ECMI Anniversary Panel

“European Minority Issues: the Road Travelled and the Road Ahead”

3 December 2021 | 14:00 | Danish Central Library for South Schleswig, Flensburg Germany

The ECMI’s quarter-century of work parallels very much the evolution of the contemporary European minority rights regime. It is fitting, therefore, that we use this anniversary to reflect on the road travelled and the road ahead. At the same time, we know that minority issues are made up of many dimensions: European institutions, national governments, minority communities and academic scholarship. The ECMI’s anniversary panel will open up all of these perspectives with speakers coming from precisely these dimensions.

  • Prof. Dr. Rainer Hofmann (former President of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities)
  • Ms. Linda Pieper (Advisor on National Minority issues, State Chancellery of Schleswig-Holstein)
  • Mr. Loránt Vincze (President, Federal Union of European Nationalities; Member, European Parliament)
  • Dr. Jennifer Jackson-Preece (Associate Professor in Nationalism, London School of Economics and Political Science)

Questions to be addressed in the panel include:

  • How have European institutions (the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the European Union) stabilized and furthered minority issues? What is the state of the multilateralism that has been brought about by European treaties and institutions?
  • How much has the European minority rights regime helped government officials and/or politicians to address minority issues? Are these frameworks useful in everyday government policy-making? What other mechanisms do governments employ in approaching such matters?
  • Has the European minority rights regime actually benefited minority communities? What use of these frameworks have minority activists and politicians made over the last decades? What have been the shortcomings of these systems for minority communities?
  • In what ways has research on minority issues in Europe evolved in sync with the other domains of European institutions, minority communities, government policies and transnational actors?  Has scholarship played an agenda-setting role, helping to identify gaps in these other areas that has spurred new action? Or has it performed more of a watch-dog function, monitoring the actions of the other players and gathering comparative information?

The panel will be moderated by Prof. Vello Pettai, Director of the ECMI.

If you wish to partcipate in the event, please contact ECMI Communications Coordinators Katharina Jürgensen or Stanislav Černega

The event will also be live-streamed on the ECMI social media channels.


The event follows the hygienic concept in compliance with the rules in Germany and the land of Schleswig-Holstein. Participation in the event is limited to people who fall under the 2G rule (vaccinated or recovered).


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