The OSCE expert on national minorities pays a visit to Lithuania


The visit in Lithuania is being paid by Veronika Kristkova, the expert at legal issues of the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE). The aim of the visit is to learn about the situation of national minorities in Lithuania, the bill on national minorities and checking what is the progress connected with the document.

Lithuania does not have the bill on national minorities because the document that had been in force for 20 years, terminated in January 2010. According to Jūratės Palionytės, the Deputy Chairman of the Commission of the Lithuanian language and the expert at legal issues in the Office of the High Commissioner on National Minorities (OSCE) Veronika Kristkova was interested mainly in the spelling of non-Lithuanian surnames in Lithuanian official documents.

Veronika Kristkova met the members of Lithuanian Parliament and paid a visit to the House of National Communities and met the Lithuanian representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) – international organisation was founded in January 1995. Its aim is to prevent Europe from any conflicts. Not only European countries are its members. There are also: the United States, Canada, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kirgistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Mongolia.

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Tłumaczenie by Marta Wojtowicz w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, Translated by Marta Wojtowicz within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights,

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