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10.07.2012  

The Committee of Ministers adopted the Resolution on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy, 4 July 2012

Strasbourg - The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted, at its 1147th meeting on 4 July 2012, the Resolution on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities by Italy.

Italy ratified the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities on 3 November 1997. The adopted resolution ended the third reporting cycle. The opinion on the implementation of the Convention by Italy was prepared by the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention, composed by independent experts.

The Committee of Ministers noted in the Resolution that shortcomings remain as regards the actual implementation of the existing legislative framework for minority protection. In particular, there is an increasing gap between the existing needs within the linguistic minorities and the resources made available by the central and local government. Delays in the implementation of Law No. 38/01 on protection of the Slovenian minority continue to be reported. The Committee recommends that a formalised dialogue with the Slovenian minority should start also with the aim of examining the implementation of the legislation governing the protection of the Slovenian minority, particularly Law No. 38/01. The committee calls on Italy to ensure that the current economic crisis and related budgetary cuts do not have a disproportionate impact on measures to support persons belonging to minorities. Among others issues, Italy should also adopt more effective measures to increase availability of teachers and textbooks for minority education, including taking adequate measures and giving support to providing proper maintenance and suitability of school premises, particularly the bilingual Slovene-Italian school in Špeter (San Pietro al Natisone).

The adopted resolution is available here.

All reports on the implementation of the Convention by Italy, as well as the Opinions of the Advisory Committee, and the adopted resolutions, are available here.