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04-11-2010

ECMI provides expert advice to border NGOs operating in the Danish-German border region

ECMI Director, Dr. Tove H. Malloy participated in a roundtable discussion with the four major border region NGOs of the Danish-German border region on 28 October 2010. The aim of the roundtable was to discuss how the NGOs can contribute to the common life in the border region. The roundtable formed part of the 7th Dialogue between the NGOs. During the roundtable, representatives from four border region NGOs made presentations about their work and future projects. Represented were the Danish Grænseforeningen; the Schleswig-Holsteinischer Heimatbund e V.; the Deutscher Grenzverein e. V and the ADS-Grenzfriedensbund e. V. Together with three colleague experts, Dr. Malloy commented on the project portfolios of the NGOs and exchanged new ideas for future initiative. She also provided guidance as to the need for the NGOs to adjust to late modern circumstances of internationalization and media use. For her statement, see here.

See further an article in Flensborg Avis on 30 Oct 2010 or a more detailed article on the same day. See here an article in the Flensburger Tageblatt from 02 Nov 2010.

Border region NGOs were established in the Danish-German border region after the referenda in 1920 and the settlement of the border issue as well as after World War II. Their original aim was to support the minorities who were cut off from their cultural home base, the nation-state to which they claimed their allegiance. The organizations were established by the kin-state majorities as a response to the plight that the minorities had to suffer during times of nationalization campaigns or as a result of the wars of the 20th century. The reasons for these aims have now disappeared and these organizations are almost all of them experiencing dwindling membership numbers, lack of funding and indeed less rational basis upon which to exist. As a result they have turned towards inter-cultural approaches in their work.

For more on the border region NGOs, see here:

ADS-Grenzfriedensbund e.V., Flensburg
Deutscher Grenzverein e.V., Oeversee
Grænseforeningen, Copenhagen
Schleswig-Holsteinischer Heimatbund e.V. (SHHB), Molfsee

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Place and Date: Flensburg, 28 October 2010
For further information, please contact: Tove Malloy, info@ecmi.de

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
Government
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State
Schleswig-Holstein