The Parliamentary Assembly called on the member states of the Council of Europe to ensure full participation of persons belonging to national minorities, in cultural, social and economic life, as well as in public affairs of the states they live in. PACE resolution #2368 from 19 April 2021, adopted at the April session of the PACE, states that respect for linguistic, ethnic and cultural diversity, based on the recognition of the fundamental rights to equality and human dignity, is a cornerstone of the system of human rights protection in Europe, and crucial to preserving pluralistic and inclusive democracies.
The resolution was adopted by parliamentarians after the debate about ensuring the rights of persons belonging to national minorities in Europe. The discussion was based on the report of the same name, prepared on behalf of the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination by Elvira Kovács, a member of the Assembly from the Republic of Serbia and a member of the National Assembly. It is important to note that during the preparation of the report, Kovács previously made an research visit to Ukraine.
"The situation of minorities and questions around language policy in Ukraine have been under high scrutiny in recent years. These have not only been examined through regular monitoring under the Framework Convention and the Language Charter,57 and in an ad hoc visit to Ukraine carried out by the Advisory Committee in March 2014,58 but have also been the subject of four opinions of the Venice Commission in the past decade.59 Much attention has focused on the status of Russian and on the role of Ukrainian as the State language, and on how to ensure that the legitimate goal of promoting proficiency in the State language for all can be achieved while fully protecting the linguistic rights of persons belonging to national minorities. I would underline that I firmly believe that, in addition to being able to learn and speak their own language, proficiency in the State language is crucial to allow persons belonging to national minorities to live as fully integrated members of the society in which they live. As the Advisory Committee has underlined, States should therefore facilitate – and make attractive – the acquisition by persons belonging to national minorities of full proficiency in the State language," the report reads.