Online now: ECMI Annual Programme 2016

AP 2016 iconThe 2016 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 2016. 

A number of new initiatives and highlights for the upcoming year are presented in the ECMI Annual Programme 2016 while a number of ongoing initiatives are also thoroughly described.

Foreword by the ECMI Director Prof. Dr Tove H. Malloy to the ECMI Annual Programme 2016 summarizes the ongoing activities and plans of ECMI for the upcoming year:

“This publication provides information about the research and action planned at the
European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) for 2016. The past 12 months have verified
that our new focus on human (in)security and radicalisation of the public space, which
often affect minorities adversely, is relevant; even established, long-term resident
minorities have experienced insecurities and attacks. At the same time, the situation
in Crimea has frozen, and thousands of Crimean residents have fled; they are now
internally dispersed persons (IDPs) in the Ukrainian mainland. There is of course good
news in the area of minority protection; governments are moving to include more
minorities in the list of protected minorities. Across Europe – East and West – there
remain, however, many issues and challenges to be addressed. The ECMI selects those
issues and challenges that are relevant for protecting and promoting minority identity
and cultures and designs its projects accordingly. With this Annual Programme we
will give a few indications as to what we intend to focus on in 2016, and in so doing,
we hope to continue dialogue with our partners about the issues and challenges that
national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities face.

As always, we highlight our most prominent initiatives on page 4. We are continuing
a number of on-going research activities and also planning new initiatives in critical
areas of minority protection and cultural issues. Continuing its research on nonterritorial
autonomy, the Justice and Governance cluster will explore the differences
and synergies between minority protection and non-discrimination in 2016, and it
will look into the risks facing modern ideas of diversity management in order to seek
ways these may be overcome. The distribution of financial support to organisations
representing national minorities and the roles of ethnic minority representatives in the
Baltic parliaments will be the two leading research questions for our work in the area
of Politics and Civil Society. Facing the changing situation in Europe, the Conflict and
Security cluster will focus on the impact of the refugee crisis on national minorities and
the related issues of proliferation of hate speech in new media as well as the rise of the
far right. Advancing the research on minority media and minority rights in education,
the new challenge for us in the area of Culture and Diversity is to explore the interconnectedness between those issues and linguistic diversity as shaped by language
policies. The research on cultural competences of the national minorities planned by
the Citizenship and Ethics cluster will be shaped by data collection in border regions
where past conflicts have resulted in feasible institutionalisation and will aim at
identifying and analysing actors and actions that have lead to increased European

Our action projects continue to be implemented by our offices in Kosovo and
Georgia and by our Eastern Partnership Team based in Flensburg/Kiev. The ECMI
Eastern Partnership Programme has a very packed agenda for 2016, with many
activities aiming to support Germany’s Chairmanship of the Organisation of Security
and Co-operation in Europe. Nine seminars on the two thematic streams of
“Non-discrimination and Organisational Capacity-Building” and “Participation and
Consultative Bodies” have been planned for the target countries, Belarus, Moldova
and Ukraine. In addition, workshops on Non-Territorial Autonomy will be held in
Ukraine and Moldova. You can find more information about these and many other
projects inside this publication.

Welcome to our Annual Programme 2016 and thank you for your interest in the ECMI.”

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ECMI Flensburg staff members in October 2015

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