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New reports on minority and regional languages in Czech Republic and Hungary

Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages Strasbourg 21 June 2019
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New reports on minority and regional languages in Czech Republic and Hungary

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe has published reports on the situation with regional and minority languages in Hungary and Czech Republic.

In the report on the Czech Republic, the Committee notes that progress has been made, but draws attention to some important shortcomings. For instance, the ratio required in municipalities for establishing committees on national minorities remains at 10% of the total population, which hinders the application of the Charter.

In its report on Hungary, the Committee says that participation and representation of national minorities (“Nationalities”) in Hungary is exemplary, including in the Hungarian Parliament, and the protection and promotion of their languages enjoys a high level of political support. However, the Committee underlined the need to develop long-term strategies for the promotion of each minority language and further extend the use of minority languages as a medium of instruction.


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