ECMI provides expertise on political participation to the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) annual Congress in Slovenia

The 55th FUEN-Congress takes place 12–15 May in the Slovenian capital, Ljubljana and will host circa 200 delegates of autochthonous minorities from 30 countries who will hear expert advice from Senior Research Associate at the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI), Dr. Oleh Protsyk. Dr. Protsyk will discuss how to implement political participation for minorities in practice. Dr. Protsyk heads up ECMI’s Political Participation Programme located in the research cluster on Politics and Civil Society.

The Political Participation Programme seeks to advance expertise on issues related to the inclusion of minorities in decision-making processes. The programme currently includes two research areas, (1) electoral and party systems and (2) legislative and executive representation. Minorities’ ability to effectively participate in the political process is profoundly shaped by the rules, norms, and practices that exist in each of substantive areas. The Programme aspires to evaluate how variation in these rules, norms, and practices affects minorities’ chances of impacting upon political and policy processes in a meaningful way.

The Politics and Civil Society cluster at ECMI focuses on improving our knowledge about formal and informal mechanisms of participation as well as mobilization towards these. It studies issues of multi-dimensional participation and empowerment as well as inter-cultural dialogue and seeks to relate this to the social capital of minorities.

FUEN (www.fuen.org) has been based in the German-Danish Border Region since its founding in 1949 and is one of the ECMI regional cooperation partners. With 84 member minority organisations in 32 European countries, FUEN is the largest umbrella organisation of the autochthonous minorities in Europe.

Place and Date/Ort und Datum: Ljubljana, 12-15 May/Mai 2010
Further information/Weitere Informationen: info@ecmi.de

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The German Federal GovernmentThe German
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The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
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