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Minority protection in Europe: deficiencies in the implementation of common standards

Strasbourg, 12.03.2010 - "Eleven years after the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities came into force, eight member states have still not ratified it, and restrictive declarations and reservations sometimes hinder its operation", according to Boriss Cilevics (Latvia, SOC), speaking at a meeting of the Standing Committee in Paris today.

In a recommendation adopted on the basis of his report, the PACE asked the Committee of Ministers to increase efforts to achieve speedy ratification of the Convention and to continue its co-operation with other international organisations so as to achieve consistent interpretation of standards and to pursue common policies on the protection of national minorities.  The PACE also called on those states which have ratified the Convention to clarify the division of tasks between national and local levels and to adopt good practices.