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The FUEN Assembly of Delegates demands in resolution EU Treaty change to include minority protection as an unambiguous competence

This was an extraordinary period which required extraordinary efforts and flexibility in our organisation – said in his annual report FUEN President Loránt Vincze at the FUEN Assembly of Delegates 2021 on Saturday in Trieste/Trst, Italy. Vice Presidents Gösta Toft, Vladimir Ham, Angelika Mlinar, Halit Habip Oglu, Bahne Bahnsen, Daniel Alfreider and YEN President Andor Barabás presented their activity reports to the Assembly. Secretary General Éva Pénzes praised the FUEN team for their successful efforts in reshaping the organisation’s activities, the Presidium members for the good collaboration and also thanked the member organisations and the organisers of the Congress.

The speakers of the working groups also presented their activity reports, Bahne Bahnsen presented the Financial Report, while the MSPI legal expert Thomas Hieber talked about the reasons why the Citizens’ Committee and FUEN applied for the annulment of the European Commission’s decision on the Minority SafePack Initiative.

Statutes

A series of amendments to the FUEN Statutes were voted on. Taking into account the original version and its content, the statutes were updated and the role of the Presidium, the President, the Secretary General and the conditions of membership and the Rules of Procedure were clarified.

Resolutions

At the Assembly, a Main Resolution was adopted on the future of autochthonous national and linguistic minorities in the European Union. Welcoming the Conference on the Future of Europe as a much-needed process of participatory democracy and reiterating its strong disappointment regarding the European Commission’s dismissal of the Minority SafePack European Citizens’ Initiative, the resolution asks the Conference on the Future  of Europe to expressly include in the Treaties of the European Union the protection of national and linguistic minorities and their cultures and languages as an unambiguous competence and obligation for the EU and also that the respect of the Copenhagen Criteria is not limited to accession countries but is an obligation for all Member States. The document calls on the European Commission for a set of measures, some of them being:

  • To fully incorporate the monitoring of the situation of national and linguistic minorities within its rule-of-law mechanism;
  • to draw up, in line with the request of the European Parliament a common framework of EU minimum standards for the protection of rights of persons belonging to minorities, which are strongly embedded in a legal framework guaranteeing democracy, the rule of law and fundamental rights throughout the EU;
  • to initiate and engage in a mutually reinforcing cooperation with the Council of Europe in the area of protecting the rights of national and linguistic minorities,
  • to take urgent action for the protection of the EU’s endangered minority languages
  • to issue a strategy for the protection of its citizens belonging to national and linguistic minorities

The full resolution can be downloaded HERE.

Five resolutions initiated by FUEN Member Organisations were also adopted:

  • a Resolution on the situation of the Rhodes, Kos and Dodecanese Turks,
  • a Resolution on the Violations by Greece of the Right to Freedom of Association of the Turkish Minority of Western Thrace,
  • a Resolution on the Recognition of the Carpatho-Rusyns/Ruthenians as an autochthonous national minority in the Ukraine,
  • a Resolution on the closure of Russian Schools in Estonia and the imprisonment of human rights activist Sergei Seredenko
  • a Resolution condemning police violence against Roma.

 

New members

"Welcome to the FUEN family" was the message for two new member organisations: the Italian Union (Unione Italiana), which represents Italians in Slovenia and Croatia, and the Democratic Union of Tatars from Romania.

The Italian Union represents the political, economic, cultural and social needs of the Italian community in Slovenia, where its members live along the Adriatic coast in Slovenian Istria, and in Croatia, where Italians from the Istrian peninsula, Dalmatia and Slavonia reside. The Italian Union has 31,922 members, of which 3254 are in Slovenia and 28,668 in Croatia.

The Democratic Union of Tatars (UDT) aims to promote, preserve and develop the Turkish Tatar identity of its members in Romania and to promote it as an integral part of Romanian national culture. The organisation has 5600 members.

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