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Reports and Recommendations

Under the terms of its Article 15 (1), each State Party is required to present its first report “within the year following the entry into force of the Charter with respect to the Party concerned, the other reports at three-yearly intervals after the first report”. Following a reform to strengthen the Charter's monitoring mechanism adopted in November 2018 by the Committee of Ministers, States Parties to the Charter must present to the Council of Europe, as from 1 July 2019, a comprehensive periodical report on the application of the treaty every five years and then two and a half years thereafter information on recommendations for immediate action. Following receipt of the periodical report, a delegation from the Charter’s Committee of Experts then visits the country to be able to speak with minority language non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the government authorities in order to evaluate whether measures have been put in place and also whether they have worked.

A Party may submit comments on the Committee of Experts’ evaluation report within two months of its transmission to the State authorities. In these comments, the Party may ask the Committee of Experts for a confidential dialogue, which functions according to rules established by the Committee of Experts. Where the Party does not ask for a confidential dialogue, the evaluation report, together with any comments received from the Party, will be published on this website upon expiration of the two-month deadline where the Party does not submit comments, or upon receipt of the Party’s comments, whichever is the earlier date.
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The dates on which the Charter entered into force in the different States Parties can be consulted on the Treaty office website.

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