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The Council of Europe publishes a report on minority languages in Switzerland

Strasbourg, 28.09.2022 – In a report on Switzerland published today, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) recommends as a priority that the authorities adopt cantonal and/or local legislation on the use of the French...

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European Day of Languages (26 September): Promoting linguistic diversity in times of digital change

In a speech given today at the roundtable ”Shaping the Future of Linguistic Diversity: Digitalization and Youth”, organised in Brussels by the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD) on the occasion of the European Day of Languages, Jarmo Lainio, first vice-chair of the Committee of...

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Minority languages in Germany: A need to increase teacher training, media content and use in courts and administration, among other points in new report

Strasbourg, 15.09.2022 – While some minority or regional languages in Germany have received extra protection and increased bilingual signage is welcomed, more teacher training, increased instruction and more use of these languages in courts, administration and media are needed, according to the...

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Netherlands: visit of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

30/06/2022

A delegation of the Committee of Experts (COMEX) of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and a delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities carried out a coordinated visit to the Netherlands from 28 June – 1 July...

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COMEX held its 73rd plenary meeting

16 June 2022 COMEX held its 73rd plenary meeting The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages held its 73rd plenary meeting from 13 to 15 June 2022 in a hybrid format (Strasbourg/online). The Committee adopted a statement condemning in the strongest possible...

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Statement by the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages on Russian Federation’s aggression against Ukraine

15 June 2022 The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages condemns in the strongest possible terms the aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine. It expresses its deep concern and its solidarity with all people of Ukraine. The Committee of Experts...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Lack of co-ordination continues to hamper protection of regional and minority languages

In its third evaluation report on Bosnia and Herzegovina the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts states that a clearly detectable lack of co-ordination among multiple levels of authority continues to hamper the implementation of the European Charter for Regional and Minority Languages...

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Sweden: visit of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

A delegation of the Committee of Experts carried out a visit to Sweden from 17-20 May 2022 to evaluate progress made in the protection and promotion of regional and minority languages. It is having meetings in Luleå and Stockholm with the representatives of the regional or minority languages...

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Switzerland: visit of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

04/05/2022

A delegation of the Committee of Experts (COMEX) of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and a delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and are carrying out a coordinated visit to Switzerland this week (2-6 May...

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Committee of Experts publishes a statement on the promotion of regional or minority languages through artificial intelligence

29/4/2022

On 16 March 2022, during its 72nd plenary meeting, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages adopted a statement on the promotion of regional or minority languages through artificial intelligence (AI). In this statement, the Committee of Experts notes...

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Germany: visit of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

1/4/2022

A delegation of the Committee of Experts visited Germany from 28 March - 1 April 2022 to evaluate progress made in the protection and promotion of regional and minority languages. It held meetings with the representatives of the regional or minority languages speakers and of the authorities in...

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Croatia should remedy gaps in minority language use

23/3/2022

While acknowledging efforts of the Croatian authorities to comply with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, a report published today reiterates “recommendations for immediate action” to improve the use of minority languages. The report, adopted last week by the Council of...

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COMEX held its 72nd plenary meeting

17/3/2022

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages held its 72nd plenary meeting from 15 to 17 March 2022 in a hybrid format (Strasbourg/online). During the meeting the Committee adopted its evaluation report on the application of the Charter by Bosnia and...

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The Russian Federation is excluded from the Council of Europe

16/3/2022

In an extraordinary meeting this morning, the Committee of Ministers decided, in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council of Europe, that the Russian Federation ceases to be a member of the Council of Europe as from today, after 26 years of membership....

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France: Local charters for the promotion of the Basque language signed

11/3/2022

On 11 March 2022, the mayors of 49 municipalities of the Communauté d'Agglomération du Pays Basque (France) signed charters for the promotion of the Basque language in Itxassou/Itsasu. A local version of the Council of Europe's European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, it marks the...

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Norway: Further improvement needed to revitalise and develop the most endangered minority languages

14/2/2022

In a new evaluation report, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, recommends as a matter of priority, that the Norwegian authorities improve the means for revitalisation and development of the most endangered minority languages; Kven, Lule Sámi and...

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Poland: Committee of Experts concerned about decisions affecting German language in education

8/2/2022

The Committee of Experts has taken note with concern of the recent reduction of the subsidy for regional or minority language education in Poland and the subsequent decrease of the number of hours for minority language teaching targeting German. The teaching of German as a minority language has...

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Poland: Further measures needed to implement the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

17/12/2021

Since having entered into force in Poland in 2009, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages applies to the following languages: Armenian, Belarusian, Czech, German, Karaim, Kashub, Lemko, Lithuanian, Romani, Russian, Slovak, Tatar, Ukrainian and Yiddish. In a new report the...

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Cyprus: Progress on Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic languages, but room for improvement, say minority languages experts

16/12/2021

State authorities in Cyprus continue to support minority language speakers by funding existing cultural institutions and establishing new sports facilities where their languages can be used, according to a new report by the Committee of Experts for the European Charter for Regional or Minority...

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National minorities and minority languages on the agenda of the 4th plenary meeting of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion - CDADI

08/12/2021

Strasbourg, 8 December 2021: The President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, Marie B. Hagsgård, and the Chair of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Vesna Crnić-Grotić, addressed today...

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