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26 - 27 October 2020

The online conference "Minority Protection and Ethnic Group Rights in Central and Central Eastern Europe", organised by the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and the Cultural Foundation of German Expellees for Science and Research (Kulturstiftung der deutschen Vertriebenen für WIsssenschaft und Forschung) aims to provide an overall picture of minority protection and ethnic group rights in selected states – from the perspective of science and politics, theory and practice.

The cooperation between the largest umbrella organisation of autochthonous national minorities in Europe, the FUEN, and the Cultural Foundation of the German Expellees meets the demand to organise a symposium, where numerous German and European representatives from science and politics as well as from the ranks of national minorities and ethnic groups can exchange ideas. The expert conference is intended to contribute to gaining an overview of the extent to which the existing agreements of the Council of Europe on the one hand and possible new legal protection elements within the framework of the EU on the other hand can contribute to improving the level of minority protection in the European context.

The conference will be streamed online in thematic blocks from 26 to 27 October 2020.

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Speakers

Loránt Vincze

Loránt Vincze

President of the FUEN, Member of the European Parliament

Reinfried Vogler

Reinfried Vogler

Chairman of the Cultural Foundation of German Expellees, Kronberg/T.

Stephan Mayer

Stephan Mayer

Parliamentary State Secretary, Ministry of the Interior

Prof. Dr. Fernand de Varennes

Prof. Dr. Fernand de Varennes

UN Special Rapporteur on minorities

Prof. Dr. Peter Hilpold

Prof. Dr. Peter Hilpold

University of Innsbruck

Mag. Dr. Angelika Mlinar

Mag. Dr. Angelika Mlinar

FUEN Vice President; former Minister of the Republic of Slovenia for Development and European Cohesion Policy

Hartmut Koschyk

Hartmut Koschyk

former Parliamentary State Secretary, former member of the German Bundestag, former Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Ethnic German Resettlers and National Minorities

Dr. Beate Sibylle Pfeil

Dr. Beate Sibylle Pfeil

German representative in the Expert Committee on the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages at the Council of Europe, Member of the European Center for Minority Issues (ECMI)

Dawid Statnik

Dawid Statnik

Chairman of the Minority Council of the four autochthonous national minorities and ethnic groups in Germany

Bernard Gaida

Bernard Gaida

Speaker of the Working Group of German Minorities within the FUEN, Chairman of the Association of German Social-Cultural Societies in Poland

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gilbert H. Gornig

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gilbert H. Gornig

Philipps University of Marburg

Johannes Callsen

Johannes Callsen

Commissioner of the Minister President in matters of national minorities and ethnic groups, borderland work and lower German

Prof. Dr. Bernd Fabritius

Prof. Dr. Bernd Fabritius

Federal Government Commissioner for Matters Related to Ethnic German Resettlers and National Minorities

Dr. Magdalena Lemańczyk

Dr. Magdalena Lemańczyk

Institute for Political Studies at the Polish Academy of Sciences

Laczikó Enikő Katalin

Laczikó Enikő Katalin

Secretary of State at the Department for Interethnic Relations of the Romanian Government

Dr. Paul-Jürgen Porr

Dr. Paul-Jürgen Porr

Chairman of the Democratic Forum of Germans in Romania DFDR

Red. Prof. Dr. Mitja Žagar

Red. Prof. Dr. Mitja Žagar

Research Councilor at the Institute for Ethnic Studies

Lara Sorgo

Lara Sorgo

Institute for Ethnic Studies

Attila Kovács

Attila Kovács

Institute For Ethnic Studies

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