DISTRIBUTION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT TO ORGANIZATIONS REPRESENTING NATIONAL MINORITIES
In 2009, the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Issues Relating to the Protection of National Minorities (DH-MIN), sent a questionnaire to member states, asking them to submit information related to the distribution, use, and auditing of the public financial support for projects concerning persons belonging to national minorities and their organizations. In 2010, following the receipt of answers from 23 member states, a compilation of these answers was drafted and made public; however, with the DH-MIN discontinuing its activity in 2010, the analysis of the contents was not carried out.
Despite the fundamental importance of ensuring adequate funding to minority organisations for the effective participation of national minorities to political and public life, there is only limited academic literature and policy analysis on this topic. The ECMI project ‘Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities’ (2013-2015) was meant to fill a gap in the knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms underlying the distribution of financial support to minority organisations in Europe. The participation of national minorities to political and public life is to a great extent determined by the activity of ‘representative’ organisations, and for them to be able to function adequately funding is of fundamental importance. The amounts and procedure for distribution of financial support, its uses, and the mechanisms in place to oversee the legality and transparency of its use are all important components in this process.
The project examined a set of issues related to the funding of national minority organisations (broadly understood), thus comprising minority parties, minority councils, minority associations, etc., by focusing on the issue of funding as directed by states to minority organisations.
You can read the report of the expert workshop on the Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities, organised in the framework of this project. As another outcome of the project, you can also read Special Issue 3/2015 of the Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues in Europe, ‘The Distribution of Financial Support to Organizations Representing National Minorities’.
The project was developed by ECMI Senior Researcher Dr Andreea Cârstocea.