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Minority languages in Montenegro: new evaluation report released
Strasbourg, 12 May 2015 – The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe today adopted recommendations and issued a new evaluation report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Montenegro. The report was drawn up by a committee of independent experts, which monitors the application of the Charter by the countries that have signed and ratified it. In the report, the Committee of Experts acknowledges the commitment and the efforts of the Montenegrin authorities to support and protect regional and minority languages. The report welcomes the effective granting of co-official status to the Albanian language in three municipalities, including in the fields of education, public administration and public broadcasting. Read more
Georgia and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages: information meeting for Assyrian speakers
On 11 May 2015, the Council of Europe, in co-operation with national and local authorities, organised an information meeting on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages for the speakers of the Assyrian language residing in Dzveli Kanda (Mtskheta municipality). When acceding to the Council of Europe in 1999, Georgia committed itself to signing and ratifying the Charter. As one of the key conventions of the Council of Europe, the Charter aims to protect traditionally used minority languages as part of the country’s cultural heritage. The event informed representatives of the local authorities and the Assyrian speakers about how the Charter will protect the Assyrian language. It also provided the Assyrian speakers with an opportunity to present the current situation and medium-term perspectives of their language. Furthermore, participants explored how cultural sites of the Assyrians could contribute to the development of local tourism. During the discussions, the representatives of the Assyrian speakers as well as the national and local authorities voiced strong support for the ratification of the Charter by Georgia. The meeting took place in the framework of the EU/Council of Europe Joint Programme “Civic Integration of National Minorities in Georgia and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages”. Similar events will be organised in the Samtskhe-Javakheti, Kakheti, Adjara and Kvemo Kartli regions as well as in Tbilisi in 2015.
Minority languages in Croatia: new evaluation report published
Strasbourg, 16.04.2015. - The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe issued on 15 April a new evaluation report on the application of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in Croatia. The Council of Europe appreciates the positive climate of dialogue with the Croatian authorities on minority language protection. The evaluation report commends the Croatian authorities on the extension of the application of the Charter to German, Slovenian and Roma languages. It also welcomes the adoption by the Croatian authorities of a new Action Plan for the Implementation of the Constitutional Act on the Rights of National Minorities as a useful framework for the achievement of concrete and measurable objectives in the field of minority language promotion. However, the Action Plan does not cover all undertakings chosen by Croatia under the Charter, the report notes. Read more
  
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