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COMEX in synergy with the Advisory Committee

05/11/2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Experts of the Charter took advantage of the fact that it and the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities were meeting in plenary in Strasbourg this week to discuss synergies and co-operation between the 2 bodies. They were also...

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Experts visit Netherlands

15-18/10/2019 The Hague, Netherlands

Experts have just visited the Netherlands in the framework of the 6th monitoring cycle of the country. They visited Maastricht, Zwolle and Leeuwarden from 15 to 18 October, meeting with speakers of all the territorial and non-territorial languages and of regional languages covered by the Charter,...

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Round Table on Creole language & culture

11/10/2019 Strasbourg, France

In the framework of the Festival of Creole, Ms Irena Kowalczyk-Kedziora, of the ECRML Secretariat, took part in the Round Table on Creole and had the opportunity to present the Charter to the participants.

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Experts visit Sweden

09-11/10/2019 Stockholm, Sweden

Experts have just visited Sweden in the framework of the 7th monitoring cycle of Sweden. They visited Lulea and Stockholm from 9 to 11 October.

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Impressions on minorities and minority languages in a changing Europe

30/04/2019 Strasbourg, France

The conclusions and impressions of the 20th anniversary conference of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages are now available in the form of a brochure. The leaflet features the conclusions and final remarks...

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Reform enters into force

1/07/2019 Strasbourg, France

The reform of the monitoring mechanism of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, adpoted on 28 November 2018 by the Ministers' Deputies, with a view to strengthening it, entered into force today, 1 July 2019. To read more about the reform, please follow this link.

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Declaration on the occasion of the European Day of Languages 2019

26/09/2019 Strasbourg, France

The European Day of Languages, proclaimed by the Council of Europe on 6 December 2001, takes place on 26 September every year with the aim of celebrating the cultural and linguistic diversity within Europe and encouraging and promoting language learning. Languages are essential for many aspects...

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NPLD networking event in Brussels

27/09/2019 Brussels, Belgium

The Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity and the Council of Europe organised a Networking Breakfast at the Council of Europe office in Brussels to mark the European Day of Languages. The event took place on Friday 27th September 2019 and its key objectives were to celebrate the European Day of...

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European Education Summit

26/09/2019 Brussels, Belgium

Marking the European Day of Languages on 26 September, Mr Sixto Molina, Head of the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, participated in the second European Education Summit, which took place in Brussels on 26 September 2019, and where he presented the Charter's...

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Exchange on Turkish language in Greece

01/10/2019 Strasbourg, France

On 1 October 2019, the Secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages received, at its premises in Strasbourg, a delegation from the Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe, with H. HABIP OGLOU, President of the ABTTF Federation, at its head. The Federation now has 30...

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ECRML chair attends ECRI conference

26-27/09/2019 Paris, France

The Chair of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages participated in the event organised in Paris in the framework of the 25th anniversary of European Commission against Racism and Intolerance on 26 and 27 September.

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Looking for good practices relating to regional and minority languages in Europe deadline extended until 30 September 2019

The Secretariat is looking for good practices relating to regional and minority languages, which have been implemented in the last three, maximum five years. The main aim is to collect examples of practices that can serve as models for knowledge transfer across Europe. Examples related to the...

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COMEX meets for its 63rd plenary

02/07/2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Experts met this week for its 63rd plenary session. On the agenda this week, amongst other things, the COMEX held an exchange with Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite Buddeberg, Programme Specialist from the Knowledge Societies Division in the Communication and Information Sector of UNESCO,...

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Bilingual teaching improves, but use of minority languages needs expanding

CM adopts report on Hungary

20/06/2019 Strasbourg, France

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...

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Funding for cultural activities related to minority languages improved, but further efforts needed in other areas

Report on Czech Republic adopted by CM

20/06/2019 Strasbourg, France

In its fourth report on the Czech Republic, the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe notes that the Czech Republic has made progress in implementing its commitments under the Charter, but also draws attention to some important...

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70 years of advocacy for minority rights in Europe

12-14/06/2019 Bratislava, Slovak Republic

The last Congress of FUEN, the Federal Union of European Nationalities, held in Bratislava in the Slovak Republic, from 12 to 14 June 2019, was the occasion to celebrate the 70th anniversary of this non-governmental organisation established in conjunction with the creation of the Council of...

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COMEX Chair addresses GR-J

13/06/2019 Strasbourg, France

Ms Vesna Crnic-Grotic was in Strasbourg on Thursday 13 June to meet the Group of Rapporteurs on Legal Co-Operation (GR-J). She addressed the GR-J on the reform of the monitoring mechanism which will come into force on 1 July 2019 and on the challenges which lie ahead, before taking part in an...

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Minority languages in Switzerland: situation by and large satisfactory; Italian and Romansh require additional support

14/12/2016 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has just published its report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Switzerland and recommendations to the authorities, together with the response from the Swiss Government. The report highlights recent...

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Serbia: minority language education should be strengthened

4/04/2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe published a new report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) in the Republic of Serbia and the recommendations to the Serbian authorities. The Charter applies to Albanian, Bosnian, Bulgarian,...

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Committee of Experts meets in plenary

18-22/03/2019 Strasbourg, France

The Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is meeting in Strasbourg, France, for its 62nd plenary session during the week of 18-22 March 2019. Among other things, it will discuss the the evaluation reports on the application of the Charter in Luxembourg,...

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