Kiel celebrates 20th Anniversary of Charter

13/09/2018 Kiel, Germany

On 13 September, the Land of Schleswig-Holstein in Germany organised a conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. After the opening by the Land Commissioner on National Minority Affairs, a representative of the...

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Language Policy Conference, Italy

12-13/09/2018 Udine, Italy

The Chair of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Langauages, Professor Vesna Crnić-Grotić, and the Head of the Charter Secretariat participated in the first NPLD-Coppieters Campus on Planning and Evaluation of Language Policies on 12-13 September in Udine....

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Regional or minority languages protected in Norway, but further efforts needed

Report on Norway published

4/7/2018 Strasbourg

Progress has been made in promoting regional and minority languages in Norway, such as the Sami languages, Kven/Finnish and Romani/Romanes, according to the COMEX report. Almost all undertakings are fulfilled concerning the North Sami language but difficulties persist with the use of special...

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20 years of protecting minority rights and minority languages

18-19/06/2018 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe celebrated the 20th anniversary of the entry into force of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages with a conference organised under the chairmanship of the Republic of Croatia of the...

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Spain conference: Towards a multilingual society

24/05/2018 Valencia, Spain

The Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages participated in the High-Level Conference organised by the NPLD in Valencia on 24 May entitles “Towards a multilingual society: the value of teaching and learning heritage, home and regional languages at an early age"....

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Cyprus: progress made, but areas to be strengthened

4/04/2018 Strasbourg, France

The overall atmosphere in Cyprus with regard to the minority languages is very positive, says a new report by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages published today, alongside the Committee of Ministers' Recommendation on the...

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Report on Romania published

4/04/2018 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has published its Recommendation to Romania on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, as well as the experts’ report evaluating the country's compliance with its commitments under the treaty. In their...

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Austria: Six languages under protection, more needed to promote their use in public life, administration

4/04/2018 Strasbourg, France

In Austria the overall situation regarding the protection of minority languages has not significantly changed since 2012, says a new report by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority languages. The Charter provisions concerning...

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Working Group Meeting on Education Guides

3/04/2018 Vigo, Spain

Experts including Mr Fernando Ramallo, Ms Claudine Brohy and Ms Aleksandra Oszmianska-Pagett, along with the Head of Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Mr Sixto Molina, meet today in Vigo to discuss education issues. The Working Group took advantage of their...

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20th anniversary of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

01/03/2018 Strasbourg, France

On 1 March 1998, the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) entered into force, becoming the only legally binding instrument worldwide dedicated to the protection and promotion of such languages. A key convention of the Council of Europe, the ECRML was, at the time of its...

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COMEX meets Sami representatives

06/02/2018 Inari, Finland

The on-the-spot visit of Finland of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages provided an occasion for the representatives of the Committee of Experts to meet Sami representatives in Inari in the north of the country.

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Committee of Experts visits Finland

7-9 February 2018 Helsinki, Finland

The on-the-spot visit of Finland of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages took place on 6-9 February. This was an occasion for the representatives of the Committee of Experts to meet government officials within the respective ministries responsible...

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Monitoring Synergy

18/01/2018 Strasbourg, France

The Director General of Democracy, Snežana Samardžić-Marković, met the bureaux of the 3 anti-discrimination bodies on 18 January in Strasbourg. Bureau members of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention...

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Possibility for Portugal

14-15/12/2017 Miranda do Duoro, Portugal

At meetings between experts and stakeholders from the national and local administration, academia and civil society in Miranda do Douro, Portugal, on 14-15 December, the Secretary of State for Education, João Costa, stated that the government is working with self-governments, schools and the...

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COMEX Chair addresses Congress

19/10/2017 Strasbourg, France

Prof. Dr Vesna CRNIĆ-GROTIĆ addressed the Chamber of Regions on 19 October during the 33rd session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Strasbourg, France. During her speech, she highlighted the need for support in ratifying the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages....

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Situation of German minority in Denmark rather satisfactory; media presence and general awareness need improving

26/10/2017 Strasbourg, France

The fifth Committee of Experts evaluation report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Denmark has been published today, together with the Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers. The German language is in a rather satisfactory position in Denmark...

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COMEX visits Austria

10-12/10/17 Vienna, Austria

The on-the-spot visit of Austria of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages took place on 10-12 October. This was an occasion for the representatives of the Committee of Experts to meet government officials within the respective ministries responsible...

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Call for tender - ICT services

09/10/17 Strasbourg, France

The Council of Europe will implement from 31/10/2017 to 31/12/2017 a Web Project making it possible to have tailor-made reports based on the conclusions adopted by the COMEX in its reports and recommendations. In this context, it is looking for a Provider for the provision of ICT services. Tender...

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International Conference on the Protection of Regional or Minority Languages in Europe

13-14/11/2017 Budapest, Hungary

The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade will organise a conference on 13-14 November 2017 on the protection of identity through language rights. The conference will take place in Budapest twenty-five years after the opening for signature of the European Charter for Regional or...

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Call for tender coming soon!

05/10/17 Strasbourg, France

We will soon be announcing a call for tender for an exciting new web tool which aims to allow stakeholders (authorities, organisations, associations & media representatives) to compare data from our reports according to their individual needs. The successful bidder will complete Phase 1 by 31...

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