Wouter Pas* In this short overview we will highlight some recent legal developments in Belgian constitutional law. These developments relate to the reform of the institutions, in particular the Brussels institutions, as well as to the implementation of linguistic legislation. All these developments take place in the context of Belgium's decision on whether to ratify the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. I. Introduction Addressing recent developments in the field of minority protection in Belgium immediately raises the question of which groups can be considered minorities. The issue of definition and delimitation of minorities is very closely linked to the debate on the possible ratification of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (hereinafter "Framework Convention"). The Framework Convention was signed by the Belgian State in , as one element of a larger political agreement (the so-called "Lambermont Agreement") concerning the amendment of the rules of Belgian federalism. To its signature, Belgium added a reservation stating inter alia that "the notion of national minority will be defined by the inter-ministerial conference of foreign policy".1 A definition of `national minority' has not yet been provided by this inter-ministerial conference because of the diverging viewpoints of
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2005
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