Visit of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Slovenia, November 15 – 18, 2010
Strasbourg - A delegation of the Advisory Committee of the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities visited Slovenia from 15–18 November. The visit was organised as part of the final stage of the third round of reports by the Slovenian Government under the Framework Convention of the Council of Europe for the Protection of National Minorities.
The delegation visited the Roma community in three settlements near Murska Sobota, the Hungarian national community in Lendava and the Italian national community in Koper. They were also received by the newly-elected Mayor of Piran, Dr Peter Bossman. On the last day of the visit, the delegation met representatives of the relevant ministries and government offices and services to discuss the following major issues pertaining to the implementation of the Convention: consistent implementation of Slovenian minority legislation; the issue of Roma; innovations of the new Radiotelevizija Slovenija Act relating to minorities; the use of minority languages in bilingual municipalities and minority language learning; political and economic participation of minorities; certain issues of the Italian and Hungarian national communities and the resolution of the issue of the "erased".
On the basis of its conclusions, the Advisory Committee will prepare an opinion on Slovenia by March 2011, which will be forwarded to the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for comments.