Building Bridges between East and West: ECMI Hosts a Delegation from Ukraine

Next week the ECMI will host a high-level delegation from Ukraine. The delegation will hold meetings with public officials in Berlin and Kiel, as well as meetings and discussions with local minority representatives in the Danish-German border region.

With the aim of transferring knowledge and sharing experiences between Germany and Ukraine, a delegation of six officials from the Ministries of Culture, Education and Science and Foreign Affairs, along with an official from the President’s Office of Ukraine, will visit Berlin, Kiel and Flensburg. The ECMI is organizing a study visit on Best Practices in Supporting Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Needs of Ethnic Groups in cooperation with the TAIEX Programme of the European Commission.

In Berlin, the delegation with meet the representatives of the Minority Secretariat and Mr. Hartmut Koschyk, Federal Commissioner for German Expellees and National Minorities. In Kiel the meetings and discussions will be organized with representatives of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Schleswig Holstein, as well as Mr. Johannes Callsen, Commissioner for National Minorities.

As one of the primary objectives of the visit is to learn from stakeholders about their experience and the impact of the implemented provisions in Schleswig-Holstein, the delegation will meet with representatives of local minority groups in the Danish-German border region and will exchange ideas on possible approaches and measures to integrate minority communities in decision-making processes on local and regional levels.

On Tuesday 5th of September ECMI Director Prof. Tove Malloy will welcome the guests at the Kompagnietor and talk about the legal instruments guiding the German and Danish approaches to minority protection, focusing on the Bonn Copenhagen Declaration.

This initiative is yet another example of the ECMI’s work in presenting the model of minority protection in Schleswig-Holstein and the good practices of the Danish-German border region.

Previously, the ECMI hosted TAIEX Study Visit from Kosovo. Read here

Read about TAIEX Programme here

If you have any inquiries about organizing a similar study visit, please contact us at info@ecmi.de

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