European Free Alliance Meeting in the European Parliament
November 13 - 14, 2003
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On November 13 - 14, 2003, a
delegation from RAINBOW took part in the regular meeting of the European
Free Alliance - Democratic Party of the Peoples of Europe (EFA-DPPE)
in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium.
Among the many issues covered was a discussion regarding the proposed
new European constitution. Representatives of EFA who participated
in the discussions surrounding the formulation of new constitution
pledged the text must mention the rights of the minority peoples of
Discussion also took place in regard to the formation of European
political parties where EFA, among others, insists the conditions and
criteria, which are now being formulated, must be satisfactory and
should afford it status in the European Parliament Group in the European
Upon the invitation of RAINBOW and in collaboration with the secretariat
of the EFA, in Brussels, representatives of the Macedonian minorities
from Albania and Bulgaria participated as guest observers for the first
Also as guests were representatives of the Turkish minority in Greece
with whom RAINBOW co-operates to further the protection and respect
of human rights for all minorities in Greece.
The Macedonian delegation in Brussels visited the central offices
of the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) and had a
meeting with high ranking officials from this institution, which works
for the protection of minority and regional languages in Europe.
In the framework of the visit the Macedonia delegation had a meeting
with members of the Macedonian community in Belgium especially with
economic immigrants who are temporarily working in Belgium and are
RAINBOW members who come from the Macedonian minority in Greece.