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Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities of 1994 entered into force on 1 February 1998. Thirty-nine States are currently Party1 to it. Although not the only instrument to be developed within the Council of Europe relevant to the protection of national minorities, the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is certainly the most comprehensive document in this area. Indeed, it is the first ever legally binding multilateral instrument devoted to the protection of national minorities in general. The Framework Convention sets out principles to be respected as well as goals to be achieved by the Contracting Parties, in order to ensure the protection of persons belonging to national minorities, whilst fully respecting the principles of territorial integrity and political independence of States. The principles contained in the Framework Convention have to be implemented through national legislation and appropriate governmental policies. It is also envisaged that these provisions can be implemented through bilateral and multilateral treaties. Website: www.coe.int/minorities
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Comments of the Government of "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" on the Second Opinion of the Adivisory Committee on the Implementaion of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" (received on 5 September 2007)

9 July 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Second Opinion on "the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia", Adopted on 23 February 2007

9 July 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Second Opinion on Cyprus, Adopted on 7 June 2007

9 July 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Austria on the Second Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Austria (received on 26 October 2007)

11 June 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Second Opinion on Austria, Adopted on 8 June 2007

11 June 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Sweden on the Second Opinion of the Adivisory Committee on the Implementaion of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Sweden

17 April 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Second Opinion on Spain, Adopted on 22 February 2007

2 April 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Spain on the Second Opinion of the Adivisory Committee on the Implementaion of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Spain (received on 11 December 2007)

2 April 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities: Second Opinion on Sweden, Adopted on 8 November 2007

30 January 2008 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Second Report Submitted by Bulgaria Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

23 November 2007 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: States Parties Reports

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