The use of regional or minority languages represents the basis
of individual and collective identity. Protection and promotion
of these languages should be therefore an essential component of
policies which are respectful of human dignity and fundamental rights,
and of the value of cultural diversity.
The report urges member States to take the necessary steps
to ratify the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages,
if they have not already done so. It recommends that the member
States that have ratified the Charter ensure the effective implementation
of the commitments they have already undertaken, through a structured
approach involving all levels of governance and possibly by broadening
the scope of these commitments, whilst taking account of the specific
situation of the languages concerned.
The Committee of Ministers should encourage this process and
support the implementation of the Charter by soft measures, including:
setting up a special prize to be awarded annually; holding regional
seminars on good practices; encouraging scientific co-operation
between member States; and setting up working groups relating to
the situation of regional or minority languages in national parliaments.
The report also advocates co-operation with the relevant institutions
and bodies of the European Union in this domain.