaluate the progress made in protecting the rights of non-majority communities in Kosovo*.

The Advisory Committee will hold meetings with community representatives, international organisations and central and local authorities in different regions of Kosovo* to discuss the situation and current concerns. This third visit is carried out under the specific agreement concluded between the Council of Europe and UNMIK (United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo) in 2004. It follows the receipt of the third progress report, drafted by the OSCE and submitted by UNMIK in September 2012.

The Delegation includes Ms. Arzu AGHADASI-SISAN, member of the Advisory Committee in respect of Azerbaijan, Mr. Francesco PALERMO, member of the Advisory Committee in respect of Italy, and Ms. Charlotte Altenhöner-Dion of the Secretariat of Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Following the visit, the Advisory Committee will draw up its third Opinion on the implementation of the Framework Convention in Kosovo*, containing specific findings and recommendations for follow-up.

28/11/2012     Committee of Ministers: adoption of two new resolutions
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)19 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Lithuania
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2012 at the 1156th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)20 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Poland
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 28 November 2012 at the 1156th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)

23/11/2012     Bulgaria: receipt of the 3rd cycle State Report
Bulgaria submitted on 23 November 2012 its third state report in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

21/11/2012     Sweden: 3rd cycle ACFC Opinion public
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Third Opinion on Sweden together with the government comments. The comments are also available in Swedish.

13/11/2012     Spain: 3rd cycle ACFC Opinion public
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Third Opinion on Spain together with the government comments.

09/11/2012     Advisory Committee: Election of experts to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)14
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities – Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee
in respect of Hungary (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 October 2012 at the 1152nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

-          Mr Péter KOVÁCS

Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)15
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities – Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee
in respect of Ukraine (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 October 2012 at the 1152nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

-          Mr Oleksandr ZADOROZHNIY


09/11/2012     Bosnia and Herzegovina: visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will visit Sarajevo, Tuzla, Banja Luka and Prnjavor from 6-9 November 2012 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in this country.

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Delegation will have meetings with the representatives of all relevant ministries, the Ombudsman, public officials, NGOs, as well as national minority organisations.

The Delegation includes Mr Eero J. AARNIO, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Finland, Ms Athanasia SPILIOPOULOU ÅKERMARK, President of the Advisory Committee and member elected in respect of Sweden and Ms Sarah BURTON, Administrator, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. 


09/11/2012     Switzerland: visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will visit Bern and Aarau from 5-7 November 2012 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Switzerland.

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Switzerland. The Delegation will have meetings with the representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials, NGOs, as well as national minority organisations.

12/10/2012     Advisory Committee: adoption of three opinions and election of the new bureau
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted three country-specific opinions under the third cycle of monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties.

The Opinions on Azerbaijan and Ireland were adopted on 10 October, and the Opinion on Malta  was adopted on 11 October. They are restricted for the time-being. These three opinions will now be submitted to the Committee of Ministers, which is to adopt conclusions and recommendations.

The new bureau of the Advisory Committee, elected on Tuesday 9 October is as follows :

Ms Athanasia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, President
Mr Francesco Palermo, 1st Vice-President
Ms Lidija Basta Fleiner, 2nd Vice-President

11/10/2012     Thematic Commentary: Launch of the Advisory Committee Third Thematic Commentary
In view of the central importance of linguistic rights for the effective protection of all rights of persons belonging to national minorities, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has devoted its Third Thematic Commentary to the linguistic rights of persons belonging to national minorities.

The Commentary will be launched on Monday, 15 October 2012 in Strasbourg in the presence of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe,  representatives of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities, the Committee of Experts on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance, the European Roma and Travellers’ Forum, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, minority representatives, as well as representatives from the Council of Europe member states.

The programme includes panel discussions on issues related to language rights and the effective participation in public life, language rights and equality, as well as language as an expression of individual and collective identity. 

05/10/2012     Romania: 3rd cycle ACFC Opinion public
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Third Opinion on Romania.

26/09/2012     The Netherlands: receipt of the 2nd cycle State Report
The Netherlands submitted on 19 September 2012 its second state report in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

13/09/2012    Kosovo*: receipt of a Progress Report
The UNMIK's (United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo) progress report on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) in Kosovo was received on 13 September 2012. This report, drafted by the OSCE in Kosovo in the context of its third community rights assessment, provides information on the measures taken to follow up on the 2011 recommendations of the FCNM monitoring bodies. It was made public in conformity with a specific agreement signed in 2004 between UNMIK and the Council of Europe. This agreement emphasizes that it is without prejudice of the status of Kosovo* and abides Security Council Resolution 1244 (1999).

12/09/2012     Montenegro: receipt of the 2nd cycle State Report
Montenegro submitted on 12 September 2012  its second state report in English and Montenegrin, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

03/09/2012     Latvia: receipt of the 2nd cycle State Report
Latvia submitted on 3 September 2012  its second state report in English and Latvian, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

25/07/2012     Russian Federation: 3rd cycle ACFC Opinion and government Comments public
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Third Opinion on the Russian Federation, together with the government’s Comments. These documents are also available in Russian.

20/07/2012     Advisory Committee: publication of a thematic commentary on language rights
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its third thematic commentary on "THE LANGUAGE RIGHTS OF PERSONS BELONGING TO NATIONAL MINORITIES UNDER THE FRAMEWORK CONVENTION", adopted in May 2012.

This follows the first thematic commentary on Education under the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (ACFC/25DOC(2006)002) and the second thematic commentary on the Effective Participation of Persons Belonging to National Minorities in Cultural, Social and Economic Life and in Public Affairs (ACFC/31DOC(2008)001).

09/07/2012     Committee of Ministers: adoption of four resolutions
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)10 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 July 2012 at the 1147th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)11 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Norway (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 July 2012 at the 1147th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)12 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Slovenia (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 July 2012 at the 1147th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)13 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 4 July 2012 at the 1147th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

09/07/2012     Azerbaijan: Third Cycle Advisory Committee visit
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will visit Baku, Quba, Qusar and Khachmaz  from 09-12 July 2012 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Azerbaijan.

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Azerbaijan. The Delegation will have meetings with the representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials, NGOs, as well as national minority organisations.

The Delegation includes Ms Anastasia CRICKLEY, Advisory Committee member in respect of Ireland, Mr Gjergj SINANI, Advisory Committee member in respect of Albania and Ms Charlotte ALTENHOENER-DION, Administrator, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

19/06/2012     Albania: publication of the third Advisory Committee Opinion and the government comments
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Third Opinion on Albania, together with the government’s Comments.  

18/06/2012     Committee of Ministers:  adoption of three resolutions
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)7 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Austria (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 June 2012 at the 1145th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)8 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Denmark (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 June 2012 at the 1145th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)9 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Estonia (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 13 June 2012 at the 1145th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

12/06/2012     Follow-up visit:  Armenia
A follow-up visit is taking place today in Armenia in the context of the third monitoring cycle.

01/06/2012     Advisory Committee: new composition
1143rd meeting – 16 May 2012
Item 4.2
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities –

Decision

The Deputies, having proceeded in accordance with Rules 15 and 16 of Resolution Res(97)10, appointed as ordinary members of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for a four-year term commencing on 1 June 2012 and expiring on 31 May 2016, the nine experts named below, two of which by drawing of lots on the Deputies’ behalf and in their presence by the Chairperson:

- Mr Eero J. Aarnio in respect of Finland;
- Ms Arzu Aghasi-Sisan in respect of Azerbaijan;
- Mr Grigor Badiryan in respect of Armenia;
- Ms Emilia Drumeva in respect of Bulgaria;
- Ms Helena Hofmannova in respect of the Czech Republic;
- Ms Ivana Jelic in respect of Montenegro;
- Ms Iivi Anna Masso in respect of Estonia;
- Mr Valery Ovchinnikov in respect of the Russian Federation;
- Mr Francesco Palermo in respect of Italy.

30/05/2012     Georgia: 2nd State Report received
Georgia submitted on 30 May 2012 its second state report in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

23/05/2012     Advisory Committee: adoption of an opinion on Sweden
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted a country-specific opinion on Sweden under the third cycle of  monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties.

22/05/2012     Bosnia and Herzegovina: receipt of the 3rd cycle State Report
Bosnia and Herzegovina submitted on 22 May 2012  its third state report in English, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

14/05/2012     Follow-up visits: four recent follow-up visits
Follow-up visits have taken place in the following countries since the beginning of the year:

Slovak Republic, February 2012 (Third Cycle)
Lithuania, April 2012 (Second Cycle)
Croatia, April 2012 (Third Cycle)
Germany, April 2012 (Third Cycle)

02/05/2012     Advisory Committee: election of expert eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Montenegro
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)6
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Montenegro (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 12 April 2012 at the 1140th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

- Ms Ivana JELIĆ

23/03/2012     Advisory Committee: adoption of three opinions
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted three country-specific opinions under the third cycle of  monitoring the implementation of this convention in States Parties.

The Opinion on Romania was adopted on 21 March and the opinions on Ukraine and Spain were adopted on 22 March.

19/03/2012     Czech Republic: publication of the 3rd cycle ACFC Opinion
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities today published its Third Opinion on the Czech Republic, and the government’s Comments.

05/03/2012     Sweden: Third Cycle Advisory Committee visit
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will visit Stockholm and Kiruna from 05-08 March 2012  in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Sweden.

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Sweden. The Delegation will have meetings with the representatives of all relevant ministries, public officials, the Equality Ombudsman, NGOs, as well as national minority organisations.

The Delegation includes Ms Olga BUTKEVYCH, Advisory Committee member in respect of Ukraine, Mr Rainer HOFMANN, President of the Advisory Committee, and Ms Milena KLAJNER, Advisory Committee member in respect of Croatia and Ms Michèle AKIP, Head of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

29/02/2012     Ireland: Third Cycle Advisory Committee visit
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities will visit Ireland from 27 February - 2 March 2012 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Ireland (organised jointly with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)).

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Ireland.

The Delegation includes Mr. Einar Niemi (member of the ACFC elected in respect of Norway), Ms. Edita Žiobienė (member of the ACFC elected in respect of Lithuania), and Mr. Krzysztof Zyman of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

21-22 February 2012     Consultation Seminar on the Draft Commentary on Linguistic Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is preparing a third thematic commentary on the language rights of persons belonging to national minorities under the Framework Convention. This follows the previous thematic commentaries on Education (2006) and Participation in Public Life (2008) which have been translated into a number of languages.

As part of the drafting process for the third thematic commentary, a seminar was organised by the Advisory Committee in co-operation with the European Academy of Bolzano/Bozen in February 2012 to directly consult minority representatives and experts from a variety of countries and receive their feedback and viewpoints on the draft text. Workshops were organised to discuss in more detail themes such as language rights and identification, minority language education, and the regulation of language use in public.

22/02/2012     Advisory Committee: election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Spain
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)5
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Spain (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 22 February 2012 at the 1135th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

- Mr José Manuel Fresno García

15/02/2012     Advisory Committee:  election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Latvia
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)4
Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee in respect of Latvia (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 15 February 2012 at the 1134th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

- Mr Reinis Āboltiņš

01/02/2012     Armenia, Bulgaria and Finland: adoption of Committee of Ministers' Resolutions
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)1 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Armenia (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 1 February 2012 at the 1132nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)2 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Bulgaria (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 1 February 2012 at the 1132nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2012)3 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Finland (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 1 February 2012 at the 1132nd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

26/01/2012     Switzerland: receipt of the 3rd cycle State Report
Switzerland submitted on 26 January 2012  its third state report in French, pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. The State Report is also available in German, Italian and Romanche.

23/01/2012    Bulgaria: publication of the 2nd cycle ACFC Opinion
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Second Opinion on Bulgaria, together with the government’s Comments.

23/01/2012    Ukraine: 3rd cycle monitoring visit
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is visiting L'viv, Simferopol and Kyiv, this week and will be meeting with minority and civil society representatives as well as relevant regional and national authorities.

The Delegation includes Ms Aleksandra Bojadjieva (member of the Advisory Committee elected in respect of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”, Mr Rainer Hofmann (President of the Advisory Committee and member elected in respect of Germany) and Mr Gjergj Sinani (member of the Advisory Committee elected in respect of Albania). The delegation will be accompanied by Ms. Charlotte Altenhoëner-Dion of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention.

06/01/2012    United Kingdom: publication of the 3rd cycle ACFC Opinion
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its Third Opinion on the United Kingdom, and the government’s Comments.

* All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.