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The Application of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Belgium: The Opinion of the European Commission for Democracy through Law

The Application of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in... The most significant work carried out by the European Commission for Democracy '%- through Law (Venice Commission) in the field of minority protection in the period under consideration is undoubtedly its opinion on 'Possible groups of persons to which the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (hereinafter 'the Framework Convention) could be applied in Belgium'.' When, in October 2001, the Venice Commission was asked by the Committee on legal affairs and human rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to give an opinion on this matter, the first thing which appeared necessary for it to determine with exactitude was what would be the object of the opinion. The Commission would then have to decide what kind of approach to take to this matter. As regards the object, the question, though seemingly presented in purely legal terms, was clearly intertwined with political arguments and had to be understood in the context of the debate raging in Belgium about whether the walloons (French-speaking Belgians) deserved any protection under the Framework Convention in addition to the one attached to their status as one of the three communities under the Belgian Constitution and rel- evant legislation.2 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The Application of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Belgium: The Opinion of the European Commission for Democracy through Law

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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2211-6117
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10.1163/221161103X00166
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Abstract

The most significant work carried out by the European Commission for Democracy '%- through Law (Venice Commission) in the field of minority protection in the period under consideration is undoubtedly its opinion on 'Possible groups of persons to which the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (hereinafter 'the Framework Convention) could be applied in Belgium'.' When, in October 2001, the Venice Commission was asked by the Committee on legal affairs and human rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to give an opinion on this matter, the first thing which appeared necessary for it to determine with exactitude was what would be the object of the opinion. The Commission would then have to decide what kind of approach to take to this matter. As regards the object, the question, though seemingly presented in purely legal terms, was clearly intertwined with political arguments and had to be understood in the context of the debate raging in Belgium about whether the walloons (French-speaking Belgians) deserved any protection under the Framework Convention in addition to the one attached to their status as one of the three communities under the Belgian Constitution and rel- evant legislation.2

Journal

European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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