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Enhancing the Impact of the Framework Convention
past experience,
present achievements
and future challenges

9-10 October 2008

Conference programme
Conference briefing note
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Press Release

NGO meeting programme
NGO meeting declaration


Welcome address by Mr Philippe Boillat, Director General, Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs, Council of Europe

Welcome address by Mr Alan Phillips, President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

CommDH/Speech(2008)13 Statement by Thomas Hammarberg, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights


Opening Session

The end of the second monitoring cycle and the opening of new perspectives for the third monitoring cycle
by Ilze Brands-Kehris, Acting First Vice-President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention

Justice, relevance and participation: transnational activism in the field of minority protection in Europe
A perspective from Central and Southeast Europe (CEE)
by Anna-Mária Bíró

Protection of the Minorities in the Republic of Bulgaria – Achievements and Challenges
by Kemal Eyup


Workshop 1: The Impact Assessment of the Framework Convention

The impact of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in selected countries of Western Europe after two monitoring cycles
Report prepared by Athanasia Spiliopoulou Åkermark

The role of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in selected countries of South-Eastern Europe after two monitoring cycles
Report prepared by Florian Bieber

Indicators for Assessing the Impact of the FCNM in its State Parties
Report prepared by Tove Malloy, Roberta Medda-Windischer, Emma Lantschner and Joseph Marko

A comment on the reports on the impact assessment of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in the State Parties
Discussant paper prepared by Tatjana Perić

A comment on the reports on the impact assessment of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in the State Parties
Discussant paper prepared by Thede Boysen


Workshop 2: The Framework Convention and other International Actors

The use of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by other international actors, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations
Report prepared by Zdenka Machnyikova

The use of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by other Council of Europe mechanisms
Report prepared by Rianne Monique Letschert

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Union
Report prepared by Christophe Hillion

The Framework Convention and other International Actors
Discussant paper prepared by Ilona Klímová-Alexander

The use of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by other international actors, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations
Discussant paper prepared by Ljubomir Mikić

The Framework Convention and other International Actors
Discussant paper prepared by Morten Kjærum

The Use of the Framework Convention in the Activities of the OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities
Discussant paper prepared by Brendan F. Moran

Conclusions by
Giorgio Malinverni


Workshop 3: The Advisory Committee's Thematic Work

The work of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities on thematic commentaries, and the potential impact of these commentaries
Report prepared by Asbjørn Eide

What Role for Future Thematic Commentaries? – A Comment on the report by Asbjørn Eide on thematic commentaries of the Advisory Committee
Discussant paper prepared by Lidija R. Basta-Fleiner

The Dual Meaning of Participation: The Advisory Committee’s Commentary on Participation
Contribution prepared by Francesco Palermo

Potential impact of the Advisory Committee's thematic commentaries from an NGO’s perspective
Discussant paper prepared by Patrick Yu

Roundtable discussion: Marc Weller