ECMI provides opening presentation on “ECRML - its impact and challenges for minority languages in Central and Eastern Europe”

ECMI participates in the conference on “Multilingualism in Europe – Prospects and Practices in East-Central Europe”, 25-26 March organized by the Research Centre for Multilingualism and Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, under the auspices of the Hungarian EU Chairmanship. The ECMI presentation by Ewa Chylinski will focus on the challenges of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) to some states as well as the impact of the convention on the states that already have ratified it. This presentation will take place in the framework of Workshop 2 with the title “Legal provisions for minority /regional languages: the ECRML regime in theory and practice.

As linguistic diversity is one of the core characteristics of Europe, it is of particular importance to look into language ideologies, discourses and policies that are dominating both old and newer EU member states. The fulfillment of Copenhagen criteria set forth for the Central and Eastern European states upon their accession to the EU is one aspect of the political expectations, the other being commitments to the Council of Europe (CoE) to ratify the two conventions that protect traditional minorities in Europe and their languages: the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) and the ECRML.

The latter aims at the protection and promotion of regional or minority languages in relation to the cultural richness and heritage of Europe. However the ECRML has not proven to be particularly popular among CoE member states. Ratified by only 25 states whilst FCNM has been ratified by 39, several states have left this commitment open for many years after becoming a member of the CoE. Thus the ECRML has remained a contested issue in a number of the Central and Eastern European countries. Some states are of the perception that their long tradition of enhancement of regional or minority languages makes the ratification de jure obsolete while others claim to have difficulties in formally identifying languages to be covered by the ECRML.

Read more about the conference here http://www.nytud.hu/mconf/

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Contact person: Ewa Chylinski


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