European language charter debated

  • 2003-09-04
  • Baltic News Service
TALLINN - The European charter for regional or minority languages does not demand anyadditional rights for the Russian language in Estonia nor its adoption inany way linked to Estonia's expected accession to the EU, experts said."This is not a matter that is within the competence of the European Union,therefore it hasn't been talked about during the accession negotiations,"said Mai Hion, director of the human rights bureau at the Estonian ForeignMinistry.She said that only 17 of the 45 members of the Council of Europe hadratified the charter.The delegation of the European Commission in Esto...
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