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26-09-2011

ECMI assists the Georgian Government in preparations for FCNM reporting

ECMI assists the Georgian Government in preparations for FCNM reporting

The two-day “Training Seminar on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) and Reporting Procedures in Georgia” was organized by the National Security Council in cooperation with the European Centre for Minority Issues Georgia and the Council of Europe on 12-13 September 2011. It was the first seminar of this kind ever organized by a State Party to the FCNM, and hopefully it will serve as an inspiration for similar events in other countries in the future.

The seminar aimed at providing practical inputs for the upcoming FCNM State report and created an excellent opportunity for intense interaction between a targeted audience of civil servants directly involved in the work on national minorities, the ECMI as leading international NGO concerned with minority issues and the Council of Europe.

The seminar gathered 14 participants from the Georgian Government, including members of the State Ministry for Reintegration - the body responsible for coordination of minority issues in Georgia, and the National Security Council, responsible for implementation of the policies, as well as a number of other bodies such as the Public Defender.  ECMI Georgia provided experts and facilitators; among the experts were Zviad Devdariani, Director of the Civi Development Agency, and Prof. Dr Francesco Palermo as a key expert on FCNM and the FCNM  Advisory Committee representative.   Prof. Dr Francesco Palermo is the Director of the Institute for Studies on Federalism and Regionalism, European Academy (EURAC), Bolzano/Bozen, a partner cooperation institution to ECMI.

The goal was to facilitate and advance consultations of the Georgian government bodies on the drafting of a State Report, with the aim to anticipate possible shortcomings that usually emerge from State Reports.  In technical terms, the goal was to focus on the most relevant issues and to produce a document which will be helpful to the Advisory Committee in order to receive up-to-date information on the minority protection system and its implementation in Georgia.

Thanks to a very detailed program prepared by the organizers, it was possible to address a broad range of issues considered by the participants to be of key importance when preparing for drafting of the 2nd State report. These included the institutional set-up for reporting, the various models of consultations and forms of involvement of NGOs in reporting , collection of specific ethnic data,  the style of the report including avoiding repetitions and properly using cross-referencing, the relations between the 2nd  and the 1st  State Report, and the ways to approach the publication and dissemination of the monitoring results.

Place and Date: Tblisi, Georgia, 12-13 September 2011

For further information on ECMI Georgia, see:

For further information on the FCNM, see:

For further information, please contact: Tom Trier, trier [a] ecmicaucasus.org

 

 

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