ECMI presents the European Yearbook of Minority Issues to the European Parliament’s Minority Intergroup

On 16 December 2010, the European Parliament Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages met with a delegation of General Editors from the European Yearbook of Minority Issues. The aim of the meeting was to introduce the latest research in the area of minority issues to the members of the Intergroup. The delegation was headed by ECMI Director, Tove H. Malloy who introduced the Yearbook in general terms to the Intergroup and discussed some of the trends and developments in minority research. General Editor, Prof. Rainer Hofmann, University of Frankfurt and President of the Advisory Committee to the Framework Convention on National Minorities, looked at international developments and how the European Court of Human Rights had become more active in dealing with minority issues. General Editor, Prof. John Packer, Director of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, discussed the evolution of national minority rights underlining how national states had been formed not by peaceful accord but by violence and conflict, with national minorities suffering as a result. General Editor Prof. Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Director of the Åland Islands Peace Institute, presented the Yearbook’s special focus on education looking at integration and multilingualism. Ms. Karin Riis-Jørgensen, formerly a member of the European Parliament and a current member of ECMI’s Executive Board, discussed work needed to be done in the area of Roma issues and how human trafficking is affecting the Roma often with Roma women enduring double discrimination.

The European Yearbook of Minority Issues is published annually. It is a joint undertaking of the ECMI and the European Academy in Bolzano/Bozen. The Yearbook attracts a range of authors from many disciplines addressing issues concerned with minority issues in Europe. At ECMI, the Managing Editor is Senior Research Associate, Dr. Alexander Osipov. For more on the Yearbook, see European Yearbook

The Intergroup is a multi-party group established within the European Parliament. The role of the Intergroup is to serve as an open forum for exchanging ideas and views on the situation and future of traditional minorities, national communities and languages. In order to promote awareness and understanding of minority issues in Europe, the Intergroup serves as a meeting point for political groups, European institutions, non-governmental organisations and minority representatives. The immediate objectives of the Intergroup are to increase awareness of national and linguistic minority issues and problems related to these; to inform the members of the new European Commission about minority issues; to facilitate the development of policies and practices in support of minorities; and to stress minority rights as an integral part of fundamental human rights and basic principles of non-discrimination. In the long term, the Intergroup strives to initiate European legislation that will strengthen national minority protection.
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Place and date: Strasburg, 16 December 2010
For further information, please contact: Dr Alexander Osipov - osipov@ecmi.de

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