Regional Conference “Minority Protection in South East Europe”, Skopje, 26-27 November 2014

38263216200-2014-11-28(3) (5) small November 26-27 2014 – First regional Conference on “Minority Protection in South East Europe” was organized by Council of Europe on 26-27 November 2014 in Skopje, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Joint Council of Europe and European Union project “Promoting Human Rights and Minority Protection in South East Europe” is aimed to improve access to rights for minorities at various levels of government based upon Council of Europe standards in this field and in particular on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.
The Conference brought together the members of the Project’s Steering Committee, along with representatives of the 36 local self-governments from seven regional countries (Montenegro, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR Macedonia, Albania and Kosovo).
The Project includes a grants scheme to support selected municipalities in developing concrete responses to remove barriers to minority rights implementation at local level.
Within the oficial signing ceremony binding statement on the implementation of the small grants was signed by representatives of four municipalities in Montenegro:
– The Municipality of Bijelo Polje project ‘’ Bosniaks – constitutional and legal status of miniorities and developing adaptive model in the SEE countries’’ aimed to preserve identity, through the promotion and recognition of tradition, culture and customs of Bosniaks, as well as an affirmation of common values and traditions shared with the local majority population, as well as the active participation of the local government civil servants in the project.

– The Municipality of Plav project “Founding of the translation office” aimed to improve the work of municipal services by the establishment of the Office for translating the main municipal documents into the languages of ethnic minorities.
– The Municipality of Kotor project “Preserving the language of Croatian national miniorities – Magazine “HRVATSKI GLASNIK”, aimed to preserve memory on significant events and personalities from the rich cultural heritage of Croats in Montenegro.

– The Municipality of Tivat project “RE teaching assistant” aimed to improve the current situation and access to education of Egyptian and Roma children in Municipality of Tivat by engagement of teaching assistants in elementary school.

The First Regional Conference “Protection of Minorities in South East Europe” gathered representatives of the mentioned municipalities, as well as members of the Project Steering Committee from Montenegro:
– Mr. Refik Bojadžić, Secretary General of the Union of Municipalities of Montenegro and
– Mr.Leon Đokaj, Director General in the Ministry for Human and Minority Rights.