The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages is the European convention for the protection and promotion of languages used by traditional minorities. Together with the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities it constitutes the Council of Europe's commitment to the protection of national minorities.
Regional or minority languages are part of Europe’s cultural heritage and their protection and promotion contribute to the building of a Europe based on democracy and cultural diversity.
The Charter, drawn up on the basis of a text put forward by the Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe, was adopted as a convention on 25 June 1992 by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and was opened for signature in Strasbourg on 5 November 1992. It entered into force on 1 March 1998.
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Poland: Further measures needed to implement the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages17/12/2021
Since having entered into force in Poland in 2009, the European Charter for Regional or Minority...
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Cyprus: Progress on Armenian and Cypriot Maronite Arabic languages, but room for improvement, say minority languages experts16/12/2021
State authorities in Cyprus continue to support minority language speakers by funding existing...
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National minorities and minority languages on the agenda of the 4th plenary meeting of the Council of Europe Steering Committee on Anti-Discrimination, Diversity and Inclusion - CDADI08/12/2021
Strasbourg, 8 December 2021: The President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention...