Reservations and Declarations for Treaty No.148 - European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Nature of declaration : Declarations, Denunciations, Derogations
Status as of 02/03/2021

United Kingdom

Declaration contained in Note verbale from the Permanent Representation of the United Kingdom, dated 23 December 2020, registered at the Secretariat General on 23 December 2020 – Or. Engl.

With reference to Part III of the Charter, the Government of the United Kingdom declares in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 2, and Article 3, paragraph 1, of the Charter that it will apply the following provisions for the purposes of Part III of the Charter to the Manx Gaelic language, in respect of the territory of the Isle of Man for the international relations of which the United Kingdom is responsible:

Manx Gaelic language, in respect of the territory of the Isle of Man – 37 paragraphs

Article 8: Education
Paragraphs 1(a)(iv); 1(b)(i); 1(c)(iii); 1(f)(ii); 1(g); 1(h); 1(i).
Total: 7

Article 9: Judicial authorities
Paragraph 3
Total: 1

Article 10: Administrative authorities and public services
Paragraphs 1(a)(v); 1(c); 2(b); 2(g); 4(a); 4(b); 4(c).
Total: 7

Article 11: Media
Paragraphs 1(a)(iii); 1(b)(ii); 1(c)(ii); 1(d); 1(e)(ii); 1(f)(i); 1(g); 2; 3.
Total: 9

Article 12: Cultural activities and facilities
Paragraphs 1(a); 1(c); 1(d); 1(e); 1(f); 1(g); 1(h); 3.
Total: 8

Article 13: Economic and social life
Paragraphs 1(c); 1(d); 2(a); 2(b).
Total: 4

Article 14: Transfrontier exchanges
Paragraph (a).
Total: 1
Period covered: 23/12/2020 -
Articles concerned : 3, 2

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, dated 22 April 2003 and registered at the Secretariat General on 23 April 2003 - Or. Engl.

As a consequence of the extension of the Charter to the Isle of Man, the Manx Gaelic language will be a “regional or minority language” for the purposes of the Charter and accordingly Part II of the Charter will henceforth apply to the Manx Gaelic language.
Period covered: 23/04/2003 -
Articles concerned : 2

Declaration contained in a letter from the Permanent Representative of the United Kingdom, dated 11 March 2003, registered at the Secretariat General on 18 March 2003 - Or. Engl.

The United Kingdom declares, in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1, of the Charter that it recognises that Cornish meets the Charter’s definition of a regional or minority language for the purposes of Part II of the Charter.
Period covered: 18/03/2003 -
Articles concerned : 2

Declaration contained in a Note Verbale from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, handed at the time of deposit of the instrument of ratification on 27 March 2001 - Or. Engl.

a) The United Kingdom declares, in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 2 and Article 3, paragraph 1, of the Charter that it will apply the following provisions for the purposes of Part III of the Charter to Welsh, Scottish-Gaelic and Irish.

Welsh – 52 paragraphs.
Article 8: Education
Paragraphs 1a (i) 1b (i) 1c (i) 1d(iv) 1e (iii) 1f (ii) 1g 1h 1i
Total: 9

Article 9: Judicial authorities
Paragraphs 1a (ii) 1a (iii) 1b (ii) 1b (iii) 1c (ii) 1c (iii) 1d 2b
Total: 8

Article 10: Administrative authorities and public services
Paragraphs 1a (i) 1b 1c 2a 2b 2c 2d 2e 2f 2g 3a 4a 4b 5
Total: 14

Article 11: Media
Paragraphs 1a (i) 1d 1e (i) 1f (ii) 2 3
Total: 6

Article 12: Cultural activities and facilities
Paragraphs 1a 1b 1c 1d 1e 1f 1g 1h 2 3
Total: 10

Article 13: Economic and social life
Paragraphs 1a 1c 2b 2c 2e
Total: 5

Scottish-Gaelic – 39 paragraphs
Article 8: Education
Paragraphs 1a (i) 1b (i) 1c (i) 1d(iv) 1e (iii) 1f (iii) 1g 1h 1i 2
Total: 10

Article 9: Judicial authorities
Paragraph 1b (iii)
Total: 1

Article 10: Administrative authorities and public services
Paragraphs 1c 2a 2b 2d 2e 2f 2g 5
Total: 8

Article 11: Media
Paragraphs 1a (ii) 1b (ii) 1c (ii) 1d 1e (ii) 1f (ii) 1g 2
Total: 8

Article 12: Cultural activities and facilitiesParagraphs 1a 1d 1e 1f 1g 1h 2 3
Total: 8

Article 13: Economic and social life
Paragraphs 1a 1c
Total: 2

Article 14: Transfrontier exchanges
Paragraphs a b
Total: 2

Irish – 30 paragraphs relating to matters which are the responsibility of the devolved administration in Northern Ireland
Article 8: Education
Paragraphs 1a (iii) 1b (iv) 1c (iv) 1d(iv) 1e (iii) 1f (ii) 1g 1h
Total: 8

Article 9: Judicial authorities
Paragraph 3
Total: 1

Article 10: Administrative authorities and public services
Paragraphs 1a (iv) 1c 2b 2e 2f 2g 3c 4a 5
Total: 9

Article 11: Media
Paragraphs 1d 1e (i) 1f (ii) 1g
Total: 4

Article 12: Cultural activities and facilities
Paragraphs 1a 1d 1e 1f 1h 2 3
Total: 7

Article 13: Economic and social life
Paragraph 1d
Total: 1

Irish – 6 paragraphs relating to matters which are the responsibility of the UK government in Northern Ireland
Article 8: Education
Paragraph 2
Total: 1

Article 11: Media
Paragraphs 1a (iii) 1b (ii) 2
Total: 3

Article 14: Transfrontier exchanges
Paragraphs a b
Total: 2

(Total of 36 paragraphs overall)

b) The United Kingdom declares, in accordance with Article 2, paragraph 1 of the Charter that it recognises that Scots and Ulster Scots meet the Charter’s definition of a regional or minority language for the purposes of Part II of the Charter.
Period covered: 01/07/2001 -
Articles concerned : 3, 2


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