“the right to use

a regional or minority language

in private and public life

is an inalienable right”

DATABASE FOR
THE
EUROPEAN CHARTER FOR
REGIONAL OR
MINORITY LANGUAGES

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintained by the

Public Foundation for European Comparative Minority Research

 

Supported by the

Council of Europe and the

Timeline of the Charter

Most important dates in the drafting, ratification, and implementation of the Charter

 

1988

 

16 March

The Standing Conference of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) adopts Resolution 192 (1988) in which it proposes the drafting and adoption of a convention

4 October

The Parliamentary Assembly adopts Opinion no. 142 (1988) in which it supports the adoption of a charter for regional or minority languages

 

The Committee of Ministers establishes the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on regional or minority languages in Europe (CAHLR)

1989

 

 

Drafting begins

1992

 

25 June

The Committee of Ministers adopts the Charter on its 478th meeting

5 November

The Charter is opened for signature, and is signed by eleven member states: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain. According to Article 19, the Charter enters into force after 5 ratifications.

1993

 

10 November

Norway ratifies the Charter

1994

 

9 November

Finland ratifies the Charter

1995

 

26 April

Hungary ratifies the Charter

1996

 

2 May

The Netherlands ratifies the Charter

1997

 

5 November

Croatia ratifies the Charter

18 November

Liechtenstein ratifies the Charter

1998

 

1 March

The Charter enters into force in Croatia, Finland, Hungary, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands and Norway

1 April

The Charter enters into force in Switzerland

1999

 

1 January

The Charter enters into force in Germany

2000

 

1 June

The Charter enters into force in Sweden

18 October

1st Biennial Report by the Secretary General on the application of the Charter

2001

 

1 January

The Charter enters into force in Denmark and Slovenia

1 July

The Charter enters into force in the United Kingdom

1 August

The Charter enters into force in Spain

1 October

The Charter enters into force in Austria

2002

 

1 January

The Charter enters into force in Slovakia

1 May

The Charter enters into force in Armenia

11 September

2nd Biennial Report by the Secretary General on the application of the Charter

1 December

The Charter enters into force in Cyprus

2005

 

3 September

3rd Biennial Report by the Secretary General on the application of the Charter

1 October

The Charter enters into force in Luxembourg

2006

 

1 January

The Charter enters into force in Ukraine

1 June

The Charter enters into force in Serbia

6 June

The Charter enters into force in Montenegro

2007

 

1 March

The Charter enters into force in the Czech Republic

2008

 

1 May

The Charter enters into force in Romania

2009

 

1 June

The Charter enters into force in Poland

 

 

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