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Turkic minorities and communities came together in the 7th Annual Meeting of FUEN TAG

The 7th Annual Meeting of the Working Group of Turkic Minorities/Communities (TAG) of the Federal Union of European Nationalities (FUEN) was realised on 11 December 2021. Turkic minorities and communities that are members of FUEN attended through the online platform the meeting which was held online.

The Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF) and the Western Thrace Minority University Graduates Association (WTMUGA) representing the Turkish community in Western Thrace Rhodes, Kos and the Dodecanese Turks Culture and Solidarity Association (ROISDER) representing Rhodes and Kos Turks, the Social Organisation for Fostering and Development of the Karachay-Balkar Traditions (Bars El) representing the Karachay-Balkars, the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People representing the Crimean Tatars, the Kosovo Youth Union Association representing the Turks in Kosovo, the Tatar Democratic Union representing the Romanian Tatars and the Ukrainian Gagauz Union representing the Ukrainian Gagauz people all attended the 7th Annual Meeting of FUEN TAG.

At the meeting, which started with the opening speech of FUEN Vice President and FUEN TAG Spokesman Halit Habip Oğlu, Habip Oğlu indicated the developments related to FUEN and FUEN TAG and the activities carried out by FUEN since the last annual meeting in December 2020.

Following his opening speech, Naim Belgin, president of the Tatar Democratic Union which became a new member of FUEN during the FUEN Board of Delegates in September 2021, delivered a presentation on its establishment, its activities and the Tatar ethnic community in Romania. He further explained that The Tatar Democratic Union aims to preserve and maintain the native language, cultural identity, traditions and customs of the Tatar community in Romania, adding that it organises activities for children and young people for this purpose.

Following the presentation, the participating organisations conveyed important developments related to the Turkic minorities and communities they represent and their current issues and their work and activities.

In the second part of the meeting, the theme of the meeting was education, mother tongue, and the importance of teaching and using minority languages in the public sphere for an inclusive society within the framework of the linguistic rights of Turkic minorities and communities were discussed.

The participating organisations conveyed the practices of teaching the mother tongue within the framework of the linguistic rights of the Turkic minorities and communities they represent in their countries of residence and the use of Turkish in the public sphere at the local, regional and national level with education in the mother tongue.

The meeting ended with the discussion of FUEN TAG’s activities for 2022 and the determination of a common roadmap.

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