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Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in 2009

Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in 2009 Vesna Crnić-Grotić * Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in 2009 I. Introduction In 2009 the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (hereinafter “the Charter”) continued with its monitoring of state reports in accordance with Article 16 of the Charter. During that period the number of state parties increased by one, Poland, bringing the total to twenty-four. Th e acceptance of the Charter by member states of the Council of Europe continues to be very slow, despite their declaratory commitment to protect minority languages. Th e Committee of Experts examines reports submitted by state parties and pre- pares its own reports on implementation of the Charter in the respective countries. It means that the whole process of monitoring depends on that initial step. However, a worrying trend can be observed recently that more and more state parties are late in submitting their periodical reports to the Secretary General in accordance with Article 15 of the Charter. Th is makes the work of the Committee of Experts diffi cult and causes delays. Th e Committee submits its evaluation reports to the Committee of * Vice-President and Member http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in 2009

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Brill
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2211-6117
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Vesna Crnić-Grotić * Developments in the Field of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages in 2009 I. Introduction In 2009 the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (hereinafter “the Charter”) continued with its monitoring of state reports in accordance with Article 16 of the Charter. During that period the number of state parties increased by one, Poland, bringing the total to twenty-four. Th e acceptance of the Charter by member states of the Council of Europe continues to be very slow, despite their declaratory commitment to protect minority languages. Th e Committee of Experts examines reports submitted by state parties and pre- pares its own reports on implementation of the Charter in the respective countries. It means that the whole process of monitoring depends on that initial step. However, a worrying trend can be observed recently that more and more state parties are late in submitting their periodical reports to the Secretary General in accordance with Article 15 of the Charter. Th is makes the work of the Committee of Experts diffi cult and causes delays. Th e Committee submits its evaluation reports to the Committee of * Vice-President and Member

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Feb 9, 2011

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