The European Centre for Minority Issues (Flensburg, Germany) will continue hosting seminars under the framework of the Eastern Partnership Programme “National minorities and ethno-political issues: Belarus – Moldova – Ukraine” and is opening a call for participation in its second part of the lectures, to be conducted in 2016.
The Programme will start with the main seminar “National minorities, including vulnerable groups: positive actions, support and protection”, which takes place in Kyiv on 23-24 May 2016 and continues in the regions: 27 May – Chernivtsi and 30 May – Lviv respectively.
Government representatives and members of other official bodies who deal with ethnic politics and human rights, along with representatives of ethno-cultural and human rights civil society organizations, including academic experts and journalists, are welcome to participate in the seminars.
Thematically, the seminars are devoted to the support of vulnerable groups, including the issues of equality and state support.
We plan to discuss the following issues during the seminar in Kyiv:
— «Promotion of equality and public support to Roma population in the European Union and its neighborhood: challenges and outcomes»
— «Positive action and special treatment of ethnic minorities: how public support for vulnerable groups in Europe looks like».
The following prominent European experts will participate in the event as lecturers:
Dr. Balázs Vizi – Associate Professor at the Department of International Law, Faculty of International and European Studies of the National University of Public Service (Budapest, Hungary)
Dr. Iulius Rostas – affiliated fellow and visiting lecturer at Corvinus University (Budapest, Hungary)
We would like to remind you that the goal of the programme in the target countries is to enhance governance and to advance state policies regarding the prevention of ethnic discrimination and the mainstreaming of national minority issues in accordance with European best practices.
Alongside this, the programme aims to improve levels of cooperation between state bodies and representatives from civil society and academia in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine, create a platform for the improved exchange of good practices relating to the application of a legal basis for anti discrimination, and finally to increase the level of participation of national minorities in all areas of social life through consultative mechanisms which are particular to the social conditions of these Eastern Partnership countries.
The cycles of seminars are being conducted within the two thematic areas: “Equality (including protection against discrimination) on ethnic grounds” and “The participation of national minorities in civil life, including the different forms of cooperation with state bodies”.
The seminars plan to address both the results obtained in the three countries, and the possibility of the application of a variety of mechanisms aimed to ensure the participation of national minorities in public life and their constructive cooperation with state authorities and local governments.
To participate in the seminars, please fill in the registration forms available at the following links:
Kyiv, 23-24 May: http://goo.gl/forms/O5YdO6pLR2
Chernivtsi, 27 May: http://goo.gl/forms/rVF8AcIrw3
Lviv, 30 May: http://goo.gl/forms/rH27IZhGqd
The preliminary programme is available here: http://www.ex.ua/783098828506
If you have any questions regarding participation in the seminars, please contact our Kyiv coordinator, Ms. Natalia Mekahal: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any other general questions, please contact the programme leader, Dr. Hanna Vasilevich: email@example.com