Daniel Günther and Other High-Ranking Guests at ECMI Anniversary Reception
On 3rd December 2021, the ECMI turned 25. To celebrate this special event, the Centre organised an anniversary panel discussion in the Danish Central Library in Flensburg followed by a small reception at its headquarters in the historical building called 'Kompagnietor'.
It was a great honour to welcome the prime minister of Schleswig-Holstein – Daniel Günther – at the celebration. Prime Minister Günther congratulated the Centre and emphasised its significant contribution to Schleswig-Holstein`s pioneering role regarding the minority rights regime in the past 25 years.
Consul General of Denmark in Flensburg Kim Andersen and the town council Hannes Fuhrig also participated in the event. Together with representatives of the local minority organisations and politicians – among them Stefan Seidler, Member in the German Parliament, and representative of the Danish Minority Party SSF – affiliated researchers and former directors, they acknowledged the 25 years of productive research.
With the panel discussion 'European Minority Issues: the Road travelled and the Road Ahead' being the kick-off event, the festivities provided the opportunity to not only emphasise the milestones achieved but also critically reflect on existing dilemmas within the field of minority protection, which still need to be solved. The panel discussion was live-streamed on various platforms and can be still accessed on the ECMI YouTube channel and other social media.
The celebration was also a unique occasion for the ECMI to say thank you to its founders and supporters for making its daily work and research possible.
Regarding its anniversary, the ECMI has set up a special anniversary page with an anniversary bundle collection, special anniversary interviews and an anniversary timeline: 25th Anniversary - European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)