RAINBOW was recently in contact with European Union Parliamentarians as well as with representatives of other European institutions. As a result of this cooperation a member of the European Parliament, Madame Nelly Maes of Holland, presented an application before the Commission on January 21, 1999.
The application was in accordance with parliamentary procedure and was in regard to the use of the Macedonian language in Greece. This is the first time since Greece became a member of the European Union that a request relating to the use of the Macedonian language in Greece has been raised at such a high level. A formal response is expected from the Commission.
Translation of the question raised before the Council:
APPLICATION FOR RAISING A PARLIAMENTARY QUESTION
To: The Council of Ministers
Author: Nelly Maes
Subject: Request of the Slav-Macedonian Minority in Greece
Is it possible for the Council of Ministers to agree with the following requests of the Slav-Macedonian minority in Greece? If it does agree, then what will it undertake to ensure that the Greek government will satisfy these just requests? If the Council does not agree then what are the objections?
1. Recognition of the Macedonian language as an official minority language in Greece.
2. Implementation of the Macedonian literary language in the educational system of Greece, specifically in elementary and secondary education, and parallel with it the opening of Macedonian language cathedra for university education.
3. Establishing the Macedonian language in the government controlled mass media including radio and television programs that would be broadcast in those regions of Greece where the Macedonian language is spoken.
Signed by Parliamentarian Nelly Maes, Dated: January 21, 1999