MINELRES: Eurolang articles: 20 - 25 May 2005

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Tue May 31 07:54:41 2005


Original sender: Simone Klinge <SimoneKlinge@gmx.net>


Dear Madam/ Sir,

We include a brief summary of the latest articles published on Eurolang.


SCOTTISH GAELIC IN DECLINE IN RURAL AND URBAN STRONGHOLDS
Glaschu/Glasgow 5/25/2005 by Martainn MacLeđid
The position of Scottish Gaelic is weakening significantly in both town
and
country according to two newly released research papers.


NEW REPORT PROPOSES IMPROVED LANGUAGE RIGHTS FOR SWEDISH FINNS 
Stockholm 5/25/2005 by Paula Tapiola
A considerable improvement in the rights to use the Finnish language in
Sweden is on the way. An official report suggesting a creation of an
administrative area for the Swedish Finns in the area of M─lardalen was
published yesterday. This would mean a much stronger position for half
of the Finnish-speaking population in the country. 


SAMETINGET: HUNTING AND FISHING SAMI WIN MOST SEATS BUT NO OVERALL
MAJORITY
Stockholm 5/25/2005 by Paula Tapiola
The Hunting and the Fishing Sami Party (Jakt- och fiskesamerna) have won
the elections of the Sametinget, the Swedish Sami Parliament. The party
won three new seats in the Parliament, and has now a total of nine seats
on the 31-seat body. 


FUEN 50th CONGRESS IN BUCHAREST ENDORSES ROMANIAN ETHNIC MINORITY BILL
Bucharest 5/25/2005 by Óron BallĐ
The independent umbrella organisation of the ethnic minorities in
Europe, the Federative Union of European Nationalities (FUEN), held its
50th Congress in Bucharest earlier this month. 


5th PARTNERSHIP FOR DIVERSITY FORUM UNDERLINES ADDED VALUE OF
LESSER-USED LANGUAGES 
Gurize/ Gorizia/ Gorica/ GĂrz 5/24/2005 by Davyth Hicks
The 5th Partnership for Diversity (PfD) forum was held in Gorizia in the
multilingual region of Friuli over the weekend. The forum, which
facilitates the growth of trans-European partnerships, concentrated on
the added value and social capital benefits of lesser used languages.


EBLUL EXPANDS EASTWARDS TO ESTONIA
Gorica /Gorizia / Gurize/ GĂrz 5/24/2005 by Davyth Hicks
The European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) expanded eastwards
at the weekend with a new Estonian member state committee joining the
organisation. The Estonians were warmly welcomed at EBLUL-s Council
meeting held to coincide with the Partnership for Diversity forum in
Gorizia. 


THREATENED SORBIAN SCHOOLS IN SAXONY COULS SPELL DISASTER FOR THE
LANGUAGE  
GĂttingen 5/24/2005 by Simone Klinge
The Government of the Land of Saxony reached the decision last month not
to allow the creation of 5th classes, the youngest class in several
secondary schools age 10 v 16, in Upper Lusatia as of the coming school
year. The move threatens the provision of Sorbian medium education and
the Sorbian language regeneration effort. 


WELSH LANGUAGE SOCIETY WANTS NEW ACT TO HELP LOCALS BUY HOMES  
Penygroes 5/23/2005 by Dafydd Meirion
According to Cymdeithas yr Iaith Gymraeg (the Welsh Language Society),
it is essential to have a Property Act to alleviate the problem of a
lack of affordable houses in Welsh speaking areas. Recently, Cymdeithas
yr Iaith launched a public consultation period on the contents of its
Property Act policy document. 


COUNCIL OF EUROPE-S PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY CONSTITUTES SUB-COMMITTEE ON
RIGHTS OF MINORITIES 
GĂttingen 5/20/2005 by Simone Klinge
During the last session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
Europe (PACE) in Strasbourg in April, the Committee on Human Rights and
Legal Affairs established a sub-committee on the Rights of Minorities
that shall deal with all matters relating to the rights of national
minorities and other minorities. Eurolang spoke today to the newly
elected Chairman Mr Boriss Cilevics. 



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