Call for Participants in the New Seminar in Uzhorod

Call for Participants in the New Seminar in Uzhorod

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 seminars to be conducted in 2016.

The fourth part of the Eastern Partnership Programme on inter-ethnic relations in Ukraine will continue with the regional seminar “Nation-wide dialogue, integration and national reconciliation – models and cumulative international experience”, which takes in Uzhorod on 3 November, at the Hotel Prague, Verkhovinstaka Street 38.

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.

The term “integration” exists in the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and other international tools; the Ljubljana Guidelines of the OSCE’s High Commissioner on National Minorities are specifically dedicated to this term. There are numerous researches conducted in Europe on inclusion of migrants and minorities in public life as well as different theoretical integration models developed. These models envisage different levels and dimensions, such as equal rights, provision of social mobility, overcoming of segregation, improvement of linguistic communication, development of tolerance, political participation, exploration of common values and cultural norms and etc. In practice, these ideas are implemented differently and not are always consistent. Moreover, politicians and official structures put different and sometimes contradicting meanings to the term “integration”.

We are glad to inform that the following prominent European expert will deliver lecture and actively participate in the follow-up discussion:

Dr. Petar Teofilović, Associate Professor for Human Rights Protection, Constitutional, Criminal and Administrative Law at the University of Novi Sad (Serbia). He will be discussing his presentation titled “Integration and dialogue in different regions of Europe?”

We would like to remind you that the goals of the Eastern Partnership Programme are:

  • To discuss of the European best practices on protection of ethnic minorities and ensuring ethnic-based equality;
  • 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;
  • To look for the most optimal ways of adjusting the European standards to the specific conditions of the Eastern Partnership countries.

The seminars are based on two thematic streams: “Ethnic-based Equality (inducing protection from discrimination)” and “Participation of national minorities in public life, including co-operation with authorities in different forms.”

The seminars plan to address both the results obtained in all three countries: Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, 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 at the seminar, please register at https://goo.gl/forms/AeWpnTa2QqTU4xVE2

Please note that the participants from Uzhorod can apply until 30 October 2016. Participants from other cities can apply until 26 October 2016.

If you have any questions regarding participation in the seminars, please contact our Kyiv Coordinator, Ms. Natalia Mekahal: n.mekahal@gmail.com