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The European Union and Minorities in 2012

The European Union and Minorities in 2012 Zora Popova and Marianne Zeh* Although minority rights are not central to internal European Union (EU) political debates, 2012 marked significant progress both with regard to the internal and the external dimensions of majority­minority relations within the Union and beyond. A sign that the EU is shifting towards a more coherent and coordinated Roma policy was the call to Member States to develop and submit their National Strategies for Roma Integration (NRIS). At the level of external EU policy making, positive developments can be identified not only in the field of the political rhetoric and programming but also in the launching of action-oriented instruments. The introduction of the EU human rights `package', as a key element of EU external action, and direct references to minority rights in the respective policy and program documents, are changes with the potential to make a wider positive impact on minority rights protection. Although the establishment of the position of EU Special Representative for Human Rights (EUSR), assigned to contribute to the achievement of better cohesion between the internal and the external EU policies, is surely the key element of positive developments during the reported period, continuous institutional cooperation between EU and major http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online Brill

The European Union and Minorities in 2012

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© Copyright 2014 by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1570-7865
eISSN
2211-6117
DOI
10.1163/22116117-90110048
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Abstract

Zora Popova and Marianne Zeh* Although minority rights are not central to internal European Union (EU) political debates, 2012 marked significant progress both with regard to the internal and the external dimensions of majority­minority relations within the Union and beyond. A sign that the EU is shifting towards a more coherent and coordinated Roma policy was the call to Member States to develop and submit their National Strategies for Roma Integration (NRIS). At the level of external EU policy making, positive developments can be identified not only in the field of the political rhetoric and programming but also in the launching of action-oriented instruments. The introduction of the EU human rights `package', as a key element of EU external action, and direct references to minority rights in the respective policy and program documents, are changes with the potential to make a wider positive impact on minority rights protection. Although the establishment of the position of EU Special Representative for Human Rights (EUSR), assigned to contribute to the achievement of better cohesion between the internal and the external EU policies, is surely the key element of positive developments during the reported period, continuous institutional cooperation between EU and major

Journal

European Yearbook of Minority Issues OnlineBrill

Published: Nov 17, 2014

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