Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages

Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages The European Parliament Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages acts to promote awareness of traditional national and linguistic minority issues in Europe.
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Intergroup Co-Chairs

Kinga Gál (EPP)
Josep-Maria Terricabras (Greens/EFA)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE)

Intergroup Co-Chairs

Kinga Gál (EPP)
Josep-Maria Terricabras (Greens/EFA)
Nils Torvalds (ALDE)

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On the proposal of Co-Chair François Alfonsi (Officiel) the #MinorityIntergroup is discussing today the French Molac’s L...
08/07/2021

On the proposal of Co-Chair François Alfonsi (Officiel) the #MinorityIntergroup is discussing today the French Molac’s Law on the protection and promotion of the heritage of regional languages and on the decision of the French Constitutional Council to censor part of the law.

“A constitutional reform would be needed in order to protect in practice the transmission of local and regional languages through learning and teaching.” (François Alfonsi (Officiel)

The guest speaker is Paul Molac, Member of the Freedoms and Territories group in the French National Assembly. The Law on the promotion of regional languages, of which he is the author, was definitively voted by the French Parliament on 8 April 2021, before being censured by the Constitutional Council.

On the proposal of Co-Chair François Alfonsi (Officiel) the #MinorityIntergroup is discussing today the French Molac’s Law on the protection and promotion of the heritage of regional languages and on the decision of the French Constitutional Council to censor part of the law.

“A constitutional reform would be needed in order to protect in practice the transmission of local and regional languages through learning and teaching.” (François Alfonsi (Officiel)

The guest speaker is Paul Molac, Member of the Freedoms and Territories group in the French National Assembly. The Law on the promotion of regional languages, of which he is the author, was definitively voted by the French Parliament on 8 April 2021, before being censured by the Constitutional Council.

A high-level conference entitled ‘Council of Europe norms and standards on national minority rights: Results and challen...
29/06/2021

A high-level conference entitled ‘Council of Europe norms and standards on national minority rights: Results and challenges’ will be taking place today organised by the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of Europe.

Watch it live here starting at 9.00: https://www.coe.int/en/web/minorities/2021-the-council-of-europe-and-national-minority-rights

A high-level conference entitled ‘Council of Europe norms and standards on national minority rights: Results and challenges’ will be taking place today organised by the Hungarian Presidency of the Council of Europe.

Watch it live here starting at 9.00: https://www.coe.int/en/web/minorities/2021-the-council-of-europe-and-national-minority-rights

The second topic on our agenda today is the “Minet project” that was presented by its director Peter Paul Kainrath. Mine...
01/06/2021

The second topic on our agenda today is the “Minet project” that was presented by its director Peter Paul Kainrath. Minet Minderheitenmagazin, short for ‘minority network’, is a television series which was first broadcast on 2 June 2004. Today, more than hundred TV-series and single reports about different minorities and minority topics were produced, with the aim to do justice to the complexity of the term “minority” through the medium of television/internet and to illustrate its meaning in pictures from a non-political perspective.

The second topic on our agenda today is the “Minet project” that was presented by its director Peter Paul Kainrath. Minet Minderheitenmagazin, short for ‘minority network’, is a television series which was first broadcast on 2 June 2004. Today, more than hundred TV-series and single reports about different minorities and minority topics were produced, with the aim to do justice to the complexity of the term “minority” through the medium of television/internet and to illustrate its meaning in pictures from a non-political perspective.

The #MinorityIntergroup is holding its ordinary meeting today in the presence of Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the C...
01/06/2021

The #MinorityIntergroup is holding its ordinary meeting today in the presence of Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the Commission, Commissioner responsible for the Future of Europe Conference. The Members of the Intergroup are having a lively exchange with the Commissioner focusing on the exploration of possible cooperation in the framework of the Conference concerning rights of traditional national and linguistic minorities. The debate concentrates on how to best integrate issues concerning minority rights in the agenda of the Conference and to ensure equal participation for these 50 million citizens and their regions in the debate.

“I was looking forward to the exchange of views on the Conference on the Future of Europe with the Members of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages. We must keep citizens firmly placed at the center of our deliberations and thinking on it. The Conference offers us a unique opportunity and we, as their policy-makers and their representatives, should not lack confidence in the ability of citizens to contribute concretely. The Conference does not replace representative democracy. It reinforces it.”
Dubravka Suica, EU Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography.

The #MinorityIntergroup is holding its ordinary meeting today in the presence of Dubravka Suica, Vice-President of the Commission, Commissioner responsible for the Future of Europe Conference. The Members of the Intergroup are having a lively exchange with the Commissioner focusing on the exploration of possible cooperation in the framework of the Conference concerning rights of traditional national and linguistic minorities. The debate concentrates on how to best integrate issues concerning minority rights in the agenda of the Conference and to ensure equal participation for these 50 million citizens and their regions in the debate.

“I was looking forward to the exchange of views on the Conference on the Future of Europe with the Members of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages. We must keep citizens firmly placed at the center of our deliberations and thinking on it. The Conference offers us a unique opportunity and we, as their policy-makers and their representatives, should not lack confidence in the ability of citizens to contribute concretely. The Conference does not replace representative democracy. It reinforces it.”
Dubravka Suica, EU Commission Vice-President for Democracy and Demography.

„The Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities Must Be Ensured” - States High Representative BorrellPress relea...
11/05/2021

„The Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities Must Be Ensured” - States High Representative Borrell

Press release of MEP François Alfonsi (Officiel), MEP Gál Kinga and MEP Vincze Loránt - Co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, Communities and Languages

On the initiative of the Co-Chairs of the European Parliament’s #MinorityIntergroup, a letter signed by several Members of the European Parliament was addressed to Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the worrying situation of the Hungarian minority living in #ukraine. In its reply to the letter the High Representative states that the European Commission is aware of the situation and that the EU stresses the importance of the protection of rights belonging to national minorities in its bilateral relations with Ukraine.

The letter was initiated by the Co-Chairs of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, Communities and Languages after the case of the Hungarian minority community in Ukraine was discussed at the meeting of the Intergroup on the 25th March. The signatories of the letter expressed their deep concern regarding the evolvement of the situation and urged the High Representative to take immediate actions.

In its answer the High Representative states that the EU follows closely the developments in the country including the situation of minorities. He underlines: “The respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities, is a fundamental EU value. The rights already exercised of persons belonging to national minorities are protected under UN and Council of Europe conventions and related protocols. They must be ensured.” Furthermore, the EU stresses this message consistently in its bilateral contacts with the Ukrainian counterparts and encourages Ukraine to prepare the Law on Minorities in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

According to the High Representative, publication of personal data of thousands of persons - among many others of MEP Bocskor Andrea - without their consent is unacceptable and the EU continues to urge Ukraine to remove such content.

The Co-Chairs of the Intergroup welcome the concrete answers of the High Representative. The Minority Intergroup of the European Parliament will keep closely following the situation of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities in Ukraine. They firmly believe that such serious breaches of human rights go against international standards and agreements, therefore, these can be in no way tolerated in an associated country seeking increasingly close relationship with the European Union.

„The Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities Must Be Ensured” - States High Representative Borrell

Press release of MEP François Alfonsi (Officiel), MEP Gál Kinga and MEP Vincze Loránt - Co-chairs of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, Communities and Languages

On the initiative of the Co-Chairs of the European Parliament’s #MinorityIntergroup, a letter signed by several Members of the European Parliament was addressed to Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy on the worrying situation of the Hungarian minority living in #ukraine. In its reply to the letter the High Representative states that the European Commission is aware of the situation and that the EU stresses the importance of the protection of rights belonging to national minorities in its bilateral relations with Ukraine.

The letter was initiated by the Co-Chairs of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on Traditional Minorities, Communities and Languages after the case of the Hungarian minority community in Ukraine was discussed at the meeting of the Intergroup on the 25th March. The signatories of the letter expressed their deep concern regarding the evolvement of the situation and urged the High Representative to take immediate actions.

In its answer the High Representative states that the EU follows closely the developments in the country including the situation of minorities. He underlines: “The respect for human rights, including the rights of persons belonging to minorities, is a fundamental EU value. The rights already exercised of persons belonging to national minorities are protected under UN and Council of Europe conventions and related protocols. They must be ensured.” Furthermore, the EU stresses this message consistently in its bilateral contacts with the Ukrainian counterparts and encourages Ukraine to prepare the Law on Minorities in line with the recommendations of the Venice Commission.

According to the High Representative, publication of personal data of thousands of persons - among many others of MEP Bocskor Andrea - without their consent is unacceptable and the EU continues to urge Ukraine to remove such content.

The Co-Chairs of the Intergroup welcome the concrete answers of the High Representative. The Minority Intergroup of the European Parliament will keep closely following the situation of persons belonging to national and linguistic minorities in Ukraine. They firmly believe that such serious breaches of human rights go against international standards and agreements, therefore, these can be in no way tolerated in an associated country seeking increasingly close relationship with the European Union.

On the initiative of the Co-Chairs François Alfonsi (Officiel), Gál Kinga and Vincze Loránt, Members of the #MinorityInt...
16/04/2021

On the initiative of the Co-Chairs François Alfonsi (Officiel), Gál Kinga and Vincze Loránt, Members of the #MinorityIntergroup addressed a letter on the worrying situation of the Hungarian minority community in Ukraine to #highrepresentative Borrell and another to Ambassador of Ukraine to the EU Tochytskyi. You can read both letters below.

We are glad to share with you the news that out Intergroup held today its first regular meeting this year. As a first po...
25/03/2021

We are glad to share with you the news that out Intergroup held today its first regular meeting this year. As a first point on the agenda, Vincze Loránt, Co-Chair of the #MinorityIntergroup and President of FUEN - Federal Union of European Nationalities presented the current developments around the Minority SafePack. Our Members looked into ways how goals of this important #ECI could be realized in spite of the negative response of the European Commission and its lack of consideration for the voice of over 1.1 million signatory citizens.

As a concrete case-study, the situation of the Hungarian #minority community in #Ukraine was presented by Dr. Brenzovics László, President of the Cultural Alliance of Hungarians in Sub-Carpathia (KMKSZ - Kárpátaljai Magyar Kulturális Szövetség). The topic was added to the agenda on the proposal of MEP Bocskor Andrea, who was listed in last December on the “death-list” of the „Myrotvorets Centre” for standing up for the rights of the Hungarians in Sub-Carpathia. Kinga Gál MEP, Co-Chair of the Minority Intergroup, underlined that in the past few months concrete attacks have taken place and systematic provocations have intensified. Such actions go against the European aspirations of the country. François Alfonsi (Officiel) MEP, Co-Chair of the Minority Intergroup suggested to write a letter on the matter to the Ukrainian Embassy.

“The promotion and consolidation of human rights in the EU’s external action is an obligation under the Lisbon Treaty and the EU condemns all human rights violations, wherever they occur in the world, and calls on all states to respect, protect and fulfil the human rights of persons belonging to minorities, including national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, in accordance with applicable international norms and standards. The respect for rights already exercised by persons belonging to national minorities, non-discrimination of persons belonging to national minorities and respect for diversity as enshrined in United Nations and Council of Europe conventions and related protocols must be ensured. The EU emphasises this message consistently in various bilateral contacts with the Ukrainian counterparts and will continue to do so in the future.” (Official answer by the European Commission to Written Question no P-006618/2020)

The Co-Chairs of the European Parliament's #MinorityIntergroup turned to the President and Vice-President of the Europea...
19/01/2021

The Co-Chairs of the European Parliament's #MinorityIntergroup turned to the President and Vice-President of the European Commission in order to express their deep disappointment about the Commission's response to the Minority SafePack and its lack of consideration for the voice of over 1.1 million signatory citizens, its organizers and the European Parliament. The Open letter was signed by over 60 #MEPs.

'We believe that, contrary to the view expressed in the Communication of the European Commission regarding the Minority SafePack, legislation and policies already in place that it considers sufficient are not and do not effectively promote and protect national and linguistic minorities in Europe. We nevertheless hope that the Commission will correct this error in the future and give the Union’s national and linguistic minorities the attention they deserve. The #MinorityIntergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages will be the partner of the Commission in this.'

Co-Chairs of the #MinorityIntergroup
François Alfonsi (Officiel)
Kinga Gál
Vincze Loránt

Members of the European Parliament
Rasmus Andresen
Ara-Kovacs Attila
Pascal Arimont
Margrete Auken
Pernando Barrena Arza
Bilbao Barandica Izaskun
Benoît Biteau
Bocskor Andrea
Damian Boeselager
Patrick Breyer
Milan Brglez
Delara Burkhardt
Marco Campomenosi
Damien Carême
Cseh Katalin
Antoni Comin I Oliveres
David Cormand
Ignazio Corrao
Rosa D'Amato - Europarlamentare
Gwendoline Delbos Corfield
DELI Andor
Karima Delli
Deutsch Tamás
Dobrev Klára
Donáth Anna
Herbert Dorfmann
Claude Gruffat
Győri Enikő
Romeo Franz
András Gyürk
MEP Hannes Heide
Hidvéghi Balázs
Hölvényi György
Yannick Jadot
Łukasz Kohut
Ádám Kósa MEP
Ilhan Kyuchyuk
Elena Lizzi
Karen Melchior
Dr. Molnár Csaba
Niklas Nienaß
Clara Ponsati Obiols
Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó
Diana Riba I Giner
Michèle Rivasi
Rónai Sándor
Caroline Roose
Mounir Satouri
Günther Sidl
Ernő Schaller-Baross
Andreas Schieder
Helmut Scholz
Jordi Solé
Waldemar Tomaszewski / Valdemar Tomaševski
YanaToom.ee
Nils Torvalds
Tóth Edina
Marie Toussaint
Trócsányi László
Ujhelyi István dr.
Ernest Urtasun
Nikolaj Villumsen
Maria Walsh
Winkler Gyula
Salima Yenbou
Tatjana Ždanoka
Željana Zovko
Milan Zver

The Co-Chairs of the European Parliament's #MinorityIntergroup turned to the President and Vice-President of the Europea...
19/01/2021

The Co-Chairs of the European Parliament's #MinorityIntergroup turned to the President and Vice-President of the European Commission in order to express their deep disappointment about the Commission's response to the Minority SafePack and its lack of consideration for the voice of over 1.1 million signatory citizens, its organizers and the European Parliament. The Open letter was signed by over 60 #MEPs.

'We believe that, contrary to the view expressed in the Communication of the European Commission regarding the Minority SafePack, legislation and policies already in place that it considers sufficient are not and do not effectively promote and protect national and linguistic minorities in Europe. We nevertheless hope that the Commission will correct this error in the future and give the Union’s national and linguistic minorities the attention they deserve. The #MinorityIntergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages will be the partner of the Commission in this.'

Co-Chairs of the #MinorityIntergroup
François Alfonsi (Officiel)
Kinga Gál
Vincze Loránt

Members of the European Parliament
Rasmus Andresen
Pascal Arimont
Margrete Auken
Pernando Barrena Arza
Bilbao Barandica Izaskun
Benoît Biteau
Bocskor Andrea
Damian Boeselager
Patrick Breyer
Milan Brglez
Delara Burkhardt
Marco Campomenosi
Damien Carême
Cseh Katalin
Antoni Comin I Oliveres
David Cormand
Ignazio Corrao
Rosa D'Amato - Europarlamentare
Gwendoline Delbos Corfield
DELI Andor
Karima Delli
Deutsch Tamás
Donáth Anna
Herbert Dorfmann
Claude Gruffat
Győri Enikő
András Gyürk
MEP Hannes Heide
Hidvéghi Balázs
Hölvényi György
Yannick Jadot
Łukasz Kohut
Ádám Kósa MEP
Ilhan Kyuchyuk
Elena Lizzi
Karen Melchior
Niklas Nienaß
Clara Ponsati Obiols
Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó
Diana Riba I Giner
Michèle Rivasi
Caroline Roose
Mounir Satouri
Günther Sidl
Ernő Schaller-Baross
Andreas Schieder
Helmut Scholz
Jordi Solé
Waldemar Tomaszewski / Valdemar Tomaševski
YanaToom.ee
Nils Torvalds
Tóth Edina
Marie Toussaint
Trócsányi László
Ujhelyi István dr.
Ernest Urtasun
Nikolaj Villumsen
Maria Walsh
Winkler Gyula
Salima Yenbou
Tatjana Ždanoka
Željana Zovko
Milan Zver

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CONTACTS of the Co-Chairs of the Intergroup: MEP Kinga GÁL (EPP) - [email protected] MEP Lóránt VINCZE (EPP) - [email protected] MEP Francois ALFONSI (Greens/EFA) - [email protected]

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