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Kick-off Conference for a Greek Roma network

writenWritten the 24/01/2018

Together with the Central Union of municipalities and communities of Greece (KEDE), the Alliance plans a kick- off conference for launching a Greek Roma network. This network would revive the old Rom network that previously existed and spearhead the fight against anti-Gypsyism at the local level and...
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Meeting of the Ukrainian Alliance for Roma Inclusion

calendarFrom 16/11/2017 to 17/11/2017

Meeting of the Ukrainian Alliance for Roma in Kiev


On Thursday, 16 and Friday, 17 November 2017 the Ukrainian Alliance for Roma Inclusion, which was launched by the European Alliance for Cities and...
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The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopts a new recommendation to member States, namely CM/Rec(2017)10 on improving access to justice for Roma and Travellers in Europe

writenWritten the 23/10/2017

On 17 October 2017, the Ministers’ Deputies adopted a new recommendation concerning the facilitation of equal access to justice and court for Roma and Travellers. Particular attention is paid to the situation of people suffering from intersectional discrimination, such as women and girls, young people and people with...
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The 6th Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities and its 10th anniversary

calendarThe 19/10/2017

The Dosta! Congress Prize for municipalities was awarded on Thursday, 19 October, to Şişli (TR), Volos (GR) and Gliwice (PL) for their efforts for Roma inclusion.


The Dosta Congress Prize for Municipalities is awarded btwice a year since 2007. The prize rewards, innovative projects that tackle...
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DOSTA! Congress Prize - Deadline Extended

writenWritten the 29/06/2017

Extension of the deadline for applications

Due to requests of several municipalities the application deadline for the 6th DOSTA! Congress Prize has been extended until the 21st of July. Local and regional authorities are invited to apply for the 10 year anniversary of the DOSTA! Congress Prize!

Later this year, in...
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6th Dosta! Congress Prize

writenWritten the 09/05/2017

The Dosta!Congress Prize

Later this year, in October, the Dosta!Congress Prize will be awarded the 6th time. "Dosta!" means "enough" in the dialect of Romani that is widely used in the Balkans, where the Dosta! Campaign was launched. It signals to end discrimination and exclusion of Roma and Travellers in Europe. The Prize is a...
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Declaration against anti-Gypsyism

writenWritten the 27/03/2017

At the 32nd Congress Session (28-30 March), a “Declaration of Mayors and Elected Local and Regional Representatives of Council of Europe Member States against anti-Gypsyism” will be presented by John Warmisham the Congress Spokesperson for Roma Issues. The Congress and the Alliance call mayors and elected representatives of local and...
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Alliance supports political participation of Roma in Bosnia and Herzegovina

writenWritten the 16/12/2016

Participation of Roma in decision-making processes is crucial to advance the Inclusion of Roma. Policies, projects and  strategies will be more succesful if Roma are included in the decision making process in order to ensure that the needs of the Roma communities are well adressed.

Collaborative workshops in Bosnia and...
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Dosta! & UEFA Respect! campaign

writenWritten the 16/12/2016
The Bureau of the Congress with the SRSG for Roma Issues

At its meeting on 1 and 2 December 2016, the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe invited the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues, Mr. Valeriu Nicolae, to...
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John Warmisham: We need politicians of all levels to fight anti-Gypsyism

writenWritten the 28/10/2016

Last week, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities adopted a resolution, recommendation and report on the situation of Roma and Travellers in the context of rising...
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"Don't focus on victimisation, empower the Roma!"

writenWritten the 14/10/2016

During the 30th Congress session in March 2016, we interviewed two youth delegates, Nina Panikova (Slovak Republic), and Lena Vybíralová (Czech Republic). Nina participated at the Environment Forum of her university in Banská Bystrica, and did an internship at the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) in Vienna. Lena studies International...
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Call for participants for training course on combating anti-Gypsyism through human rights education

writenWritten the 14/10/2016

Call for participants: “Mirrors” regional training course on combating anti-Gypsyism through human rights education

The Youth Department of the Council of Europe under the framework of the Roma Youth Action Plan is organising a regional training course on combating anti-Gypsyism through human rights education which will be held...
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Young Roma activists: Call for workshop participants

writenWritten the 29/09/2016

The Council of Europe Youth Department is looking for participants for a training course on combating anti-Gypsyism through human rights education and youth participation to be held from 3 to 8 November 2016 in Odessa, Ukraine. Young Roma activists from Belarus, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation,...
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Call for Nominations - European Roma Spirit Award 2016

writenWritten the 07/09/2016
ERSA 2016

In June, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks, visited Slovakia. His visit did not only focus on human rights and their implementation in general but also addressed the pressing issues concerning Roma in Slovakia, such as police violence against Roma, the prevailing discrimination within the...
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New Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues

writenWritten the 05/09/2016
Conseil de l'Europe

Strasbourg, 05.09.2016 - Valeriu Nicolae, a Romanian Roma, has taken up the post of Special Representative of the Secretary General (SRSG) of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues, on the first of september.

"It is a great honour and responsibility for me to join the team of the Secretary General," said Nicolae. "Since 1999, I have...
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ROMACT calls for municipalities and intercultural trainers

writenWritten the 26/07/2016

ROMACT, a joint programme between the European Commission and the Council of Europe strengthening the social inclusion capacities of local authorities, launched a new call for submissions for its new transnational cooperation component . The aim of the new component is to assist local authorities in better integrating marginalised people, in...
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Stop evictions of Roma and Travellers

writenWritten the 29/06/2016
Bruno Amsellen

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29 June 2016, Strasbourg – Traditionally, summer holidays coincide with the eviction of Roma and Travellers throughout Europe, which takes place almost unnoticed.

The Office of the United Nations High...
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Anti-racism Commission calls on Italy to strengthen fight against hate speech and racial discrimination

writenWritten the 14/06/2016

The European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) last week published its fifth report on Italy in which it analyses recent developments and outstanding issues and makes recommendations to the...
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Revised Strategic Guidelines approved by the Congress Bureau

writenWritten the 01/04/2016
CoE; meeting of the Congress Bureau

At its most recent meeting, that took place on 21 March 2016,  one day before the start of the 30th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, the Congress Bureau adopted a revised version of the Strategic Guidelines for the Alliance. The document serves as a programmatic outline of the work of the Alliance, emphasising...
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States should sanction the use of hate speech, while safeguarding freedom of expression, says Council of Europe anti-racism commission

writenWritten the 24/03/2016

Strasbourg, 21 March 2016 – Encouraging speedy reactions by public figures to hate speech, promoting self-regulation of media, raising awareness of the dangerous consequences of hate speech, withdrawing financial and other support from political parties that actively use hate speech and criminalising its most extreme manifestations, while...
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Racist acts by football supporters against Roma women cannot be accepted, says PACE anti-racism rapporteur

writenWritten the 18/03/2016

“In recent days, a number of hateful, racist acts have been perpetrated by football supporters in the streets of European cities (Madrid, Barcelona and Rome) against Roma women,” said Milena Santerini, the General Rapporteur against Racism and Intolerance for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). “They have been...
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Call for Proposals in ROMACT Programme

writenWritten the 01/03/2016

The ROMACT Programme is a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission to promote the integration of Roma at local level.

This call concerns a new component of the ROMACT programme which aims at assisting local authorities in better integrating marginalised people, in particular non-nationals of Roma...
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European countries must stop forced evictions of Roma

writenWritten the 16/02/2016

“Many Roma continue to face serious forms of discrimination and human rights violations by authorities at both national and local levels. In particular, forced evictions without due process and provision of adequate alternative housing continue unabated across Europe, in violation of member states' international human rights...
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First national seminar on Roma inclusion at the local level held in Lithuania in December 2015

writenWritten the 13/01/2016

The first national seminar on Roma inclusion took place on 17 December 2015 in Lithuania. 23 elected officials, senior civil servants from Lithuanian cities and regions met with government representatives, scholars and NGO representatives in the small village Trakai outside of Vilnius to exchange their experiences, know-how and best practices...
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5th November: International Day of Romani Language

writenWritten the 05/11/2015

Statement adopted by the Committee of Experts of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (ECRML) on 5 November 2015 on the occasion of the International Romani Language Day

Out of the 25 countries that have ratified the European Charter for Regional or...
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5th Dosta! Congress Prize for Roma inclusion awarded

writenWritten the 23/10/2015
CoE; winners of the 5th Dosta! Congress prize with members of the Jury

Four cities were honoured with the 5th edition of the Dosta! Congress Prize, an award that is given to municipalities every two years for their commitment to inclusion of Roma and Travellers. On the first place came Ghent (Belgium), tied on the 2nd place are ex-aequo Kragujevac (Serbia) and Reggio nell’ Emilia (Italy). The 3rd place went to...
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130th Alliance participants: Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria

writenWritten the 08/09/2015
Reggio Calabria

The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Mr. Jean-Claude Frécon, is happy that the Italian Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria became this week the 130th participant of the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion.

The Metropolitan City of Reggio Calabria is...
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2 August 2015: 71 years after the extermination of the "Zigeunerlager" in Auschwitz

writenWritten the 31/07/2015
Council of Europe. Mr Asmet Elezovski (Secretary of the European Roma and Travellers Forum), Ms Snezana Samardzic-Markovic (Director General of the Council of Europe's Directorate of Democracy) and Mr Gheorghe Raducanu (President at the Europea

On 2nd August 1944 2,897 Roma were murdered in the gas chambers when the so-called “Zigeunerlager” (“gypsy camp”) at Auschwitz – Birkenau was liquidated. On the occasion of the 71th anniversary of this sad date, the Alliance Taskforce took part in a commemorative ceremony organized by the European Roma...
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The Region of Andalusia is the 129th participant of the Alliance

writenWritten the 24/06/2015

With around half of all Spanish Roma living in the region (around 300 000 Roma), Andalusia is the region in Spain with the highest number of Roma. The European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion is happy to announce that it has accepted the accession of the Region of Andalusia, which now is its 129th participant. Andalusia...
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First National Seminar in Serbia on Roma Inclusion facilitated sharing of experiences and good-practices

writenWritten the 16/06/2015

Dusica Davidovic (Serbia, SOC), Stojanka Lekic (Serbia, EPP/CCE) and Fevzija Muric on behalf of Meho Mahmutovic (Serbia, SOC), Congress members, representatives of Serbian municipalities, and representatives of the Serbian Government participated in the First National Seminar in Serbia organised by the European Alliance of Cities and Regions...
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