Council of Europe representatives arrive to review Slovakia’s State Language Act

Three representatives of the Council of Europe’s (CE) advisory body, the Venice Commission, arrived for a two-day visit to Slovakia on January 18 to give their opinion on the State Language Act, a recently adopted amendment to which led to protests from the country’s Hungarian minority over perceived limitations on ethnic-language rights, the TASR newswire wrote. Invited by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Commission experts will discuss the issue with Bratislava-based authorities, including the ministries of culture, education, and foreign affairs, the Vice Prime Minister for Human Rights and Minorities, Dušan Čaplovič, and ethnic groups and civil society in Dunajská Streda.

Three representatives of the Council of Europe’s (CE) advisory body, the Venice
Commission, arrived for a two-day visit to Slovakia on January 18 to give their opinion on the State Language Act, a recently adopted amendment to which led to protests from the country’s Hungarian minority over perceived limitations on ethnic-language rights, the TASR newswire wrote.

Invited by the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the Commission experts will discuss the issue with Bratislava-based authorities, including the ministries of culture, education, and foreign affairs, the Vice Prime Minister for Human Rights and Minorities, Dušan Čaplovič, and ethnic groups and civil society in Dunajská Streda.

The Hungarian Coalition Party (SMK) said that it will provide the Commission experts with its own analysis along with comparisons of the content of the State Language Act and the European Charter of Regional and Minority Language Rights. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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