Diversity and the Law of the European Union
Since 1993 the respect for and the protection of minorities has been one of the political accession criteria of the European Union. The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights invokes respect for cultural and linguistic diversity. The last decade in particular brought questions of anti-discrimination, immigration, integration and intercultural understanding to the forefront of EU-politics. The issue of "diversity management" has become an issue of European interest.
Nevertheless many questions remain unanswered. What forms of diversity should the EU respect? The diversity between its member states or also the diversity within these states themselves? Which means should the EU have at its disposal in order to fulfil this task? Does something like European diversity management already existence? What role do national identities play? What about European fundamental rights? These and other questions stand at the core of this research area.
The Platform for an Enriching Culturally and Ethnically Diverse Europe (PECEDE) complemented the research activities by organizing conferences, strengthening a network of NGOs and experts, and drafting a proposal of policy-relevant measures to the EU in the “Bolzano/Bozen Declaration on the Protection of Minorities in the Enlarged European Union”.