The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is the European convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by traditional minorities. Together with the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities it constitutes the Council of Europe's commitment to the protection of national minorities.
Regional or minority languages are part of Europe’s cultural heritage and their protection and promotion contribute to the building of a Europe based on democracy and cultural diversity.
The Charter, drawn up on the basis of a text put forward by the Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, was adopted as a convention on 25 June 1992 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and was opened for signature in Strasbourg on 5 November 1992. It entered into force on 1 March 1998.
03 Dec 2018 16:21:00Tbilisi, Georgia 29/11/2018
On 27 November 2018, a workshop for minority language media in Tbilisi was organised. The event...
22 Nov 2018 16:37:00Strasbourg, France 19/11/2018
On 19 November, an exchange took place in the Council of Europe premises between experts Mr...
19 Nov 2018 10:26:00Stockholm, Sweden 13/11/2018
On 13 November, members of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or...