OSCE High Commissioner on National Minorities visits the ECMI

On 2 and 3 May 2011, the High Commissioner on National Minorities (HCNM), Ambassador Knut Vollebæk will visit the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) in Flensburg, Germany. The ECMI has a long-standing cooperation with the High Commissioner on projects and policy analysis. The aim of the visit is to review ongoing cooperation and discuss potential new areas of initiatives. While in the region, the High Commissioner will also meet with representatives of the four national minorities in the Danish-German border region as well as with public authorities. For the programme, click here.

The ECMI is currently implementing a pilot project for the HCNM in Kosovo. The project "Building Sensitivity to Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian Communities in Schools" aims to increase sensitivity to the rights, interests and needs of RAE communities within the school learning environment. Recognising the differences among these communities and their local circumstances, the project utilises a grassroots approach that engages local teachers, school directors, civil society organisations and parents to build understanding and cooperation. For more on the project, click here.

For further info on the OSCE HCNM, click here.

For further info on ECMI Kosovo, click here.

ECMI founders:

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