The Annual Programme 2018 of the ECMI is now online! The publication contains information on planned activities and initiatives in research and action in 2018.
What is the ECMI team planning for 2018? What are our Focus Points? How do we plan to promote minority rights throughout the next year? The ECMI Annual Programme 2018 outlines few highlights for the upcoming year, including ongoing research and action oriented projects and the planned initiatives within the ECMI research clusters.
Traditionally, the ECMI Director Prof. Dr. Tove Malloy welcomes the readers in the foreword:
“It is a pleasure to welcome you to our Annual Programme 2018. This year, you will find some exciting new projects in development. Our research clusters have been refocused with new initiatives that speak to the enduring societal issues that ethno-cultural minorities face. We have also reassessed our cross-cluster themes and added new ones. For instance, check out our new cross-cluster theme on Mainstreaming or Border Region Governance. 2018 is also a milestone year for the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI) regarding to our action-oriented projects in Eastern Europe. Our regional programme, the Eastern Partnership Programme for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine came to an end in December 2017. We plan to continue working in Moldova and Ukraine. At the same time, we are very pleased to announce that Georgia is back in our portfolio of priority countries. We have a number of ideas in the making, as you will be able to see in the section on Georgia. Likewise, our regional programme in the Western Balkans has come to an end.”
“In the first months of 2018, we will assess our potential for continuing work in the Former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia. Of course, our operations in Kosovo continue to run at very high speed. I encourage you to check out the Equal Rights for All Coalition project, an awareness raising project that has already gained Europewide recognition. In other areas, such as our education efforts and publications, we continue along the good path that has been developed over the years. For instance, our Summer School 2018 will focus on diversity as a driver for change and take place in Brussels in September. We hope to see you there. As always, we welcome dialogue with our partners and look forward to cooperating with you.”