“Linguistic diversity: a challenge for european cities and regions” - Conclusions of the Rovinj Conference (Croatia, 22-23 March 2001) - CG (8) 25 Part II


Rapporteurs
Andrei Demine (Russian Federation, L)
Peter Kittelmann (Germany, R)


EXPLANATORY MEMORANDUM

Introduction

The Conference held in Rovinj, Croatia, on 22 and 23 March 2001 was a highlight in the work of the Congress’ Committee on Culture and Education in 2001. The subject of the Conference was “linguistic diversity: a challenge for European cities and regions”, representing the CLRAE’s main contribution to European Year of Languages 2001. Organised by the Congress, the Croatian Ministry of European Integration and the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, the conference was also assisted by the Council of Europe’s Directorate General of Culture and Education. The event was an indubitable success in terms of both the variety of themes addressed and the quality of the speakers and contributors.

We the Rapporteurs would like to thank the following Croatian authorities for their hospitality: Mr Ivan Jakovcic, Croatian Minister for European Integration and former member of the Congress (since becoming President of the Istria Region), Mr Vladimir Strugar, Croatian Minister for Education and Sports, and Mr Lido Sosic, Mayor of Rovinj. Their enthusiasm and the warm welcome they extended to participants unquestionably contributed to the success of this conference.

The Congress Committee on Culture and Education had considered the preliminary draft programme of the conference at its meeting in Strasbourg on 28 October 2000.

Participants

The Rovinj Conference was attended by over 150 representatives of local and regional authorities, national governments, international organisations and academic bodies closely involved in cultural and language policies.

Following the welcoming addresses by the three aforementioned political figures, a welcome message from Walter Schwimmer, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, was read out by a representative of the Croatian Ministry of European Integration.

The opening speeches of the conference were delivered by:

Lord Russell-Johnston, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe,

Mrs Irma Peioponen, Fist Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, member of the Varkaus City Council (Finland), and

Mr Llibert Cuatrecasas, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE).

A wealth of themes

The various contributions presented at the conference will be published in a separate document, to which we would refer the reader1.

As can be seen from the programme (see Appendix 2), the Rovinj Conference addressed a large number of themes relating to linguistic diversity using a wide variety of angles and approaches. The Final Declaration, adopted on 23 March 2001 (see Appendix 1) comprises a summary of the various pronouncements, though it is insufficient on its own to reflect the whole wealth of the statements made and questions raised.

We have therefore decided, at the risk of incompleteness, that this report should only include a few of the statements and items which we consider particularly significant.

We would like to present the statements delivered by the following participants:

- Mr Ivan Jakovcic, Croatian Minister for European Integration, pointed out that the conference was important to Croatia because of its recent history. He said that knowledge of other languages and cultures contributed to peace and friendship among different nations. Through this conference, a small town, Rovinj, in a small country, Croatia, was sending out a message of peace to the whole of Europe, and particularly to the Balkans.

- Lord Russell-Johnston, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, described linguistic purity as a myth. Linguistic diversity, on the other hand was as natural and inevitable as the diversity of human nature. He considered that a command of foreign languages was a decisive factor for mutual understanding and peace among the nations.

- Mrs Irma Peiponen, Vice-President of Commission 7 of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, stressed the importance of these issues to the Committee of the Regions, pointing out that real regional development was based on the particular region’s cultural identity, of which language was a key element. Support for cultural diversity was a precondition for sustainable development.

- Mr Llibert Cuatrecasas, President of the Congress, welcomed the fact that Croatia had chosen to launch European Year of Languages at the Rovinj Conference. He stressed that the Congress set great store by the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, which had only been ratified by eleven countries, including Croatia, to date (March 2001). He said that languages were a political issue, and pointed to the risk of some languages being sidelined or even wiped out by the economic and cultural domination of other more powerful and prestigious languages. He added that learning a language other than one’s one was a right and a necessity for social integration and for the realisation of genuine democratic citizenship. He referred to the Innsbruck Declaration (December 2000), which stressed that “all languages, whether national, regional or local, are equal in dignity. The preservation of Europe’s linguistic diversity is essential for the harmonious development of our societies”.

- Mrs Helene Lund, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education of the CLRAE Chamber of Local Authorities and member of the Committee of the Regions, said that the Rovinj Conference was but the beginning. The Congress, like the Committee of the Regions, would continue its work with follow-up action on the questions raised during the event.

The proceedings of the conference were based on the following main themes:

Theme 1 Languages as factors in cultural identity

Theme 2 Linguistic assets in European cities and regions - languages as a means of socio-economic integration and social cohesion

1. Encouraging immigrants to use the language of their host country - fostering knowledge of immigrant languages in host countries

2. International and inter-regional languages of communication

3. Regional or minority languages

Theme 3 Regional or minority languages - Bilingualism: a challenge for European local and regional authorities

Round Table: The role of European local and regional authorities in promoting linguistic diversity

Closing Session of the Conference and adoption of the Final Declaration.

SOME CONCLUSIONS FROM THE MODE OF ORGANISATION OF THE CONFERENCE

1. Co-operation between the Congress and Directorate General IV of the Council of Europe (Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Environment)

As in the case of previous CLRAE conferences, including the one in Innsbruck (November 2000), the programme for the Rovinj Conference was drawn up in close co-operation with the relevant Council of Europe department, which in this case was the Division of Modern Languages, Directorate General IV. This co-operation proved particularly beneficial with the department responsible for organising European Year of Languages 2001. Several of the experts who spoke at the Rovinj Conference are regularly involved in co-operation with the Council of Europe’s Directorate General IV.

We welcome this highly productive co-operation between the Congress and the experts and hope that it can continue in the coming years, particularly under the transverse projects currently being initiated by the Council for Cultural Co-operation (CDCC).

The Congress might, for instance, propose continuing joint activities with the experts from this sector in such matters as helping migrants learn the language of their host country, knowledge of immigrant languages in the host countries and, obviously, the role of local and regional authorities in promoting linguistic diversity.

2. Co-operation between the Congress and the Committee of the Regions of the European Union

The Rovinj Conference was one of the first Congress activities organised in co-operation with the Committee of the Regions, specifically its Commission 7 on “Education, Vocational Training, Culture, Youth, Sport and Citizens’ Rights”. This co-operation was facilitated by the fact that several of the Congress members attending the Rovinj event are also members of the Committee of the Regions. It was a matter of great satisfaction that such co-operation proved possible on the occasion of European Year of Languages 2001, an activity jointly conducted by the Council of Europe and the European Union.

We would like to refer to the opinion adopted by the Committee of the Regions on 23 June 2001 on promoting and protecting regional or minority languages in Europe (see Doc. CG/CULT (8) 4). This opinion, adopted three months after the Rovinj Conference, makes several references to the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.

This co-operation established in Rovinj should, in our view, continue in the future not only in the cultural and educational field but also in other sectors of common interest to the Congress and the Committee of the Regions.

3. Co-operation with the Parlimanetary Assembly

In such a field as languages, which concerns all the component bodies of the Council of Europe, the Congress is particularly grateful that the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe agreed to speak at the Rovinj Conference. The CLRAE welcomes this co-operation and stresses the importance of the report on European Year of Languages presented by Mr Jacques Legendre, Rapporteur for the Committee on Culture, Science and Education, at the Assembly Session in September 2001 (Doc. 9194 of 10 September 2001), which duly mentions the Rovinj Conference.

The Congress will obviously take account in its future work of Recommendation 1539 (2001) on European Year of Languages, adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on 28 September 2001.

EUROPEAN YEAR OF LANGUAGES 2001

The Congress welcomes the proclamation of European Year of Languages 2001, a Council of Europe initiative backed by the European Union. One of the objectives of this Year is to develop multilingualism and enhance the European linguistic heritage. The objectives and aims of the Year were presented at the beginning of the conference by Mrs Alida Matkovic of the Council of Europe’s Division of Modern Languages.

The Rovinj Declaration, which reflects the local and regional authorities’ viewpoint, acknowledges the major potential contribution of language skills to effective cross-border, inter-regional and inter-municipal co-operation. Paraphrasing the Innsbruck Declaration (December 2000) - a previous initiative by the Congress in the cultural sector - the Rovinj Declaration acknowledges that “all languages, whether national, regional, local, minority or linked to migration, are equal in dignity”.

All European citizens should be able, throughout their lives, to acquire an ability to communicate in, if not a perfect command of, several languages. The Congress, as well as the Parliamentary Assembly, acknowledges the great importance of the new instrument introduced by the Council of Europe, namely the “European Language Portfolio”, which was presented in detail at the Rovinj Conference.

The Congress might recommend, on the basis of the proposals set out in the Rovinj Declaration, that governments and local and regional authorities in Europe introduce language policies geared to:

- encouraging cultural and linguistic diversity
- protecting and promoting Europe’s rich linguistic heritage
- supporting social and inter-ethnic cohesion
- ensuring protection for regional or minority languages
- promoting the learning of the languages of neighbouring countries
- recognising, in a spirit of openness and tolerance, the value of all the languages and cultures practiced in the European cities and regions by immigrants and foreign residents from all over the world.

These issues were intensively discussed at the Rovinj Conference, and they should, in our view, be the subject of future work by the Congress.

One of the key aims of European Year of Languages is to promote multilingualism, ie to develop the ability of European citizens to communicate in several languages, without necessarily having a perfect command of them. The Year also provides an opportunity to emphasise that everyone in Europe can and must be entitled to engage in lifelong language learning.

The Rovinj Conference acknowledged that continuation of the globalisation process was presenting major challenges to regional, minority and lesser-used languages. The Conference recommended that Council of Europe member states use the new information technologies to teach not only foreign but also regional or minority languages.

The Rovinj Declaration recommends educational policies facilitating the learning of at least two foreign languages at school, and advocates teaching specified subjects in various foreign languages as well as curricula for teaching the languages of neighbouring countries in order to foster cross-border co-operation. In view of the importance of the media, the Declaration also encourages television networks to broadcast programmes in the original languages with sub-titles in order to familiarise viewers, particularly younger ones, with the sound of foreign languages, and also to improve children’s mother-tongue reading skills.

The choice of language to be learnt should not be dictated solely by economic and geopolitical reasons. The Rovinj Declaration acknowledges that knowledge of languages improves job and travel opportunities, but at the same time it asks local and regional authorities to introduce language and cultural policies geared to developing multilingualism. It stresses that language learning serves the cause of peace and encourages mutual understanding, tolerance and respect for different identities.

We would like to stress that on 26 September 2001 all 45 European states having ratified the Council of Europe’s European Cultural Convention celebrated “European Day of Languages”. Thousands of activities took place throughout the continent to celebrate linguistic diversity and promote language learning. Many events were organised (“language streets”, “language buses”, etc).

In a difficult international context, the Council of Europe seized on the Day to reiterate the message of peace, which holds that multilingualism and language learning are powerful vehicles for mutual respect and tolerance among the peoples.

THE EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR REGIONAL OR MINORITY LANGUAGES

The problems of regional and minority languages were also intensively discussed at the Rovinj Conference. Several rapporteurs went into the various features of the European Charter. The Declaration invites member states which have not yet done so to ratify the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages and established the necessary legal framework and material and human resources required for protecting and promoting regional or minority languages as valuable components of the European cultural heritage.

1. Recommendation to the Committee of Experts

We would like to draw the Congress’ attention to the fact that on 20 September 2001 the Committee of Ministers adopted its first ever recommendations on the application of the Charter. These recommendations are based on the evaluation reports prepared by the Committee of Experts on the Charter in the light of information periodically submitted by the State s Parties to the Charter and the NGOs, as well as in the wake of visits which the Committee makes to the various countries. The three states covered by these first recommendations are Croatia, Finland and the Netherlands.

In connection with Croatia - which hosted the Rovinj Conference, during which several contributions were presented on the various aspects of this country’s language policy - the Committee of Ministers recommends energetic measures on the administrative, institutional, legal and legislative fronts to genuinely promote and guarantee the use of regional and minority languages.

Where Finland is concerned, the Committee of Ministers recommends immediate measures to reinforce the Sami language in education and increase its media presence. The use of Swedish, the lesser-used official language, and Sami should also be encouraged in the legal, administrative, health and social welfare sectors.

As regards the Netherlands, the Committee of Ministers recommends intensifying the teaching of the Frisian language and increasing its use in the legal and administrative fields and in the audiovisual media2.

The Congress should encourage the Committee of the Charter to continue its work in this area and to extend it to other member states, and urge increasing numbers of countries to sign and ratify the Charter.

2. Opinion of the Committee of the Regions on the European Charter

We would also like to draw the Congress’ attention to the Opinion adopted by the Committee of the Regions on 13 June 2001 on the Promotion and Protection of Regional and Minority Languages, which makes several references to the Council of Europe’s European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. This opinion requests that the European Commission use the principles and objectives of the European Charter as a yardstick for assessing the extent to which countries applying for European Union membership are honouring their commitments vis-à-vis protection of minorities.

In its opinion the Committee of the Regions urges European Union Member States to “sign and ratify (the Charter) without reservations…, in order to support the principles and objectives laid down therein and extend the level of support offered to minority and regional languages, especially as regards their use in the field of public services”. The Committee of the Regions also recommends that the European Commission establish a long-term programme to promote and protect minority (lesser-used) and regional languages of the European Union. It advises the European Commission to consult the bodies responsible for promoting European languages and associations representing language communities on matters of funding and long-term strategy vis-à-vis regional and minority languages.

The Committee of the Regions requests that the Commission support a research project on socio-linguistic change in Europe, identifying the factors contributing to the rise or fall of specific languages, to include public authority action in this field. Lastly, the Committee of the Regions advocates including the issue of minority (lesser-used) and regional languages of the European Union on the agenda of the 2004 Intergovernmental Conference in order to guarantee their proper recognition in the European Union treaties.

THE ROLE OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES IN PROMOTING LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY – Conclusions of the Final Round Table

This theme cropped up repeatedly throughout the Conference, and the proceedings ended with a Round Table on the subject before the adoption of the Final Declaration.

Drawing on a summary prepared by Mr Christophe Büchi, journalist (Switzerland), Mrs Crnic-Grotic (Croatia), Vice-Chair of the Committee of Experts on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, pointed out that the European Charter was aimed not at creating minority ghettoes but at developing linguistic diversity in a positive and constructive manner. The Charter covered all traditionally spoken languages, whether territorially based or not. Nor did the Charter specify whether it applied to dialects and immigrant languages. Ms Crnic-Grotic acknowledged the great difficulty of defining an immigrant language, taking the example of Serbs in Slovenia, who had held immigrant status in that country for only ten years. While recognising that the local and regional authorities had a primordial role to play, she nevertheless considered that each State should decide on the practical measures to be taken depending on the actual needs of individual language groups.

Mr Bucci (Italy, L), Chair of the CLRAE Committee on Sustainable Development and former Congress Rapporteur on the European Charter, noted that progress was impossible without adequate funding, though some of the more urgent measures were easily affordable, the most important being to recognise the private associations and organisations working in this field. He considered that active support was needed for mother-tongue education, teacher training, folk traditions and cultural production, and that the media, particularly local television channels, and libraries should assign sufficient time and space to minority languages. He said that language research and cross- border exchanges should be supported at the regional level, adding that Internet might be used as a key tool for promoting lesser-used languages.

Mr Brezigar, President of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages in Dublin, observed that the concept of “lesser-used languages” was a compromise aimed at avoiding such expressions as “minority languages” or “regional languages”. The European Bureau, made up of all the European Union states except Portugal and Greece, promoted languages through networked activities. Mr Brezigar considered that there was much to be learnt from every national model, but that each country should identify its own solutions.

Mr Roppe (Belgium, L), a CLRAE member, stressed that even though most of the participants at the conference were convinced of the need to protect and promote minority languages, some countries were more reluctant to do so. He pointed out that local authorities had a frontline role to play in opening up to minority cultures, eg by means of cable TV companies.

The Round Table finished with a presentation of the linguistic situation of the German-speaking and Croatian minorities in Hungary and the Italian-speakers in the province of Istria in Croatia (approx. 220 000 individuals). Istria was shortly to be declared the first bilingual region of Croatia, and Mr Zilli, the President of the Administrative County of Istria, said that bilingualism had to be supported in this region as a sine qua non for multiethnic democracy. He stressed that schools should play a fundamental role and that bilingualism should not be confined to the private sphere but should also be given a high public profile.

CLOSING SESSION AND ADOPTION OF THE FINAL DECLARATION

The draft Final Declaration was tabled and debated during Closing Session, which was chaired by Mrs Lund, Chair of the Committee on Culture and Education, Chamber of Local Authorities and member of the European Union Committee of the Regions. The following participants addressed the meeting: Mr Demin, CLRAE member, Mrs Peioponen on behalf of the European Union Committee of the Regions, and Mr Stöckling, CLRAE member.

The Final Declaration was unanimously adopted (see Appendix 1).

The Closing Address of the Conference was delivered by Mr Jakovcic, Croatian Minister for European Integration.

FOLLOW-UP TO THE CONFERENCE

One of the main themes for potential work by the Congress in the future is undoubtedly that of local and regional authority policy on the languages used by foreign or immigrant residents. This is a highly topical theme given the current international situation and the threats to social cohesion in European cities and regions arising from the international tension generated by the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States.

We consider that the Congress should launch fresh initiatives on this theme.

The Congress Committee on Culture and Education should also consider the invitation extended at the meeting on 10 April 2001 by Mr Demin, Mayor of Petrozavodsk (Russian Federation) to hold a follow-up conference to the Rovinj Conference in his town, at a date to be decided.

The draft Recommendation and Resolution submitted to the committee for approval at its meeting on 19 October are based on the main conclusions of this explanatory memorandum.

Appendix 1 - Conference on “Linguistic diversity: a challenge for European cities and regions”: Final Declaration - Rovinj (Croatia), 22-23 March 2001

Appendix 2

CONFERENCE
"LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY :
CHALLENGE FOR EUROPEAN CITIES AND REGIONS"
Rovinj, Croatia, 22–23 March 2001

programme

Conference organised jointly by
the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE),
the Ministry of European Integration of Croatia,

and the Committee of the Regions of the European Union,
with the support of the Modern Languages Division of the Council of Europe.
Hotel Sol Park, Rovinj, Croatia

Thursday 22 March 2001

9 – 10.30 am Welcoming address

Mr. Ivan JAKOVCIC, Minister of European Integration of Croatia

Mr. Vladimir STRUGAR, Minister of Education and Sport of Croatia

Mr. Lido SOSIC, Mayor of the City of Rovinj, Croatia

Greetings of Secretary General of the Council of Europe Walter SCHWIMMER by Ms Petra Goran (Ministry of European Integration of Croatia)

Opening speeches

Lord RUSSELL-JOHNSTON, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Mrs. Irma PEIPONEN, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Regions, Member of the Varkaus City Council (Finland)

Mr. Llibert CUATRECASAS, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE)

Aims and objectives of the European Year of Languages 2001

Mrs Alida MATKOVIC, Co-ordinator “European Year of Languages 2001”, Modern Languages Division of the Council of Europe

11 am– 1 pm Theme I : Languages as factors in cultural identity

Chair : Mr. Llibert CUATRECASAS, President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE)
Introduction

Mr. Christophe BÜCHI, Journalist, Writer (Switzerland)

Communications :

Mr. Selim BESLAGIC, Governor of the Tuzla Canton (Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Mr. Alessandro PERELLI, Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, International Relations Department, Trieste (Italy)

Mr. Georgy KHRUSHLOV, Expert, Pushkine Institute of Russian Language (Russian Federation)

Dr Goran FILIPI, Dean of the Pula Faculty of Philosophy (Croatia), “Linguistic map of Istria”

Mr. Roberto PELLA, Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, Mayor of Valdengo and President of Biella Provincial Council (Italy)

Discussion

2.30 – 4 pm Theme II: Linguistic assets in European cities and regions –
Languages as a means of social integration and cohesion

Chair: Ms Helene LUND, Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, President of the Committee on Culture and Education of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the CLRAE, Deputy Mayor of Farum, Denmark

1. Encouraging immigrants to use the language of their host country – Fostering knowledge of immigrant languages in host countries

Introduction:

Professor Padraig O’RIAGAIN, (Ireland) – “Migration and language policies”

Contributions:

Mr. Gerhard FIEDLER, Association for the Teaching of Languages to Foreigners (Germany)

Mr. Hans Ulrich STÖCKLING, Member of the CLRAE, State Adviser of the Government of State of the Canton of St Gall, Education Department (Switzerland)

4.30 - 6 pm Theme II: Linguistic diversity in European cities and regions -

Languages as factors contributing towards social and economic integration and social cohesion (continued)

Chair: Dr. Herwig VAN STAA, President of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the CLRAE, Mayor of Innsbruck, Austria

2. International and interregional languages of communication

Introduction:

Dr. John L. M. TRIM, Cambridge University (United Kingdom)

Contributions:

Ms Mirjana VILKE, National Committee Member, Professor at the University of Zagreb (Croatia) – “Modern language teaching in the early years of school – A social, cultural and economic necessity”

Mr. Michel LEFRANC, Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe (Graz, Austria)

Ms Christa ENGEMANN, Ministry of Education of Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

Ms Helene LUND, Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, President of the Committee on Culture and Education of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the CLRAE, Deputy Mayor of Farum, Denmark

Mr. Michael SCHROEN, Head of Language Department, Goethe-Institut Zagreb (Croatia)

Discussion

Friday 23 March 2001

9 – 10.30 am Theme II: Linguistic diversity in European cities and regions -

Languages as factors contributing towards social and economic integration and social cohesion (continued)

Chair: Mr. Hans Ulrich STÖCKLING, Member of the CLRAE, State Adviser of the Government of State of the Canton of St Gall, Education Department, Switzerland

3. Regional or minority languages

Introduction :

Mr. Bojan BREZIGAR, President of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL), Brussels (Belgium)

Contributions :

Mr. Alastair MACPHEAL, European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture – “European Union policies to promote minority and regional languages”

Mr. Pere ESTEVE, Member of European Parliament, President of the Fundacio Trias Fargas, Catalonia (Spain)

Mrs Loradana BOGLIUN-DEBELJUH, Co-President of the Sub-Committee on Culture of the Assembly of European Regions, First Vice-President of the Istrian Parliament (Croatia)

Mr. Andrei DEMINE, Member of the CLRAE, Mayor of Petrozavodsk (Russian Federation)

Discussion

11 – 1 pm Theme III: Regional or minority languages – Bilingualism: a challenge for European local and regional authorities

Chair: Mrs. Irma PEIPONEN, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Regions, Member of the Varkaus City Council, Finland
Introduction :
Mr. Fred URBAN, Director of the Institute of Bilingualism, Strasbourg (France)

Contributions:

Ms Anera ADAMIK – National Coordinator for EYL, Foreign Language Advisor, Ministry of Education, Institute for Educational Development, Rijeka (Croatia) – “Bilingualism and the Italian minority in Istria”

Ms Breda PECAN, Member of the CLRAE, Mayor of Izola (Slovenia)

Mr. Sean O’NEACHTAIN, Committee of the Regions of the European Union (Ireland)

Mr Charles RICQ, Director of the European Observation Center for Regions, Geneva (Switzerland)

Mr. ARSLANOV, Head of the Development of Languages Department of the City of Kazan (Russian Federation)

Discussion

2.30 – 4 pm Round table: The role of European local and regional authorities in
promoting linguistic diversity

Moderator: Dr. Nenad PRELOG, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of the Directorate for consular and international legal affairs, Croatian minorities and migrations (Croatia)

Ms Vesna CRNIC-GROTIC, Professor of International Law, Vice-President of the Committee of Experts of the The European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages of the Council of Europe (Croatia)

Mr. Moreno BUCCI, Member of the CLRAE, Former Rapporteur of the CLRAE of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, President of the “Circoscrizione Viareggio”(Italy)

Mr. Bojan BREZIGAR, President of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL), Brussels (Belgium)

Mr. Louis ROPPE, Member of the CLRAE, Councillor and former Mayor of the City of Hasselt, President of the Union of Belgian Towns (Belgium)

Ms. Agnes SZAUER, Head of the Department on the German Minority, of the Hungarian Office for National and Ethnic Minorities, Budapest (Hungary)

Mrs. Maria PILSITS, Mayor (Hungary)

Mr. Silvano ZILLI, Head of Istria County Administrative Department for Italian National Community and OtherEthnic Groups (Croatia)

4.30 – 6 pm Closing Session

Chair: Ms Helene LUND, Member of the Committee of the Regions of the European Union, President of the Committee on Culture and Education Chamber of Local Authorities of the CLRAE, Deputy Mayor of Farum, Denmark

Presentation of a draft Final Declaration

Mr. Andrei DEMINE, Member of the CLRAE, Mayor of Petrozavodsk (Russian Federation)

Mrs. Irma PEIPONEN, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions of the European Regions, Member of the Varkaus City Council

Mr. Hans Ulrich STÖCKLING, Member of the CLRAE, State Advisor of the Government of the State of the Canton of St Gall, Education Department (Switzerland)

Adoption of the Final Declaration

Closing address by Mr Ivan JAKOVCIC, Minister of European Integration of Croatia

Press Conference

Appendix 3

CONFERENCE

«LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY: 
CHALLENGE FOR EUROPEAN CITIES AND REGIONS »

ROVINJ (CROATIA)

22-23 MARCH 2001

Organised jointly by:

The Congress Of Local And Regional Authorities (CLRAE),
The Ministry of European Integration of Croatia,
and the Committee of Regions of the European Union

LIST OF PARTICIPANTS / LISTE DES PARTICIPANTSCROATIA - GOVERNMENT REPRESENTATIVES / OTHER PERSONALITIES /

CROATIE – REPRESENTANTS DU GOUVERNEMENT / AUTRES PERSONALITES

JAKOVCIC, Minister of European Integration of Croatia

STRUGAR, Vladimir, Minister of Education and Sport of Croatia

PRELOG, Nenad, Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia

SOSIC, Lido, Mayor of the City of Rovinj, Croatia, P.zza / Trg Matteotti, 2, 52210 ROVINJ, Tel: +385 52 811 444 / +385 52 811 578 Fax: +385 52 830 343

ZILLI, Silvano, Head of Istria County Administrative Department for Italian National Community and Other Ethnic Groups, Croatia, P.zza / Trg Matteotti, 2, 52210 ROVINJ, Tel: +385 52 811 444 / +385 52 811 578 / 099-219 505 Fax: +385 52 830 343 / 052 83 343, e-mail: zilli@rovinj.net / zilli@rovigno.net

PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE/
ASSEMBLEE PARLEMENTAIRE DU CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

RUSSELL-JOHNSTON, Lord, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Avenue de l’Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG, tel: +33 388 41 20 94, Fax: +33 388 41 27 96

MEMBERS OF THE CLRAE / MEMBRES DU CPLRE

CUATRECASAS, Llibert, President of the CLRAE, Generalitat de Catalunya - Conseil de l'Europe, Placa de Sant Jaume 4, 08002 BARCELONA, SPAIN, Tel.: +34 93 304 39 80, Fax:+34 93 402 46 3, e-mail: mcanals@governacio-ri.gencat.es

VAN STAA, Herwig, President Of The Chamber Of Local Authorities of Europe, Member of CLRAE, Stadtmagistrat, 6010 INNSBRUCK, Tel. +43 512 5360 1162, Fax: +43 512 567326, e-mail: h.vanstaa@magibk.at

BERNAT, Stanislav, Mayor of Martin, Nam S.H., Vajanskeho 1, 03649 MARTIN

BUCCI, Moreno, President of Circoscrizione, Viareggio nuova, Piazza Buonconsiglio 1, 55409 VIAREGGIO, Tel: +39 0584 952 182, Fax: +39 0584 942182

DEMINE, Andrei, Mayor of Petrozavodsk, City Hall, 2, Lenin Str., 185630 PETROZAVODSK, Republic of Karelia, Russian Federation, Tel: +7 8142 784947, Fax: +7 8142 784947, e-mail: mayor@ptz.ru

ISMAILI, Murtezan, Mayor of Tetovo, ul. “JNA”, bb TETOVO

LUND, Helene (see Committee of Regions)

PECAN, Breda, Mayor, Izola-Soncno Nabrezje, 8, 6310 IZOLA, Slovenia, Tel: +38 65 6600100, Fax: +38 65 66 110, e-mail: Breda.Pecan@izola.si

ROPPE, Louis, Président, Association of Cities and Towns of Flanders/Belgium, Kroonwinningstr. 7A, 3500 HASSELT, Belgium, Tel: +32 11870 880, Fax: +32 11870 881, e-mail: louis.roppe@compaqnet.be

STOECKLING Hans Ulrich, Member of CLRAE, State Advisor, Government of the State of St. Gallen, Erziehungsdepartement, Regierungsgebäude, 9001 ST. GALLEN, Tel: +41 71 229 3230, Fax: +41 71229 3990, e-mail: hans.ulrich.stoeckling@gov.sg.ch

COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION /
COMITE DES REGIONS DE L’UNION EUROPEEN

MEMBERS

PEIPONEN, Irma, First Vice-President, Finland

ADLER, Peter, Mitglied des AdR und Mitglied des sächsischen Landtags, Bernhard-von-Lindenau-Platz 1, 10167 DRESDEN, Tel: +49 0351 493 5254, Fax: +49 0351 493 5482, e-mail: elisabeth.krien@slt.sachsen.de

LUND Helene, Member of the CLRAE, Deputy-Mayor of Farum, National Association of Local Authorities In Denmark, Gyldenlouesgade II,1600 KOBENHAUN, DENMARK, Tel.: +45/ 33 70 34 77, Fax:+45/ 33 70 30 51, e-mail: helene.lund@post.tele.dk

MARKOGIANNAKI, Alexandra, Nomarchis Chanion, Odos Delfon/Makris Tichos, GR – Dimos Kidonias Chania, Tel.: + 30/821/33 222, e-mail: markoyanaki@esvservers.net

MURRAY, Seamus, European Alliance Group, Ireland

O NEACHTAIN, Sean, President of European Alliance Group, Ireland

PELLA, Roberto, Mayor of Valdengo and President of Biella Provincial Council, Italy

RIGAS, Panagiotis, Greece

TABAKIDIS, Nikolas, Greece, e-mail: ntabak@asda.gr

VLACHOS, Ioannis, Tel: +30 321 22766, Fax: +30 321 99830

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT / PARLEMENT EUROPEEN

ESTEVE I ABAD, Pere, Member of European Parliament, Rambla Catalunya, 47, pral 2a, 08007 BARCELONA, Tel: +34 93 215 58 48, Fax: +34 93 488 00 25, e-mail: FRTF@convergencia.org

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ANDORRA / ANDORRE

BESOLI, Carme, Conseillère Municipale, Parc de la Hola, ESCALDES-ENGARDARY, Tel : +376 890 890, Fax : +376 890 886, e-mail : communsprinc.andorra@adorra.ad

MAS, Roma, Maire Adjoint D’Escaldes-Engordany, Parc de la Mola, ESCALDES-ENGORDANY, Tel : 376 869641, Fax : +376 869651, e-mail : comuns princ.andorra@andorra.ad

AUSTRIA / AUTRICHE

VAN STAA, Herwig (see CLRAE members)

BELARUS

KOLONTAI, ZOYA, Counsellor, Department Of European Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Lenin Street, 19, MINSK, Tel: +375 172 27 55 56, Fax: +375 172 27 45 21

BELGIUM / BELGIQUE

PERSOONS, Caroline, Membre du Parlement de la Communauté française, Parlement de la Communauté française, c/o Mme Ryelandt, Rue de la Loi, 6, 1012 BRUXELLES, Tel: +32 2 506 39 29 / +32 2 506 39 21, Fax: +32 2 506 38 53, e-mail: Ryelandt-N@pcf.be / RottiersM@pcf.be

ROPPE, Louis (see CLRAE members)

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA / BOSNIE-HERZEGOVINE

BESLAGIC, Selim, President of the Tuzla Canton, BiH, Slatina 2, 7, 75000 TUZLA,
Tel/Fax: +387 35 282 290 / 282 294, e-mail: predsjedmik@lz.kim.ba

CROATIA / CROATIE

ADAMIK, Anera, EYL National Coordinator for Croatia,Trpimirova 6/I, 51000 RIJEKA,
Tel: 051 217 121, Fax: 051 335 182

ADEMOLLO, Umberto, Vice-Delegate, Trg S. Zenon 4, 52474 BRTONIGLA/VERTENE

BELINA, Stanko, Deputy County Prefect, Magistratska 1, 49000 KRAPINA

BENJAK, Mirjana

BENUSSI, Maria

BLAGONI, Robert, Professor at the faculty of Philosophy, PULA

BOGLIUN-DEBELJUH, Loredana, Prima VicePresidente dell’Assemblea Regionale dell’Istria, Zupanija Istarska, Via dell’Istria, 2, Tel: +358 52 77 22 00, Fax: +358 52 77 21 18, e-mail: Ziri-Podzupanica@pu.tel.hr

BOROVECKI, Ivan

CRNIC-GROTIC, Vesna, Vice-President, Committee of Experts for the European Charter on Regional and Minority Languages, Faculty of Law Rijeka, ul. Hahlic 6, 51000 RIJEKA, Tel: 098 216 860, Fax: 051 675 121

DE PRATO, Stojan

FERNETICH, Tullio, Delegate – Local Democracy Embassy, Trg S. Zenon 4, 52474 BRTONIGLA/VERTENE

FERIC-VAC, Mirjana, Croatian Parliament

FORGIC, Sasa, Adviser, Osijek-Baranja County, Zupanjiska 4

GLAVINA, Jurica, Sudionik, Pujanke 65, 21000 SPLIT, Tel: 098 265 461, Fax: 021 316 084

GOTTLICHER, Jadranka, Adviser, Town Assembly Zagreb, Cirilmetodska 5

JAKIR, Nada, Secretary to the National Committee for EYL, Head of Department, Ministry of Education and Sports, Trg Hrvatskim Velikanag, 1000 ZAGREB,

JANKO, Petar

JANUSKA, Boris, Sudionik, Vukovarska 158, 21000 SPLIT, Tel: 091 533 4114, Fax: 021 316 084

JURISIC-RAVIC, Veronika, Member of National Committee for European Year of Languages, City Office for Education and Sport, Pu Novi Zagreb, Avenija Dubrovnik 12, 10020 ZAGREB, Tel : +383 1 6527 492, Fax : +385 6527 492

KARKOVIC, Nina, Direktor Nastave – Professor Taujansung, Vitecezieva 82, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +36 30 912/091/209 7004, Fax: +36 1 48115755, e-mail: nina.karkovic@sova.hr

KLARIC, Ivo

KOLARIC, Zdenko, Head of Administration Office, Zupanijska 9, Pozesko-Slavonska County, 34000 POZEGA, Tel: +385 34 272 668, Fax: +385 34 272 343, e-mail: zps-uo@po.tel.hr

KOLENKO, Gordana, Prof. Engleskog Jezika (English teacher), Zahradnikova 1, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 664 2224, Fax: +385 1 664 2002, e-mail: bhv@zg.tel.hr

KOSCEC, Vladimir, President of the Council for International Relations, Trg Krlja Tomislava 1, 42000 VARAZDIN

KUMAR, Giovanni

MALETA, Mario, Oxford University Press ELT Consultant, Croatia, Algoritam D.O.O., Harambasiceva 19, 10001ZG, Republika Hrvatska, Tel: +385 1 2359 303, Fax: +385 1 2335 955, e-mail: Mario.Maleta@Algoritam.hr

MANUCCI, Marina, Prof. Engleskog Jezika (English teacher), Brezovacka 21, 10415 NOVO CICE, Hrvatska, Tel: +385 1 6232 891, Fax: +385 1 6232 891, e-mail: marina.manucci@fpz.r

MARKETIN, Antonija, Junior Adviser, Ministry for Education and Sports, Trg Hrvatskim Velikanag, 1000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 4569 005, Fax: +385 1 4610 478, e-mail: antonija.marketin@mips.r

MARKOVIC, Milvija, Senior Adviser at the Ministry of Education and Sports, Badaliceva 24, 10000 ZAGREB

MATOSEVIC, Ivica

MATOSEVIC, Snjezana, Professional Adviser for Health, Labour and Social Welfare, Pozesko-Slavonska Eupanija County, Zupanijska 9, 3400 POZEGA, Tel: 034 272 668,
Fax: 034 272 343

MLADIC OBAD, Vlasta, Voditelj Centra za Ucenze Jezika, Ns “Dubrava“ (Director of „Dubrava“ Centre for Modern Languages, Makarska 16, 10040 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 2859 773, Fax: +385 1 2852 387, e-mail: ns-dub-jezici@zg.himet.hr

OLUJIC-DEGHENGHE, Elisabeth, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, PULA

PETERZANI, Gabriela, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, PULA

PIROVIC, Ana, Expert Adviser for Culture, Zupaniska 9, Pozesko-Slavonska County, 34000 POZEGA, Tel: +385 34 272 668, Fax: +385 34 272 343

PIRSL, Elvi, Professor at the Faculty of Philosophy, PULA

PLISKO, Lina, Professor atthe Faculty of Philosophy, PULA

POROPAT, Bruno

POTREBICA, Silva, Clan Poglavarstva Zupanlje Varazdinske, Matije Gupca 18, 42223 VARAZDINSKE TOPLICE, HRVATSKA, Tel: 042 630 206, Fax: 042 630 827

PRELOG, Nenad, Assistant to the minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, nenad.prelog@mvp.hr

RADE, Ante, Deputy County Prefect, Podzupan Bjelovarsko-Bilogorske Zupanie, BJ-Bil Zupania, A. Starcevica 8, 43000 BJELOVAR, Tel: +43 243 001, Fax: +43 244 683, e-mail: ante.rade@bj.linet.hr

SAFTICH, Dario, Novinar, Zvonimirova 20 a, 51000 RIJEKA, Tel: +385 051 672 107,
Fax: +385 051 672 112, e-mail: lavoce@edit.hr

SAMO, Renata, Professor at the faculty of Philosophy, PULA

SCHROEN, Michael, Head of Language Department, Goethe-Institut, Ul. Grada Vukovara, 10000 Zagreb, Tel: +385 1 6195000, Fax: +385 1 6195025

SCOTTI JURIC, Rita

SIMAT, Dinka, Junior Adviser, Department for Education and Training, Ministry for European Integration, Vukovarska 62, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: 01 6303 147, Fax: 01 6303 183

SIMUNOVEC, Branimir, Member of the Council for European Integration, 53000 GOSPIC

SOSIC, Mario

STIFANICH DOBRILOVIC, Nadia, Local Assistant, Trg S. Zenon 4, 52474 BRTONIGLA/VERTENE

TVRTKOVIC, Sandra, Adviser, Department for Education, Ministry for European Integration, Vukovarska 62, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +3851 4569341, Fax: +385 1 6303183

USCUMLIC, Danica, Teacher, Zeleni dol 21, 10000 ZAGREB

VASILJECVIC, Ratko, BHV – General Manager, Zahradnikova 1, 1000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 098 214 444, Fax: +385 ?? 664 2002, e-mail: bhv@zg.tel.hr

VIDOVIC, Boris, Principal of Pujanke Elementary School, Tijardoviceva 30, 21000 SPLIT, Tel: +385 21 377132, e-mail: bvidovic@pujanke.hr

VILKE, Mirjana, Svevcilisni Professor – Predavic na konf., Rendiceva 23, 1000 ZAGREB,
Tel: +385 2305 574, e-mail: mirjana.vilke@zg.tel.hr

VLACIC, Emilio

VRHOVAC, Yvonne, Professor, Hebrangova 4, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 48 17 027,
e-mail: yvorhovac@iridis.com

VSCUMLIC, Danica, Prof. Noem Jezika & Mentor 2A, Noemacki, Zeleni Dol 21, 1000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 2077 002 / +385 1 2430 447, Fax: +385 1 4811575

ZAMOLA, Danijela, Savjetnica v Odjelv 2A, Medunargonu Svradnju, Adviser for International Cooperation, Ministry of Culture, TRG Hrvatskih Velikana 6, 1000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 4569 022, Fax: +385 1 4569 095, e-mail: danijela.zamola@min-kulture.hr

ZIVIC, Tihomir

ZIVKOVIC, Goran

ZORIC, Verica, Editor-Producer, Ljevak, Palmoticeva 30/1, 10000 ZAGREB

DENMARK / DANEMARK

LUND, Helene (see Committee of Regions)

FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA / REPUBLIQUE FEDERALE DE YOUGOSLAVIE

ANDJELKOVIC, Katarina, Head of Legal and Administrative Division, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Yugoslavia, Makedonska 22, 11000 BEOGRAD, Tel: +381 11 3223 446, Fax: +381 11 3221 227, e-mail: skgoj@eunet.yu

KEREKES, Aleksandar, Vice-President of the Executive Board of the Municipality of Subotica, TRG Slorode 1, 24000 SUBOTICA, Tel: +381 24 22 732, Fax: +381 24 25 755

VUKELIC, Zorica, Secretary, Committee for International Cooperation, Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities of Yugoslavia, 11000 BEOGRAD, 22 Makedonska Str., Tel: 381 11 3223 446, Fax: 381 11 3221 227, e-mail: skgoj@eunet.yu

FINLAND / FINLANDE

AIKIO, Pekka, President of the Sami Parliament

FRANCE

BRITTEN, Marie, Chargée de mission, Ministère de la Ville (Délégation Interministrielle à la ville), 194, Avenue du Président-Wilson, 93217 SAINT DENIS LA PLAINE CEDEX, Tel: 01 49 17 46 66, Fax: 01 49 17 46 94, e-mail: marie.britten@ville.gouv.fr

CANDIDE, Christine, Chargée de mission, Fonds d’Action Sociale pour les travailleurs immigrés et leurs familles (FAS), Direction de la Formation et de l’Emploi, 209, rue de Bercy, 75585 PARIS CEDEX 12, Tel: 01 40 02 77 09, Fax: 01 43 46 04 27, e-mail: n.boubaker@fastif.org

DIDELOT, Delphine, Responsible for European and International Relations, Conseil Régional Champagne

URBAN, Fred, Directeur de l’Institut du Bilinguisme, Strasbourg
GERMANY / ALLEMAGNE

ADLER, Peter, Mitglied des AdR und Mitglied des Sachsischen Landtags, Bernhard-von-Lindenau-Platz 1, 01067 DRESDEN, Tel. +49 03514935254, Fax. +49 03514935482, e-mail: elisabeth.krien@slt.sachsen.de

ENGEMANN, Christa, Ministry of Education of Baden-Württemberg, Schlossplatz 4, 70173 STUTTGART, Tel: +49 711 279 2564, Fax: +49 711 279 2840, e-mail: Christa.Engemann@km.kv.bwl.de

FIEDLER, Gerhard, Executive Director, Raimundistrasse 2 (Sprachverband), 55118 MAINZ, Tel: +49 6131 96444-0, Fax: +49 6131 9644444, e-mail: Gerhard.Fiedler@Sprachverband.de

LANG, Sigrun, Mayor of Baden-Baden, Marktplatz 2, 76530 BADEN-BADEN

HUNGARY / HONGRIE

BAKO, Judit, International Relations Officer, Kecskemet City Council, 1 Kossuth Ter, 6000 KECSKEMET, Tel: +36 76 483 683, Fax +36 76 481 457, e-mail: international@kecskemet.hu

BUDAI, Margo, International Relations Officer, Kecskemet City Council, 1 Kossuth Ter, 6000 KECSKEMET, Tel: +36 76 483 683, Fax. +36 76 481 457, e-mail: international@kecskemet.hu

GRUBER, Karoly, Head of Department, Department for Legal and Political Analysis, Government Office for Hungarian Minorities Abroad, Berc u. 13-15, P.O. Box 43, 1518 BUDAPEST, Tel: +36 301 20 27558, Fax: +36 1 372 9574, e-mail: Kgruber85@hotmail.com / Kgruber@kyum.hu

PALFI, Robert, International Relations Officer, Kossuth Ter 1, 6000 KECSKEMET

PILSITS, Maria, Mayor, Fö u. 15, 9495 KOPHAZA, Tel: +36 99 357550, Fax: +36 99 357 028

SZAUER, Agnes, Head of Department, Office for National and Ethnic Minorities, Pozsonyi ut 56, 1133 BUDAPEST, Tel: +36 1 237 4400, ext. 4220, Fax: +36 1 239 0009, e-mail: szauer@mail.datanet.hu

ZAKONYI, Botond, Political Officer of Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Rem Rampart 47, 1027 BUDAPEST, Tel: +36 1 485 1258, Fax: +36 1 202 0971, e-mail: Bzakonyi@kum.hv

IRELAND / IRLANDE

O’ RIAGAIN, Padraig, Research Professor, Linguistic Institute of Ireland, 31, Fitzwilliam Plance, DUBLIN 2, Tel: +353 1 676 5489, Fax: +353 1 661 0004

ITALY / ITALIE

BANCOD-MOGLIA, Sylvie, Responsable UNESCO, Vallée d’Aposte, Rue de Paris, 104, 11100 AOSTE, Tel : +39 0165 361611, Fax : +39 0165 236431

BUCCI, Moreno (see CLRAE members)

CANNAS, Lina, Dirigente Politiche Comunitarie (Director of Community Policies), Via Roma 25, 09125 CAGLIARI, Tel : +39 070 6014213, Fax : +39 070 663796, e-mail : linac@tin.it

CARBONI, Antonello, Secret. Partici. Presidente Consiglio (Secretary of the Regional Council Presidency), Via Roma 25, 09125 CAGLIARI, Tel : +39 070 66 2682, Fax : +39 070 620658, e-mail : Presidenzaconsiglio@tiscalinet.it

DEL MONTE, Gabriele, Assessore, Comune Di Pesaro (Administrator in municipality of Pesaro), L.Go Mamiani, 4, 61100 PESARO, Tel : +39 0721 387445 / 387550, Fax : +39 0721 387207, e-mail : G.delmonte@comune.pesaro.ps.it

GANGITANO-MOSCA, Adriana

GENNARI, Maria Pia, Assessore, Comune Di Pesaro (Associate in municipality of Pesaro), Via Guldubaldo Della Rouere, 13, 61100 PESARO, Tel : +39 0721 387 268 / 387218, Fax : +39 0721 387307

GYPPAZ GALBIATI, Isabella, Secretaire UNESCO, Vallee’ D’aposte, Via Deur Betuua 2/E, 11100 AOSTA, Tel : +39 0165 32445, Fax : +39 0165 236431, e-mail : L.Galbiati@netvallee.it

PERELLI, Alessandro, Funzionario Servizio Autonomo rapporti internazionali Regione Friuli v. Giulia (Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia, International Relations Department), Piazza Unita 1, 34121 TRIESTE, Tel: +39 040 377 3737, Fax: +39 040 377 3701, e-mail: sari@regione.fug.it

SERRENTI, Efisio, Presidente Del Consiglio Regione Sardegna (President of Regional Councill Presidency), Via Roma 25, 09125 CAGLIARI, Tel: +39 070 662 682, Fax: +39 070 670 658, e-mail: Presidenzaconsiglio@tiscalinet.it

LITHUANIA / LITUANIE

ZINGERIS, Emanuelis, Founder of the European Institute for dispersed ethnic minorities, Vilnius

THE FORMER YUGOSLAV REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA / L’EX REPUBLIQUE YUGOSLAVE DE MACEDOINE

ISMAILI, Murtezan (see CLRAE), Mayor of Tetovo, ul. “JNA”, bb TETOVO

NORWAY / NORVEGE

WRÄLSEN, Ase, County Commissioner for Education, Fylkeshuset, 8048 BODO, Tel: +47 7553 1220, Fax: +47 7553 1230, e-mail: aase.wraalsen@nordland-f.kommune.no

ROMANIA / ROUMANIE

CETEAN, Victor Doru, Vice-President of Huba County Council, 1 IIC Bratianu Square, 2500 ALBA IULIA, Tel: +40 58 811254, Fax: +40 58 813325

HOSSZU, Zoltan, County Councillor, 75 Revolutiei, 2900 ARAD, Tel: +40 57 211474 (281600, ext. 1604,1606), Fax: +40 57 250170, e-mail: euro@cjarad.ro / mihaela@cjarad.ro

JARCO, Simion, County Councillor, 75 Revolutiei, 2900 ARAD, Tel: +40 57 211474 (281600 ext. 1604, 1606), Fax: +40 57 250170, e-mail: euro@cjarad.ro / mihaela@cjarad.ro

KOBLE, Csaba, County Councillor – Auba County Council, 1 IIC Bratianu Square, 2500 ALBA IULIA, Tel: +40 58 811254, Fax: +40 58 813325

KOLUMBAN, Gabor, Expert, Member of County Council of Harghita, Morii Str., 20, 4150 ODORHEIU SECUIESC, Tel. +40 94 509678, Fax. +40 66 218244, e-mail: kolumban@movorg.mextra.ro

NECULAESCU, Sache, Conseiller Municipale, Rue Revolutiei nr. 1-3, 0200 TARGOVISTE,
Tel: +40 45 613920, fax: +40 45 217 951, e-mail: primariatgv@romwest.ro

PAUNESCU, Gavriel, Conseiller de Maire, Rue Revolutiei nr. 1-3, 0200 TARGOVISTE,
Tel: +40 45 613 928, Fax: +40 45 217951, e-mail: primariatgv@romwest.ro

PREDA, Ion, Membre du Conseil Departemental de Prahova, nr 2-4, Rue Republicii, 2000 PLOIESTI, Tel: +40 44 146407, Fax: +40 44 115816, e-mail: euro_cjp@interplus.ro

STANESCU, Mihaela, Director, Department of External Relations, Bd. Revolutiei nr. 75, 2900 ARAD, Tel: +40 57 281719, Fax: +40 57 250170, e-mail: mihaela@cjarad.ro

RUSSIAN FEDERATION / FEDERATION DE RUSSIE

ASLANOV, Irek, Head of Department, City Hall of Kazan, 1, Krein Levskaya Str. Kazan, 420014 KAZAN, Republic of Tatarstan, Tel: +7 8432 92 87 01, Fax: +7 8432 92 95 55

DEMINE, ANDREI (see CLRAE members)

KHRUSHLOV, Georgy, Researcher, Language Teacher, Pushkine Institute of Russian Language, ul. Profsoyuznaya, 115-2-518, 117647 MOSCOW, Tel. +7 095 4205561, Fax. +7 095 3308565, e-mail: geohruzl@online.ru

ROUMIANTSEVA, Marina, Linguistic Assistant, City Hall, 2 Lenin Str., 185630 PETROZAVODSK, Republic of Karelia, Tel: +7 8142 766076, Fx: +7 8142 784947, e-mail: mayor@ptz.ru

SLOVENIA / SLOVENIE

SAU, Silvano, Vice Mayor, Izola, Soncno Nabrezje 8, 6310 IZOLA, Tel: +38 65 6600 100, Fax: +38 65 66 110

PECAN, Breda, Slovenia (see CLRAE members)

SPAIN / ESPAGNE

CUATRECASAS, Llibert (see CLRAE members)

PORTELLA COLL, Josep, Diputat Parlament Illes Balears, C. Conquistador, 11, 07001 PALMA, Tel: +34 971 29 55, Fax: +34 971 71 82 01, e-mail: jmunar.protocol@parlamentib.es

SWITZERLAND / SUISSE

BUECHI, Christophe, Avenue du Chateau, 72, CP 44, 1008 PRILLY, Tel: (mobile) 079 332 34 38, e-mail: christophe.buechi@span.ch

DE ARANJO, Cynthia

LIARDET, Jean-Paul, Ch. Du Sous-Bois 5, 1172 BOUGY-VILLARS, Tel/Fax: +41 21 808 60 36, e-mail: jpliardet@dplanet.ch

RICQ-CHAPPUIS, Charles, Directeur, Centre d’Observation Européen des Régions (C.O.E.U.R.), Villa “Regions d’Europe“, Chemin de la Renardière, 1272 GENOLIER, Tel: +41 22 366 40 66, Fax: +41 22 366 40 65, e-mail: coeur.ricq@span.ch

STÖCKLING, Hans Ulrich (see CLRAE members)

UKRAINE

PITTSYK, Myrosklav, Vice-President of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, 4 Esplanadna Str., Of. 709, 01023 KYIV, Tel: +38 044 227 0111, Fax: +38 044 227 55 27, e-mail: Inter@auc.org.ua

TOMNIUK, Olena, International Relations Coordinator of the Association of Ukrainian Cities, 4 Esplanadr STr., Of. 709, 01023 KYIV, Tel: +38 044 227 0111, Fax: +38 044 227 55 27, e-mail: Inter@auc.org.ua

UNITED KINGDOM/ ROYAUME-UNI

CLAY, Mark, Senior Youth Worker, Greenwich Young People’s Council, 2nd Floor, Clockhouse, Defiance Walk, LONDON SE18 5QL, Tel: +44 0208 855 4888, Fax: +44 0208 855 6550, e-mail: mcgypc@talk21.Com

KNIGHT, Melissa

TRIM, John, Consultant, 53, Barrow Road, CAMBRIDGE CB2 2AR, Tel/Fax: +44 1223 562650, e-mail: trim@globalnet.co.uk

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NGO / ONG

BREZIGAR, Bojan, President of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages, Dublin Office, Sraid Haiste Iocht 10, Baile Atha Claith 2

COUNCIL OF EUROPE / CONSEIL DE L’EUROPE

Congress Secretariat / Secretariat du Congrès

BOHNER Ulrich , Deputy-Head of the Congress Secretariat, Conseil de l'Europe, Avenue de l'Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, FRANCE, Tel.: +33/ 388 412248, Fax:+33/ 388 41 3747 / 2751, e-mail: ulrich.bohner@coe.int

CHAUVET Jean-Paul, Principal Administrator, Conseil de l'Europe, Avenue de l'Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, France, Tel.: +33/ 388 412064, Fax:+33/ 388 41 3747 / 2751,
e-mail: jean-paul.chauvet@coe.int

KOPACI-DI MICHELE, Liri, Administrator, Conseil de l’Europe, Avenue de l’Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, France, Tel. +33/ 388 41 2258, Fax. +33 3/88 41 3747 / 2751

SCHANDENÉ Martine , Assistant, Conseil de l'Europe, Avenue de l'Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, France, Tel.: +33/ 388 41 2248, Fax:+33/ 388 413747,
e-mail: martine.schandene@coe.int

CALVELEY, Lisa, Assistant, Conseil de l’Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, France
Tel : +33/ 390 21 40 64, Fax : +33/ 388 41 27 51, e-mail : Lisa.Calveley@coe.int

Modern Languages Division / Division des langues vivantes

ORGEL MATKOVIC, Alida, Coordinator, “European Year of Languages 2001, Conseil de l’Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, Tel: +33 390 21 49 54, Fax: +33 388 41 27 88,
e-mail: Alida.Matkovic@coe.int

European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe / Centre européen des langues vivantes du Conseil de l’Europe

LEFRANC, Michel, Executive Director of the European Centre for Modern Languages of the Council of Europe, Nikolaiplat z 4, 8020 Graz, Tel. +43 316 32 35 54, Fax. +43 316 32 35 544, e-mail: michel.lefranc@ecml.at

Cabinet of the Parliamentary Assembly / Cabinet de l’Assemblée parlementaire

GRUDEN, Matjaz, Chef de Cabinet Adjoint, Conseil de l’Europe, 67075 STRASBOURG CEDEX, Tel/ +33 3 8841 21 18, Fax : +33 3 8841 27 96, e-mail : matjaz.gruden@coe.int

EUROPEAN COMMISSION / COMMISSION EUROPEENNE

Directorate-General for Education and Culture / Direction générale de l’éducation et de la culture

MACPHEAL, Alistair, Administrator

Secretariat of the Committee of the Regions / Secrétariat du Comité des Régions

ILLEBORG, Steen, Head of Unit, Rue Montoyer 92-102, 1000 BRUSSELS, Tel: +32 02 282 21 84, Fax: +32 02 282 20 72, e-mail: Steen.illeborg@cor.eu.int

BEN DAOUD, Maria, Secretariat, Commission 7, Rue Montoyer 92-102, 1000 Brussels

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CROATIAN MINISTRY OF EUROPEAN INTEGRATION / MINISTERE DE L’INTEGRATION EUROPEENNE DE CROATIE

GORAN, Petra, Adviser, Department for Education, Ministry for European Integration, Vukovarska 62, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 6303 165, Fax: +385 1 6303 183, e-mail: Petra.Goran@mei.hr

BOROVAC, Zvjezdana, Secretary, Ministry for European Integration, Vukovarska 62, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 6303 150, Fax: +385 1 6303 182, e-mail: Zvjezdana.Borovac@mei.hr

HORVAT, Mirjana, Secretary, Ministry for European Integration, Vukovarska 62, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 6303 151, Fax: +385 1 6303 182, e-mail: Mirjana.Horvat@mei.hr

MAHECIC, Ida, Junior Adviser, Department for Information, Ul. grada Vukovara 62, Ministry for European Integration, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 6303 157, Fax: +385 1 6303 183, e-mail: ida.mahecic@mei.hr

SIMAT, Dinka, Junior Adviser, Department for Education and Training, Ul.grada Vukovara 62, 10000 ZAGREB, tel. 385 1 6303 147, e-mail: dinka.simat@mei.hr

SVIRCEVIC, Tia Maria, Information Department, Ministry for European Integration, Ul.grada Vukovara 62, 10000 ZAGREB, Tel: +385 1 370 7258, Fax: +385 1 3707 258, e-mail: fihomina-maria.svircevic@zg.tel.hr

TVRTKOVIC, Sandra, Adviser, Department for Education and Training, Ul.grada Vukovara 62, 10000 ZAGREB, tel. + 385 1 4569 341, e-mail: sandra.tvrtkovic@mei.hr

1 Doc. CG/CULT (8) 13.
2 These recommendations and the reports by the Committee of Experts can be consulted on website http://www.coe.int/local

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