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13.9.09

Study Session on “old” and “new” minorities a success

Taken from the website for the Youth of European Nationalities.

In cooperation with the Council of Europe, the Working Group on Politics of the Youth of European Nationalities (YEN) organised a study session on the subject of “old” and “new” minorities. The aim was to explore the differences and similarities between autochthonous, national minorities and the new minorities and to elaborate a recommendation on the basis of which YEN can continue its decision building process.

Roberta Medda-Windischer from the European Academy Bozen/Bolzano, who is author of the book “Old and New Minorities: Reconciling Diversity and Cohesion: a Human Rights Model for Minority Integration”, was invited as an experts and gave an introduction to the subject. Additionally the participants listened to Nicola Markesgoerlach from the Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, who gave an overview about the legal situation in regard to the protection of “old” minorities.

22 Young participants discussed in the European Youth Centre of the Council of Europe about the problems and challenges minorities have to face and explored which of those apply both to “old” as well as to “new” minorities. The second step was to elaborate possible solutions for the challenges that had been found.

The question how YEN could integrate “new” minorities in its work was ardently discussed and the results were included in the recommendation. It is now up to the Working Group (WG) on Politics, the board and the member organisations to take the next steps and to implement the recommendations.

For planning and organising the following team has been responsible: Frank de Boer (project officer), Igor Guizzardi (commissioner for politics), Nadine Lyamouri-Bajja (Council of Europe), Diana Koreng (WG), Daniel Hegedüs (WG), Sebastian Seehauser (WG) – Thank you very much!

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