Title: Trends of minority rights protection in the countries of the Adriatic area and the Republic of Macedonia
Author: Andeva M.
Publisher: Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung e.V., CRPM Skopje
Abstract: In the Adriatic and the Balkan area the key to development towards an integrated, harmonious and sustainable socio-economic area is to be found in minorities’ bridging role. Often such role can be a cause for political confrontation, marginalization or, at worse, radicalization processes.
The Adriatic Area includes various but quite homogeneous ethnic groups, for historical, geographic and cultural reasons; the Republic of Macedonia shares the same characteristics. The paper focuses on the main common issues, encountered by minorities in some Adriatic countries and in Republic of Macedonia, such as language and self-representation rights. The complexity of the minorities’ situation in the selected areas requires the use of comparative methods, considering different perspectives in order to produce a joint approach, suitable for elaborating and presenting some main perspectives and lessons to be learned. This study uses a secondary data analysis on legislative provisions in some countries of the Adriatic area (Italy, Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro) and in the Republic of Macedonia as an advanced model of minority rights protection in the Balkan Peninsula.