As part of the EPP seminars in Belarus, Aliona Grossu gave a presentation in Mahiliou today on the need for states to ensure the effective participation of persons belonging to national minorities in public, social, cultural and economic life.
Her presentation began by highlighting the fact that the ability for minorities to effectively participate in these areas of life depends considerably on the existing means of a state to effectively support and maintain active participation.
Through references to a number of specific provisions for transposition in national legislation, Ms Grossu considered which international standards and mechanisms are relevant for effective participation. She argued that when monitoring a mechanisms’ effectiveness, particular attention should be given to the promotion of equality and non discrimination.
After highlighting these key areas for observation, Ms Grossu’s presentation studied the efficiency of various consultative mechanisms for aiding in the active participation of minority groups in society, giving particular reference to the differing types and roles of these bodies in society.
Finally, her presentation provided an in depth analysis of the Autonomous Territorial Unit of Gagauzia of the Republic of Moldova as a case study for how changes to autonomy affect the participation of persons belonging to national minorities.