FUEN Congress 2016

The annual congress of the Federal Union of European Minorities (FUEN) in 2016 was held in Wrocław, the European Capital of Culture, from 18 to 22 May 2016.

More than 150 participants from 27 nations, representing more than 50 minorities, got together to discuss their concerns and wishes for the future.

The main topics of the Congress were the general situation in Europe, the conditions for minorities in Poland, the situation in Ukraine, the cooperation of organisations representing minorities and the refugee issue.

The Congress was organised in cooperation with the Association of German Social Cultural Societies in Poland (Verband der deutschen Sozial-Kulturellen Gesellschaften in Polen) VDG.

After the opening of the congress, the first day of the congress was be dedicated to the current situation in Poland and its minority policy, with a focus on the German minority.

The second day of the congress was a thematic day with the motto: “Quo vadis Europe? The multifaceted crisis of Europe”.

The FUEN Assembly of Delegates, which was held during the congress, elected the new Presidium as well as the members of the European Dialogue Forum and speakers for the FUEN working groups.

A minority market offered plenty of opportunity to get into contact with the many minorities, before the participants themselves experienced the Capital of Culture. 

The keynote speaker of the congress was Astrid Thors, High Commissioner for National Minorities at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).  

We thank all participants for thrilling contributions, interesting discussions and a successful congress. 



This project was supported by the Federal Ministry of Interior and funded by the Federal Republic of Germany.


  • 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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