Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

 

News 2013

 

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16/12/2013     Kosovo*: Follow-up dialogue
A follow-up visit is taking place today in Kosovo* in the context of the third monitoring cycle.

09/12/2013     Switzerland: Follow-up dialogue
A follow-up visit is taking place today in Switzerland in the context of the third monitoring cycle.

09/12/2013     Czech Republic: Follow-up dialogue 
A follow-up visit is taking place today in the Czech Republic in the context of the third monitoring cycle.

29/11/2013     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 of the implementation of this convention in States Parties.

The Opinions on Poland, Lithuania and Serbia  were adopted on 28 November 2013.

22/11/2013     15th Anniversary of the Framework Convention: Round-table event
On 25 November 2013, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention invited high-level speakers and representatives of all member states to Strasbourg to celebrate the 15th anniversary by engaging in discussions on the achievements and outstanding challenges of minority protection in Europe today. Particular emphasis was placed on the continued exclusion of persons belonging to Roma communities as well as the re-emergence of nationalism and racism in many parts of Europe. Speakers, including former Presidents of the Advisory Committee as well as representatives of minority organizations, the UN, EU FRA and the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities adamantly called on states to recommit themselves to ensure that persons belonging to national minorities are adequately protected and valued as active members of European society.
Link to the round-table file

18/11/2013     Switzerland: publication of the 3rd ACFC 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 Switzerland together with the government comments.

11/11/2013     Bulgaria: 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 Bulgaria from 11-15 November 2013 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention in Bulgaria (organised jointly with the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI)).

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

The Delegation includes Ms. Athanasia Spiliopoulou Ĺkermark (President of the ACFC and member elected in respect of Sweden), Ms. Arzu Aghdasi-Sisan (member of the ACFC elected in respect of Azerbaijan), and Ms. Sarah Burton of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

24/10/2013     Advisory Committee: Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)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 Germany

- Dr Detlev Rein

24/09/2013     Portugal: receipt of the 3rd cycle State Report
Portugal submitted on 24 September 2013 its third state report in English pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

13/09/2013     Kosovo*: publication of the 3rd ACFC Opinion and the  comments submitted by UNMIK
The Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities has published its third Opinion on Kosovo* together with the comments submitted by the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).

06/09/2013     Azerbaijan: publication of the 3rd ACFC 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 Azerbaijan together with the government comments.

10/07/2013     Committee of Ministers: adoption of a resolution on Spain
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)4 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
by Spain
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 July 2013 at the 1176th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

10/07/2013     Advisory Committee: Election of an expert to the list of experts eligible to serve on the Advisory Committee

Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)3
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 Poland

- Mr Sławomir Łodziński

08/07/2013     Lithuania: 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 Lithuania from 8-11 July 2013 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 Lithuania. The Delegation will have meetings with the representatives of all relevant ministries, the Equal Treatment Ombudsman, public officials, NGOs, as well as national minority organisations.

The Delegation includes Ms Anastasia CRICKLEY, Advisory Committee and member elected in respect of Ireland, Ms Eilia DRUMEVA, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Bulgaria, and Ms Charlotte ALTENHÖNER-DION, Administrator, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

20/06/2013     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 second cycle of monitoring of the implementation of this convention in States Parties.

The Opinion on Latvia was adopted on 18 June, the Opinion on Montenegro on 19 June, and the Opinion on the Netherlands on 20 June 2013.

11/06/2013     Committee of Ministers: adoption of a resolution on Sweden
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)2 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
by Sweden
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 11 June 2013 at the 1173rd meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

03/06/2013     Poland: 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 Warsaw, Białystok, Puńsk, Ochotnica Górna and Kraków from 3-7 June 2013 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention.

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Poland. 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 Aleksandra BOJADJIEVA, Member of the Advisory Committee elected in respect  of "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Ms Emilia DRUMEVA, Member of the Advisory Committee elected in respect of Bulgaria, Mr Gjergj SINANI, Member of the Advisory Committee elected in respect of Albania and Mr Krzysztof ZYMAN, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

27/05/2013     Serbia: 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 Bujanovac, Niš, Novi Pazar, Novi Sad, and Belgrade  from  27- 31 May 2013 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention.

This is the third visit of the Advisory Committee to Serbia. 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 Ms Arzu AGHADASI-SISAN, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Azerbaijan, Ms Anastasia CRICKLEY, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Ireland, Mr. Einar NIEMI, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Norway,  and Ms. Sarah BURTON, Administrator, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

30/04/2013     Committee of Ministers: outline for 4th cycle State reports approved.

30/04/2013     Committee of Ministers: adoption of a resolution on the Russian Federation
Resolution CM/ResCMN(2013)1 on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
by the Russian Federation
(Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 30 April 2013 at the 1169th meeting of the Ministers’ Deputies)

19/04/2013     Ireland: publication of the 3rd ACFC 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 Ireland together with the government comments.

11/04/2013     Sweden: follow-up visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
A follow-up visit is taking place today in Sweden in the context of the third monitoring cycle.

09/04/2013     Ukraine: publication of the 3rd ACFC 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 Ukraine together with the government comments. The comments are also available in Ukrainian.

09/04/2013     Romania: publication of the 3rd cycle government comments
Romania submitted on 5 April 2013 the government comments on the third Advisory Committee Opinion (published on 5 October 2012). They are also available in Romanian.

25/03/2013     Latvia: 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 Riga & Rēzekne from  25 - 28 March 2013 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention.

This is the second visit of the Advisory Committee to Latvia. 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 Ms Ivana JELIĆ, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Montenegro and Mr Gjergj SINANI, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Albania, and Ms Charlotte Altenhoener-Dion, Administrator, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

19/03/2013     Netherlands: 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 the Netherlands from 19-21 March 2013 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention.

This is the second visit of the Advisory Committee to the Netherlands. 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 Aliona GROSSU, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Moldova and Mr Valery OVCHINNIKOV, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of the Russian Federation. and Ms Michčle AKIP, Head of the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

14/03/2013     Serbia: receipt of the 3rd cycle State Report
Serbia submitted on 14 March 2013 its third state report in English (and Serbian), pursuant to Article 25, paragraph 2, of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

17/03/2013     Advisory Committee:  adoption of three Opinions
The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities adopted three opinions under the third cycle of monitoring the implementation of this convention.

The Opinion on Switzerland was adopted on 5 March 2013, the Opinion on Kosovo* was adopted on 6 March 2013 and the Opinion on Bosnia and Herzegovina was adopted on 7 March 2013.

28/01/2013     Montenegro: 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 Podgorica, Tuzi and Plav from 28 January - 1 February 2013 in the context of the monitoring of the implementation of this convention.

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

* 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.