Save the date: Conference on the rights of national minorities on June 29, 2021


In the framework of the Hungarian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers, Hungary and the Council of Europe are organizing a conference on “Council of Europe norms and standards on the rights of national minorities: Results and challenges”.

Since the early 1990s, Hungary has supported the efforts of the Council of Europe to develop international legal standards for the protection of national minorities. These efforts ultimately led to the adoption of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. The Hungarian Chairmanship wishes to underline, through a series of events, the unique role of the Council of Europe in the protection of national minorities as the main human rights organization on the continent.

The opening conference of this series on 29 June 2021 is devoted to the normative framework of the Council of Europe in the field of national minorities. It aims to assess achievements and identify remaining challenges in the field of minority rights protection in Europe. During three round tables, the speakers will discuss the functioning of the Council of Europe’s protection mechanisms for national minorities from different angles and take stock of the reform processes launched by the Croatian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers in 2018.

The conference will be opened by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and Gergely Gulyás, Minister, Head of the Cabinet of the Prime Minister of Hungary. Other speakers include Dunja Mijatović, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Ivana Jelić, judge at the European Court of Human Rights, members of the Parliamentary Assembly and monitoring committees of the the Framework Convention and the Language Charter, as well as representatives of the Council of the Member States of Europe.

For more information, please visit the conference website, where you will also find the program. The link to follow the live broadcast of the conference will be available on the website shortly.