The Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) constituted itself for the next four years at the 51st Advisory Committee plenary session in Strasbourg yesterday. ECMI Director Dr. Tove Malloy is now a full member in respect of Denmark.
At the 51st plenary session of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM), the new team of independent experts met for the first time. ECMI Director Dr. Tove Malloy is now a full member of the Advisory Committee in respect of Denmark and will serve the FCNM monitoring process for the next four years. The list of all full members is available on the Council of Europe’s homepage.
The Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities is one of the most comprehensive treaties aimed at protection of persons belonging to national minorities. Established within the Council of Europe by Ad Hoc Committee for the Protection of National Minorities (CAHMIN) under the authority of the Committee of Ministers, it was adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 10 November 1994 and went into force in 1998. Signature parties to this Convention undertake to promote the full and effective equality of persons belonging to minorities in all areas of economic, social, political and cultural life together with the conditions that will allow them to express, preserve and develop their culture and identity.
The FCNM monitoring system evaluates how the treaty is implemented in State Parties and results in recommendations to improve minority protection in the States under review. Each monitoring cycle, taking 5 years includes submission of a Report by the State Party, Monitoring carried out by the Advisory Committee, Committee of Ministers’ Resolutions to State Parties, and Follow-up dialogue on the results of the monitoring. The Advisory Committee plays the leading role in the monitoring process.
The Advisory Committee is the independent expert committee responsible for evaluating the implementation of the Framework Convention in State Parties and advising the Committee of Ministers. The results of this evaluation consist in detailed country-specific opinions adopted following a monitoring procedure.
The Advisory Committee is composed of 18 independent experts elected and appointed for four years. In accordance with Resolution (97)10 of the Committee of Ministers, members of the Advisory Committee shall have recognised expertise in the field of the protection of national minorities. They shall serve in their individual capacity, shall be independent and impartial and shall be available to serve on the Committee effectively.
For the detailed information on FCNM activities and the Advisory Committee please visit the FCNM homepage.