The 9th Minority Roundtable organized by the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) would like to put the role of the local minorities in regional development on the agenda.
In the Danish-German border region, the national and linguistic minorities are increasingly participating in developing regional development strategies, including strategic thinking for economic sectors such as tourism, health, transportation and the environment. The political parties of the minorities make clear references to these and other sectors in their campaign platforms, and they participate in local politics and decision-making. At times, they have acted as innovators and bridge-builders spotting opportunities derived from the meeting of cultures in the border region. Yet, official political strategies rarely mention the contributions made by the minorities let alone the potential for further opportunities due to the inter-cultural knowledge of the minorities.
Which are the capacities and knowledge that the minorities have which can support regional development? How can states usefully and respectfully involve the minorities in regional development efforts? Which level of governance is adequate to deal with these issues? Which kinds of institutions are useful and necessary to implement more inclusive development policies? What role can minorities have in cross-border cooperation? How can policy-makers (and researchers) make minority contributions to regional development more visible? What data is available about minority contributions to regional development? How can such information be accessed? We hope to discuss these and many other aspects of the role of minorities in regional development with representatives of the national minorities and members of academia in the border region.
Date: 15. May 2019
Venue: Danske Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig / Flensburg/ Blå Sal
R.S.V.P. to Ms. Maj-Britt Risbjerg Hansen