Press release - CG002(2014)

Declaration on “Regional and minority languages in Europe today”

Strasbourg, 11 February 2014 – The Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe adopted, on 10 February 2014, a Declaration on “Regional and minority languages in Europe today”.

“The Bureau noted that the current context of economic and social crisis in Europe is seen as not being conducive to increased efforts to promote regional or minority languages. It remains however convinced that progress can be made, and results achieved, when the political will is there and when the various players at local, regional, national and European level join forces.

In this connection, the Bureau welcomed the fact that a large majority of the French National Assembly voted, on 28 January 2014, in favour of a constitutional amendment permitting the ratification of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages by France, 15 years after its signature.

The Bureau calls on Iceland, Italy and Malta, which have also signed the Charter but not yet ratified it, to follow France’s positive example. In addition, it invites the authorities of Albania, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, the Russian Federation and “the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” to ratify the Charter which they committed to do when they joined the Council of Europe.

The Congress – and in particular its Chamber of Regions – will continue to follow up this issue, in close cooperation with the relevant monitoring bodies of the Council of Europe.”

Full text of the Declaration

European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
Planning, Coordination and institutional Communication Unit
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