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The European Union and Minorities in 2010: A Renewed Commitment?

The European Union and Minorities in 2010: A Renewed Commitment? Gabriel N. Toggenburg and Karen McLaughlin* I. Introduction The year 2010 marked the beginning of the post-Lisbon era in the European Union. This new era also witnessed a new dawn in the area of minority protection because the Treaty of Lisbon gave life to some remarkable new references to minorities in EU primary law.1 This change confirms an increasing `internalization' of a topic that was mainly reserved for addressing states that were not (yet) member states of the EU, particularly during the enlargement phases.2 However, the protection of minorities is becoming increasingly as relevant within the 27 EU member states as it is externally. It is therefore important to look at the EU's activities with regard to minorities. This is done here for the reporting period from 1 January to 31 December 2010. Part II is focused on the internal dimension, whereas part III documents efforts to protect minorities in the external sphere. Gabriel N. Toggenburg is a Project Manager (Legal Research) at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and Karen McLaughlin has been a trainee at the FRA. All the views expressed here are entirely personal and can in no way be attributed to the FRA. For http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The European Union and Minorities in 2010: A Renewed Commitment?

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright 2012 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1570-7865
eISSN
2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/22116117-90000186
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Abstract

Gabriel N. Toggenburg and Karen McLaughlin* I. Introduction The year 2010 marked the beginning of the post-Lisbon era in the European Union. This new era also witnessed a new dawn in the area of minority protection because the Treaty of Lisbon gave life to some remarkable new references to minorities in EU primary law.1 This change confirms an increasing `internalization' of a topic that was mainly reserved for addressing states that were not (yet) member states of the EU, particularly during the enlargement phases.2 However, the protection of minorities is becoming increasingly as relevant within the 27 EU member states as it is externally. It is therefore important to look at the EU's activities with regard to minorities. This is done here for the reporting period from 1 January to 31 December 2010. Part II is focused on the internal dimension, whereas part III documents efforts to protect minorities in the external sphere. Gabriel N. Toggenburg is a Project Manager (Legal Research) at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) and Karen McLaughlin has been a trainee at the FRA. All the views expressed here are entirely personal and can in no way be attributed to the FRA. For

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European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2012

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