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Minorities want to be listened to - FUEN Congress 2011 in Burgenland

About 180 guests from 20 European countries answered the invitation of their umbrella organisation - the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) and came together for their 56th FUEN Congress in Eisenstadt/Željezno in Burgenland, Austria, from 1 till 4 June.

This internet-documentation gives an overview of the results of the congress and every participant will be able to find himself back in the picture gallery.

We thank the German Federal Ministry of the Interior for their kind support for the creation of these pages.

The core subject of the congress was the situation of the Roma in Europe. One week in advance of this largest gathering of the autochthonous national minorities there had been a meeting in Brussels between representatives of FUEN and EU Commissioner Viviane Reding on this highly topical subject.

Apart from the issue of the Roma also the minority situation in Austria was actively discussed, the future direction of European language policies as well as networking amongst the actors were addressed and the participants looked back on the five years elapsed since FUEN's document on principles, the Charter for the autochthonous minorities in Europe, had been adopted.

There was much interest for the speeches of the High Representative of the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Valentin Inzko, and of the chairman of the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Stefan Oeter.

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