MINELRES: CoE FCNM: Advisory Committee visits The Netherlands
Mon Mar 2 18:11:42 2009
Original sender: Nicola Markes-Goerlach <Nicola.MARKES-GOERLACH@coe.int>
The Netherlands: visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework
Convention for the Protection of National Minorities
A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for
the Protection of National Minorities will visit the Netherlands from
25-27 February 2009 in the context of the monitoring of the
implementation of this convention by this country. The delegation will
visit Leeuwarden (Fryslan) as well as Utrecht, Amsterdam and the Hague.
This is the first visit of the Advisory Committee in the Netherlands:
the scope of application of the Framework Convention as well as the
measures taken to implement this Convention will be at the centre of the
The Delegation will have meetings with the representatives of all
relevant ministries as well as Provincial authorities. In addition to
contacts with public officials, the Delegation will also meet persons
belonging to national minorities and Human Rights NGOs.
The Delegation includes Mr Francesco Palermo (member elected in respect
of Italy), Mr Giorgi Meladze (member of the Advisory Committee elected
in respect of Georgia) and Ms Bohumila Ferencuhova (member elected in
respect of the Slovak Republic). They will be accompanied by Ms
Stephanie Marsal from the Secretariat.
Note: The Netherlands submitted its first State Report under the
Framework Convention in July 2008. Following its visit, the Advisory
Committee will adopt its own report (called Opinion) in the first
semester 2009, which will be sent to the Dutch Government for comments.
The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe will then adopt
conclusions and recommendations in respect of the Netherlands.
Council of Europe
Directorate General of Human Rights and Legal Affairs
Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National
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