Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities

Council of Europe Committee for the Protection of National Minorities Visiting Sweden


A delegation of the Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities from the Council of Europe is visiting Sweden this week as part of its work in the monitoring of the implementation of this convention.

The committee will use the Raoul Wallenberg Institute’s Stockholm office as its base during the visit.

It is the committee’s fourth visit to the country. The delegation will meet representatives of central, regional and local governments and civil society and national minorities in Kiruna, Västerås and Stockholm.

“The monitoring activity that the Advisory Committee is conducting in Sweden is essential for raising awareness and enhancing visibility regarding national minorities at the domestic level,” says Alejandro Fuentes, Senior Researcher at RWI. “By engaging in constructive dialogue with stakeholders and government officials the Committee reinforces and promotes the concrete implementation and enjoyment of minority rights at the local level.”

The delegation includes Mr Reinis Āboltiņš, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Latvia, Ms Maria-Laura Craciunean, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Romania, Mr Slawomir Lodziński, Advisory Committee member elected in respect of Poland and two members of the Secretariat; Mr Marco Leidekker, Head of Secretariat, and Ms Agnes von Maravić, Administrator, Secretariat of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities.

Sweden submitted its fourth State Report under the Framework Convention in June 2016.