Sign: Minority SafePack Initiative

In the European Union there are
about 50 million people
who belong to a national minority or a
minority language community.

They make a strong contribution to the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe. Together with other Europeans they want to define the future of Europe; a future in which not only large languages or dominant cultures, but also minorities are taken into account. Therefore they want protection and support for the preservation of their identity. This is what the Minority SafePack Initiative calls for.

Minorities make Europe richer!
Sign the petition and help provide a better future for the national
minorities and language communities of Europe!

Why support the Minority SafePack Initiative?
The motto of the European Union is “In varietate concordia – United in diversity”. The purpose of the Minority SafePack Initiative is to encourage the European Union to live up to its motto and to improve the protection of people belonging to national and linguistic minorities and strengthen cultural and linguistic diversity in the Union. The European Union has ignored these requests too often in the past, and has left the minority issues to be dealt with on a Member State level, or by other international organisations.

What do we want?
We want the European Union to take responsibility and become a genuine promoter of cultural and linguistic diversity across Europe. We want the Copenhagen Criteria on protecting the rights of minorities to be observed also by the Member States of the EU.

What do we propose?
The Minority SafePack Initiative includes eleven original proposals, nine of which were registered by the European Commission:
  • EU-Recommendation for the protection and promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Funding programmes for small linguistic communities,
  • The creation of a Language Diversity Centre
  • The objectives of EU’s regional development funds to include the protection of national minorities and the promotion of cultural and linguistic diversity
  • Research about the added value of minorities to our societies and Europe
  • Approximating equality for stateless minorities e.g. Roma
  • A single European copyright law, so that services and broadcast can be enjoyed in the mother tongue
  • Freedom of service and reception of audio-visual content in the minority regions
  • Block exemption of regional (state) support for minority culture, media and cultural heritage conservation.

Sign: http://www.minority-safepack.eu/#sign_in