The interest in the Polish minority in Lithuania is still growing, even on the international stage. Dr László Marácz has analysed the situation of Polish people in Lithuania. The author of the article “Poles in Lithuania” observes that recently Polish-Lithuanian relations are very tense. Moreover, Brussels and Washington are also dissatisfied with the ensuing situation between the two countries. Even non-aligned Sweden is concerned. OSCE High Commissioner for Minorities Kurt Vollebaek was sent to Lithuania in order to settle this conflict. However, so far, he has not accomplished anything satisfactory. He was informed by Lithuania that the legislation concerning local laws of Poles won’t be changed by the Seimas of the Lithuanian Republic.
According to dr Marácz, the security issues in the Baltic region are so big that the matter of the Polish minority in Lithuania needs serious mediation and negotiations.
The published article is the result of EFHR participation in the conference on minority representation and minority language rights (for more information see: http://www.efhr.eu/2012/10/15/efhr-na-konferencji-minority-representation-and-minority-language-rights/)
The Foundation is happy to participate in international conferences because it means not only having the opportunity to improve ourselves and to gain necessary experience working in a multicultural environment but also to broach current issues at the international level.
Translated by Justyna Kaczmarek within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.