FUEN Congress 2015 - Friday 15 May 2015


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09:00 Session IV: Minorities Rights Experts: Experiences and Proposals for Solutions

Moderator: Halit Habip Oglu, FUEN Vice President and ABTTF President

1.Willy Fautré, Director of the Human Rights Without Frontiers International (HRWF Int’l)
2. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Konstantinos Tsitselikis, Department of Balkan, Slavic and Oriental Studies, University of Macedonia
3. Hercules Millas, Writer and Columnist, Member of Greek Minority in Istanbul
4. Jørgen Kühl, Chairman of the European Centre for Minority Issues (ECMI)


10:30 Coffee Break

11.00 Session V: Ups and downs from Flensburg to Komotini – One year of minority protection in Europe

Moderator: Bernhard Ziesch, Vice President of FUEN and Secretary General of Domowina

Each organisation will have the opportunity to give a report of 3-5 minutes on what happened in their minority since the FUEN Congress in 2014.

Starting with an invitation to the Macedonian minority in Greece, Aromanian/Vlach minority in Greece, Cham Albanian minority in Greece, and Prof Dr Mustafa Kaymakçı, President of the Rhodes, Kos and Dodacanese Culture and Solidarity Association 


12:30 Lunch, Chris&Eve Hotel, Komotini

14:00 Session VI: Minority Dialogue Forum

Moderator: Lorant Vincze, FUEN Vice President and International Secretary of Democratic Alliance of Hungarians in Romania (RMDSZ) 

Keynote speech: Nils Torvalds, MEP, Co-Chair of the Intergroup for Traditional Minorities, National Communities and Languages in the European Parliament

Panel discussion on different approaches towards the same goal: minority and language protection.

Hans Heinrich Hansen, President Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN)
Jørgen Kühl, Chairman of the European Centre for Minority Issies (ECMI)
Meirion Prys Jones, CEO Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD)
Johanna Green, Program Manager Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO)
Johan Häggman, Think Tank Magma, Swedish-speaking community in Finland
Matic Germovšek, President Youth of European Nationalities (YEN)


15:30 Ibrahim Baltalı, The Owner of Minority Magazine “Rodop Rüzgarı” : Presentation on “Destruction of Ottoman heritage monuments and artifacts in Western Thrace”

16:30 Visit to Turkish minority associations 

20:00 Dinner, Village of Kırköy(Kirno), Xanthi


  • Political Participation
  • Fundamental Rights
  • Linguistic Diversity
  • Solidarity with the Roma
  • European Citizens' Initiative
  • European Network
  • Forum of the European Minorities / House of Minorities


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