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Living Diversity Newsletter No11

This is the latest news letter from Living Diversity with a number of articles of interest to Cornish campaigners. Why not sign up on the Living Diversity website and be put on their mailing list.

In May 2006 the Brussels-Project was initiated by the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and the Youth of European Nationalities (YEN), together with a number of member organisations. The project aims to improve the political participation of the two biggest minority-umbrella organisations on European level. This goal is to be reached by directly being present at the main decision makers and institutions and by participation in all relevant politic fields. The long-term goal is to establish a permanent representation in Brussels.

FUEN demands active language policy from the EU-Commission

Three Members of the European Parliament - Michl Ebner, Kinga Gal und Hubert Pirker - have addressed the EU-Commissioner for multilingualism, Leonard Orban, with enquiries referring to the FUEN language resolution from Tallinn.

FUEN desires Sub-committee for minority questions within the NGO's work in the Council of Europe

In a letter to the chairman of the INGO-co-operation of the Council of Europe, Annelise Oeschger, FUEN-President Hans Heinrich Hansen emphasises the importance of the minority work within the Council of Europe.

FUEN establishes language network - Bozen agrees to finance

The FUEN presented the plans for a European language network in South Tyrol, which is to support particularly the small- and smallest languages of Europe. With the motto "Learning from the smallest" an application to the EU-Commission will be handed in. The Provincial Prime Minister of South Tyrol declared himself prepared to co-finance the network substantially.

Fundamental Rights Agency now includes minority focus

The work programme of the new European Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna was lacking any sort of reference to the autochthonous minorities and linguistic diversity in their draft from the EU-Commission. The presidents of the FUEN and the YEN have addressed the European Parliament in a letter.

New FUEN internet portal opened
In co-operation with the German Home Office the FUEN has opened an internet portal. The portal communicates information about German minorities and populations in 24 states in Europe and Central Asia. The extension of an overview of further non-German European minorities is planned.

Summit meeting between the FUEN and the EBLUL

The Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and the European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages (EBLUL) met for a "Summit meeting". The dialogue centered on possible co-operations between the two European umbrella organisations - particularly within language promotion and language policy.

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