Listed in this article are the actual recommendations from the Council of Europe report on the National Minority status of the Cornish.
Principal recommendation for immediate action:
Take all necessary steps to ensure access to the linguistic and cultural
rights provided by the Framework Convention to the Cornish minority, in
particular by reconsidering the decision to cut all funding for the
Cornish language in view of the disproportionate impact such a measure
will have on the delicate process of revitalising a minority language
when access to other public financial resources is limited.
Further recommendations (the numbers refer to the paragraphs in the actual Opinion):
19. The Advisory Committee calls on the authorities to take all the
legal, policy, and financial steps necessary to ensure access to the
rights provided by the Framework Convention to persons belonging to the
Cornish minority, irrespective of any constitutional set-up.
24. The Advisory Committee calls on the authorities to take the
necessary measures to include the possibility to self-identify as
Cornish, through a ‘tick-box’ in the next census, and to facilitate the
expression of self-identification of any other group because data
collection is relevant to the application of minority rights.
58. The authorities should reconsider their decision to cut all funding
for the Cornish language in view of the disproportionate impact such a
measure can have on the delicate process of revitalisation of a minority
language when access to other public financial resources is limited.
59. The Advisory Committee also calls on the authorities to engage in a
dialogue with representatives of the Cornish minority to ensure that
cultural policy is developed in a way respectful of the traditions and
identity of the minority.
96. The authorities should take resolute action to ensure that revision
of the BBC Charter improves access to the media for persons belonging to
national and ethnic minorities, increases funding, ensures a variety of
programmes in minority languages, in particular the Irish language,
involves minorities in their production and introduces BBC support for
the Cornish language.
97. The Advisory Committee also calls on the authorities to establish an
independent press regulator, responding to the criteria enunciated by
the Leveson Report, and to ensure that training is regularly carried out
and there is access to and presence in the media of persons belonging
to minorities, including in supervisory organs.
109. The Advisory Committee calls on the authorities to take measures to
improve the use and visibility of Cornish in public life, and it calls
on the UK Government to reinstate immediately the previous level of
funding and to consider the possibility of adopting a Cornish Language
122. The Advisory Committee calls on the authorities to ensure that, in
co-operation with minority groups, curricula, textbooks and other
teaching materials reflect appropriately the ethnic diversity and
historical presence of all national and ethnic minorities in the United
Kingdom. Staff of all schools shall be effectively trained to
accommodate diversity in the classroom and promote intercultural respect
and understanding in schools.
128. The Advisory Committee calls on the authorities to renew and
intensify their efforts to develop Irish-medium education and Irish
language teaching. They should also engage in a dialogue with the
Cornish minority to consider flexible and pragmatic solutions to allow
for a more systematic provision of teaching in and of the Cornish
language, as well as taking measures to develop the teaching of
minorities’ first language.
136. The Advisory Committee reiterates its call to the authorities to
enhance opportunities for persons belonging to national and ethnic
minorities to participate in public affairs, and this should include
measures that facilitate their engagement in broader political processes
and mainstream political parties. Similarly, their recruitment into
public service, in particular the police at central and local levels,
should be promoted to send a clear message that diversity is valued
across the UK.
137. The UK Government should continue the good dialogue with the three
devolved administrations and ensure that negotiations progress in a
transparent and democratic manner. It should establish permanent ongoing
dialogue with Cornwall Council and the Cornish people through
consultative and advisory mechanisms.
141. The Advisory Committee calls on the authorities to intensify
targeted initiatives to maximise the participation of persons belonging
to national and ethnic minorities in employment, training and career
progression, in line with the Vision 2020 targets, and to allocate
146. The Advisory Committee urges the authorities to ensure that any
administrative and constituency border reform follows an inclusive
process, which takes into account the presence of persons belonging to a
national minority in the territory, their meaningful participation and
respect for their rights.
150. The Advisory Committee calls on the British-Irish Council to
address actively the Cornish language in its work and to endeavour to
involve the Cornwall authorities, in part by creating an institutional
presence for Cornwall in the Council and by promoting bilateral
relations between the Cornwall authorities and other language