The 2015 programme of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) is now online. The publication contains ECMI’s main initiatives and ideas in research and action for 2015.
A number of new initiatives and highlights for the upcoming year are presented in the ECMI Annual Programme 2015 while a number of ongoing initiatives are also thoroughly described.
“we continue a number of ongoing research activities, plus we plan new initiatives in critical areas of minority protection and cultural issues. With the rising separatism movements, autonomy for regional and cultural minorities is back on the European agenda. The ECMI has focused on non-territorial autonomy for some years now, and our cluster Justice and Governance will continue this effort with the publication of its first edited volume, Managing Diversity through Non-Territorial Autonomy: Assessing Advantages, Deficiencies and Risk in 2015. In the cluster Politics and Civil Society, we will continue to study the financing and funding of minority institutions and organisations. Minority rights are not considered sustainable until minority institutions are fully funded. The changes in Europe’s security picture are created not only by issues similar to the Cold War period, but also by the emerging right-wing movements that exhibit hatred against minorities. Thus, our cluster Conflict and Security will focus renew its focus on the proliferation of hate speech in new media. Since media is such an important part of everybody’s life, we also wish to analyse the media’s influence on inter-cultural dialogue. With a new initiative aimedat examining media’s role in creating pluralism and social cohesion, our cluster Culture and Diversity has begun mapping minority media in a number of countries. This will be continued in 2015. Our Citizenship and Ethics cluster is also pursuing research that examines social cohesion through an effort to map the cultural competencies of minorities.
On the action side both our offices in Kosovo and Georgia have initiated projects aimed at protecting women in minorities against violence. In addition, our office in Georgia has initiated a network for ombudspersons in South Caucasus while our efforts in Kosovo will focus intensively on normalising language equality in Kosovo. And our Eastern Partnership Project will start full scale implementation in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine. We also continue our education and publication projects.”
Download the ECMI Annual Programme 2015 for more information about these and many other projects.