International organizations

Selected international organisations dealing with regional or minority language issues:

Council of Europe

The Council of Europe website contains the texts of all Conventions and Charters with updated listings of the countries that sign and ratify them. Also relevant on the Council of Europe website is the homepage of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.

The Council of Europe also supports the European Centre for Modern Languages / Centre Européen pour les langues vivantes (Graz). The Centre's mission is the implementation of language policies and the promotion of innovative approaches to the learning and teaching of modern languages.

European Bureau for Lesser-Used Languages 

The Bureau is actively engaged, with support from the European Union, in the conservation and preservation of the autochthonous regional or minority languages in EU member states. Contact Bulletin, the newsletter of the Bureau, can be found on this site.

European Union

Europa is the gateway to all policies, legislation and institutions of the EU. It covers EU treaties and legislation as well as up-to-date information on EU decisions and programmes. The European Commission maintains a page with information directly relevant to minority and regional languages (see also the Euromosaic website).

The website of the European Parliament provides texts of reports and resolutions, interventions of deputies, agendas of committee meetings and plenary sessions etc., including those relevant to regional or minority language issues.

Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe

The website of the OSCE contains information on the organisation's activities concerning (mostly "national") minorities in Central and Eastern Europe.

United Nations

The United Nations' web pages provide agendas of meetings; UN documents and recent news updates are also covered.


The UNESCO's aim is to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations through education, science, culture and communication. This website provides information on the UNESCO's activities, current events and legal documents.