Minority Rights Advocacy in the European Union: A Guide for NGOs in South-East Europe

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In recent years, the European Union (EU) has become the most prominent political and development actor in South-East Europe (SEE). The prospect of EU membership and the EU accession conditionality provide the much-needed leverage for the states to deliver on their international commitments.

This is a comprehensive guide for minority and human rights activists from SEE on how to advocate successfully for the inclusion of minority issues in their country’s EU accession process and improved protection of minority rights.

It includes an overview of the structure and processes of the EU, describes EU policy and the nature of its engagement in SEE and details the EU standards and mechanisms for minority protection. The guide also describes advocacy opportunities available for minority rights campaigners and offers practical advocacy tools.

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