On the basis of the Reykjavik Declaration, the Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity has been reorganised to give greater emphasis to its work. 

All these changes will gradually be reflected on the DGII portal.

Back COMEX expresses concern over lack of RML communication during health crisis


The Chair of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Vesna Crnić-Grotić, has expressed concern, in an interview at the end of April, about the widespread absence of regional or minority languages from official information and communication about COVID-19.

She underlined that, according to the Charter, regional or minority languages should be used in all contexts and, therefore, that authorities should also actively use regional or minority languages in their response to the pandemic. In particular, it should be borne in mind that COVID-19 patients would feel even more isolated if they were not able to communicate with healthcare staff in their language. 

Croatia 18/05/2020
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The Directorate General of Democracy and Human Dignity (“DGII”) supports the Council of Europe in fields which are vital for the sustainability of democracy:

  • ensuring respect for human dignity without discrimination on the basis of human rights standards;
  • improving the functioning of democratic institutions;
  • and strengthening the democratic competencies of Europe’s citizens and their willingness to engage in the democratic process and promoting respect for diversity in Europe’s societies, in a spirit of solidarity and tolerance, based on the human rights and legal standards of the Council of Europe.