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  • ECMI Online Talk: "Can Minority Non-Territorial Autonomy Work in Practice?"

    9 June 2021 (Flensburg, Germany)

    This online talk aims to explore potentials of non-territorial autonomy (NTA), core practical challenges, and prospects for better practical outreach (both widening and deepening) of the concept. It is structured around four main topics: the nexus and tension between the territorial and personal principles in the minority protection; labeling the concept as “autonomy”; membership; and competences: NTA institutions as minority agents. The panelists are Prof. Zsuzsa Csergő, Prof. Levente Salat and Prof. David Smith. You can watch here the recording of this online talk.

  • Launch of the Annual Webinar Series "Discussing World Autonomies"

    10 March 2021 (Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)

    We are organising together with the Centre for Autonomy Experience an Annual Webinar Series called "Discussing World Autonomies". The goal is to share knowledge about autonomies worldwide, how they function and discussing the challenges they face. The topic of the 2021 webinar is "Autonomy and Sovereignty Conflict: Insights from Catalonia and Perspectives from Post-Brexit Scotland and Northern Ireland". The speakers are Marc Sanjaume (Professor of Political Science at Open University of Catalonia), Clare Rice (Researcher at the Newcastle University) and Daniel Cetrà (Research Fellow at the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh and Eurac Research Federal Scholar in Residence 2021). You can watch here the recording of the webinar.

  • European Parliament urges Ukraine to amend Constitution to recognize Crimean Tatar autonomy

    11 February 2021 (Brussels, Belgium)

    The European Parliament has called on Ukraine "to adopt the laws on the indigenous peoples of Ukraine, on the status of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people, and on amending its Constitution to recognise the national-territorial autonomy of the Crimean Tatar people within Ukraine, and particularly Crimea, which stems from the inalienable right of the indigenous Crimean Tatar people to self-determination". This is stated in the European Parliament's draft resolution on the implementation of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. Read more...

  • New report: "Non-Territorial Autonomy in Theory and Practice: A 2020 Report"

    28 May 2020 (Skopje, North Macedonia)

    This report edited by Marina Andeva is the result of the first year of operation of ENTAN - European Non-Territorial Autonomy Network. The main objective of ENTAN is to investigate the existing NTA mechanisms and policies and to develop new modalities for the accommodation of differences in the context of growing challenges stemming from globalisation, regionalisation and European supranational integration. This report presents an overview of research ideas and multi- and interdisciplinary findings related to the concept of non-territorial autonomy both in theory and as a practice. Read more…​

  • Webinar on "Minorities, territorial governance and inter-state relations in pandemic times" 

    27 May 2020 (Bolzano/Bozen, Italy)

    The Institute for Minority Rights of Eurac Research organized a webinar series investigating the challenges minorities worldwide are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this webinar, Sia Spiliopoulou Åkermark, Francesco Palermo and Sergiu Constantin discussed the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on minority communities, on dynamics between centres and peripheries, and on inter-state relations. The immediate reactions to the pandemic included a "war rhetoric" with an explicit or tacit requirement of loyalty and obedience, closure of borders, and centralization from the territories to the centre and from parliaments to executives. The pandemic shows time and again that there is no one-size-fit-all solution for cultural and territorial governance. Watch the webinar video or read the webinar brief​.​​​

  • Romanian parliament rejects draft law on the autonomy of Szeklerland 

    29 April 2020 (Bucharest, Romania)​

    Romania's Senate rejected a plan to establish an autonomous region for ethnic Hungarians in Transylvania. Under the proposal, Hungarian would have become a second official language in state institutions in the area known as Szeklerland. The region would have flown its own flag and had the right to pass its own laws and manage its own finances. Romanian President accused the Social Democrats, Romania's largest party which is currently in opposition, of striking a secret deal with Hungarian Premier Viktor Orban and plotting to give "Transylvania to the Hungarians". Read more… 

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