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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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Advisory Commitee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities - Opinion on Bulgaria Adopted on 11 February 2014

30 July 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Bulgaria on the Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Bulgaria (received on 14 March 2005)

30 July 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Fourth Report Submitted by "The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia," Pursuant to Article 25, Paragraph 2 of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

15 July 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Serbia on the Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Serbia (received on 30 September 2009)

23 June 2014 | 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: Third Opinion on Serbia adopted on 28 November 2013

23 June 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Poland on the Third Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Poland

21 May 2014 | 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 Montenegro, adopted on 19 June 2013

24 February 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Montenegro on the First Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Montenegro (received on 24 February 2014)

24 February 2014 | 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 Latvia, adopted on 18 June 2013

3 January 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

Comments of the Government of Latvia on the First Opinion of the Advisory Committee on the Implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Latvia (received on 3 January 2014)

3 January 2014 | Publisher: Council of Europe: Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities | Document type: Country Reports

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