Rotary Clubs in Flensburg: ECMI engages with local groups

Right to left: Manfred Lange (Rotary Club Flensburger Förde), Tamari Bulia (ECMI Flensburg) and Hauke Präger (Rotary Club Flensburger Förde) .

The local Rotary Clubs in Flensburg learnt about the work of the ECMI. As part of the local outreach, Ms. Tamari Bulia presented on the ECMI aims and current projects.

Flensburg, the northern most city in Germany and seat of the ECMI, is also home to three Rotary Clubs and several service clubs. This week, Rotary Club Flensburg and Rotary Club Flensburger Förde invited the ECMI to their gatherings to present our work, aims and current projects.

What happens at the Kompagnietor? What are the ECMI aims and activities? What role do we play in promoting the Danish-German border region and Schleswig-Holstein? How do we encourage knowledge transfer and bridge building among different groups in Europe? These were some of the questions that Tamari Bulia (ECMI Communications and Outreach) answered in her presentations to the Rotary Clubs. Ms. Bulia presented what the ECMI does and how we do it: projects, regional offices, trainings, roundtables, capacity building and filling gaps between minorities and majorities and between research and action. Among some of specific ECMI projects and activities mentioned were the ECMI Eastern Partnership Programme, Minorities in Western Balkans, Bridge Building and Integration in Diverse Societies, Teaching in Diversity, ECMI Summer School and the Regional Minority Roundtable. The club members were happy to get to know the ECMI more closely and expressed their interest in hearing from us and about us more often. “I often pass by your building. Now I know what’s going on inside. You are doing very important work nowadays with increasing nationalism and populism in Europe.” – shared Mr. Ansgar Hüning from the Rotary Club Flensburger Förde after the presentation of Ms. Bulia.

ECMI Local Outreach

Working on the European level, and primarily concerned with policy relevant research and analysis, the ECMI is renowned for its unique expertise among its target audiences in academia and other relevant stakeholders. The ECMI, the leading institution on minority rights, focuses its work on geographical Europe, while promoting the example of the Danish-German border region and the model of Schleswig-Holstein on minority-majority relations and where possible, ensuring knowledge transfer between regions.

From Flensburg, the home of the ECMI headquarters, our international team has managed research and put into action projects in 15 different countries (with offices in eight of them at different times). Since the ECMI’s establishment 20 years ago, the Kompagnietor has hosted 231 interns and 27 visiting researchers from 55 different countries all over the world. Locally, the ECMI is engaged with providing information about minority issues to interest groups and visitors. One of the local activities of the ECMI is the Regional Minority Roundtable, which will take place for the eighth time in 2017 with the topic “Language(s) and Identity”.

About Rotary Clubs

Rotary Clubs originated in Chicago in 1905, with the aim of gathering professionals from different areas to exchange ideas and conduct humanitarian activities in their communities. Working at the grassroots level, the number of clubs worldwide has reached over 34 000, with 1.2 million members. In Flensburg, the Rotary Clubs support various educational, humanitarian and cultural activities. Read more about the Rotary Clubs.

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