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CM adopts report on Hungary

Bilingual teaching improves, but use of minority languages needs expanding
Strasbourg, France 20/06/2019
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CM adopts report on Hungary

In its latest report, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages says that participation and representation of the Nationalities (national minorities) in Hungary is exemplary, including in the Hungarian Parliament, and the protection and promotion of their languages enjoys a high level of political support.

Nevertheless, Hungary should develop long-term strategies for the promotion of each minority language.

While the trend towards more bilingual teaching has continued, there remains a need to further extend the use of Croatian, German, Romanian, Serbian, Slovakian and Slovenian as a medium of instruction, as this corresponds better to their situation and the wishes of their speakers. This implies that more teachers should be trained to teach subjects in these languages.

Boyash and Romani are currently only taught as subjects. The Hungarian authorities consider it important to improve and strengthen the educational offer of both languages at all levels of education.

There is hardly any use of minority languages in the fields of judicial and administrative authorities. Measures should be taken to encourage speakers of minority languages to use them in their contacts with the authorities.

All languages covered by the Charter are used in the broadcast media. For Boyash, Croatian, German, Romani, Romanian, Serbian, Slovakian and Slovenian, the duration of the television programmes should be considerably extended. Furthermore, a comprehensive scheme for the training of journalists should be developed involving all minority languages.

This seventh evaluation report by the Committee of Experts is based on the political and legal situation prevailing at the time of the Committee of Experts’ on-the-spot visit to Hungary in October 2018. The pertaining recommendation can be consulted here.