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16th - 18th November 2006
HUSUM, North Frisia
During the course of its existence, FUEN has be
come a respected discussion partner for govern-
ments and parliaments in many states of Europe
and in European and international institutions
through its consistent adherence to democracy
and rights, its unwavering work for better protec-
tion for ethnic groups and its stance for peaceful
dialogue. As a pool and umbrella organisation for
national minorities, it has become a large non-
governmental organisation (NGO) and takes on a
significant role in lobbying for national minorities
in the individual states of Europe.

The Federal Union of European Nationalities is an
independent union of the organisations of national
minorities in Europe, which was established in
1949 at the time when the Council of Europe was
set up in Versailles/France. Today, 2006/01/11, the
FUEN number 82 member organisations from 32
states

The General Secretariat is located in Flensburg -
the political and cultural centre of the Danish mino-
rity in Germany. General Secretaries so far, have
been minority representatives of the Bretons in
France, of the Danes in Germany and of the Ger-
mans in Denmark. FUEN has a democratically elec-
ted committee consisting of 7 representatives of
minorities in six different states.

According to its statutes, the Federal Union of
European Nationalities serves the ethnic groups in
Europe and pursues the goal of preserving their
national identity, their language, culture and the
history of national minorities. This objective is pur-
sued only by peaceful means. It decisively takes
a stand against separatism and the violent moving
of national borders, and works towards a neigh
bourly, peaceful coexistence of majority and minor-
ity in one state or region.

In recognition of its efforts towards attaining protec-
tion for European minorities, the FUEN obtained
Participatory status to the Council of Europe in 1989
and a Consultative status to the United Nations (UN)
in 1995. It is also represented at OSCE (the former
CSCE) conferences concerning national minorities
and ethnic groups.