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Juliana Hoxha: “Roma should be part of the priority-setting process.”

writenWritten the 20/05/2015
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On the occasion of the 28th Congress Session, Congress member and municipal councilor from Tirana (Albania) Juliana Hoxha expressed her thoughts on various issues Roma are still facing in Albania. Although Roma in some places represent a significant electoral force, they remain largely marginalized when talking about effective participation...
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The municipality of Tivat is the 127th participant of the Alliance

writenWritten the 06/05/2015
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While the municipality of Tivat has just 14.111 inhabitants, nearly 400 of them are Roma or Egyptians. The Local Action Plan, created 2011 in cooperation with the Association of Egyptians and the NGO ‘CSO Young Roma’, shows Tivat’s motivation to tackle the exclusion of Roma from multiple perspectives.

Tivat successfully...
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Call for participation: 5th Dosta!-Congress Prize for municipalities

writenWritten the 27/04/2015

The 2015 edition of the Dosta!-Congress Prize is now launched and the call for application has started! Every municipality and city from the Council of Europe’s 47 member states is eligible to submit an application form.

This bi-annual prize is awarded by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to municipalities and cities...
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Alliance will participate in AER’s Equal Opportunity Forum

writenWritten the 13/04/2015
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On 21 April the Assembly of European Regions (AER) will organize its first Equal Opportunities Forum in 2015 in Strasbourg, dedicated to Roma Inclusion.

This Forum aims at setting up a network of regions and stakeholders willing to work on a project for Roma integration through education.

The Alliance of Cities and...
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Jean-Claude Frécon: ''Roma inclusion demands real efforts by towns and regions''

writenWritten the 08/04/2015
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"Roma inclusion demands real efforts on the part of towns and regions: it is on their territories and with their infrastructure that practical responses can be provided'', Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, said on the occasion of International Roma Day on 8 April 2015. ''These efforts are central to the Alliance for Roma...
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A European Roma Institute

writenWritten the 27/03/2015

The idea of a ‘European Roma Institute’ (ERI) seems to become concrete, as George Soros, President of the Open Society Foundation, and Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, reached an agreement to realize this innovative research institution. With the publication of a Read more

The Alliance welcomes Anderlecht among its participants

writenWritten the 20/03/2015
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The Alliance is pleased to welcome the Belgian city of Anderlecht as the 126th participant. Anderlecht is situated in the region of Brussels-capital. With 113.183 inhabitants it is one of the biggest cities in Belgium.

Since 2011, there is an action plan, set up by the local authorities, favouring the inclusion of the resident...
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Alliance to participate in UNESCO roundtable on racism & discrimination

writenWritten the 13/03/2015
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On 19 March the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR), an initiative of the UNESCO, will organize a roundtable event on “Fighting Racism and Discrimination: History, Memory and Contemporary Challenges”. Part of the roundtable discussion will be a panel about proven practices to combat discrimination. The European Alliance...
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Alliance’s 3rd national seminar for Roma Inclusion in Spain

writenWritten the 25/02/2015
(c) CoE

On 17th February the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion in cooperation with the city of Malaga hosted a national seminar in Spain on the topic of access to European funds. Among the participants were representatives of all Spanish regions, the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante &...
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Daugavpils: the first new participant of the Alliance in 2015

writenWritten the 24/02/2015
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The European Alliance of cities and regions for Roma Inclusion welcomes the city of Daugavpils among its participants. Daugavpils is a city in the South of Latvia with almost 100.000 inhabitants. The work on Roma Inclusion concentrates at the level of the department of the education, which allowed the admission of 120 young Roma in...
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Alliance 3rd national workshop in Spain about access to European Structural Funds, Malaga, 17 February 2015

writenWritten the 06/02/2015
(c) CoE

On 17th February 2015, the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion organizes for the third time a national seminar in Spain on access of local and regional authorities to European investment and structural funds. Manuel LEZERTUA, Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities will participate in the event, which...
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Overcoming barriers by listening to young Roma

writenWritten the 18/12/2014
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John Warmisham is the Congress’ Rapporteur for Roma issues. In this interview he explains the importance of making efforts to include Roma Youth at local and regional level. The voice of Roma, especially the one of young Roma leaders, has to have a place, as stated by the Congress’ Recommendation 354 (2014) on ‘Empowering Youth through...
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The greek city of Megara is the newest Alliance participant

writenWritten the 05/12/2014
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The European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion is happy to announce its 124th participant, as the Greek city of Megara decided to join the initiative to learn mutually about Roma inclusion. In his letter to Congress President Jean-Claude Frécon, mayor Stamoulis Grigorios wrote that the city of Megara undertakes numerous...
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Interview with Dobrica Milovanovic: “Narrowly focused interventions do not bring big changes.”

writenWritten the 25/11/2014
(c) CoE

In an interview with the Alliance for Roma Inclusion, Congress member Dobrica Milovanovic from Serbia advocates for a comprehensive approach to Roma Inclusion on local level, to avoid merely temporary achievements. According to him, it is crucial to adopt an approach that features multiple stakeholders and perspectives. He refers to the good...
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Interview w Ludmila Sfirloaga on Roma Inclusion

writenWritten the 22/10/2014

On the occasion of the 27th Congress Session, Congress Bureau member Ludmila Sfirloaga stated why she thinks cities and regions from Europe should join the Alliance for Roma Inclusion in order to integrate Roma into mainstream society. Mrs. Sfirloaga is a regional councillor of Prahova, Romania, where also the newest Alliance participant...
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Romanian city of Ploiesti newest participant of the Alliance

writenWritten the 15/10/2014
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The city of Ploiesti, Romania, joined the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion to raise its number of participants to 123. Mayor Iulian Badescu writes in his letter to Congress-President van Staa that Ploiesti “intends to make efforts in order to increase the visibility of the Roma community issues by involving...
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Alliance strategic guidelines for the period 2014/2020 formally endorsed by the Congress Bureau

writenWritten the 11/09/2014

After a preliminary examination in June 2014 and subsequent amendments based on feedbacks from participating cities and regions, the Alliance strategic guidelines for the period of 2014-2020 have been officially approved by the Congress-Bureau on 8 September 2014. Those guidelines will be discussed at the first biennial conference of the...
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Alliance participants invited to high-level conference taking stock of Joint European Commission/Council of Europe ROMACT Programme, Brussels, 2-3 October 2014

writenWritten the 31/07/2014

The cities and regions participating in the Alliance have all been invited to participate in a high-level conference, to be organised by the European Commission with the support of the Council of Europe, on 2 and 3 October 2014 in Brussels.

This conference will take stock of progress and lessons learnt from the first year of...
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Alliance Cities and Regions strengthen their cooperation

writenWritten the 01/07/2014

In addition to preparing strategic guidelines on Alliance internal functioning and future activities, the Alliance participants have agreed to strengthen their cooperation through the use of an intranet website, to be put online in the course of July. This tool will allow them to be most effective in sharing key...
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John Warmisham presented Alliance Strategic Guidelines to the Congress Bureau Meeting in Baku, 17 June 2014

writenWritten the 13/06/2014

At the meeting of the Bureau of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities in Baku (Azerbaijan) on 17 June 2014, John Warmisham, Congress Vice-President and Rapporteur on Roma issues presented a strategic document of the Alliance that defines key areas of activity for the upcoming years, as well as guidelines...
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Alliance Taskforce participated in EGAM conference in Prague, 12-15 June 2014

writenWritten the 13/06/2014

The Alliance Taskforce participated at an international conference of the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement (EGAM) in Prague, 12-15 June 2014, that addressed the rise in racist violence and hate speech against Roma communities across Europe. The participants also exchanged views on the success and lessons...
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Congress Secretary General and Alliance Taskforce meet a delegation of Bulgarian mayors to discuss Roma inclusion

writenWritten the 05/06/2014

On 4 June 2014, the Congress Secretary General Andreas Kiefer and the Alliance Taskforce meet with a group of 56 Mayors from Bulgaria and the Bulgarian Ambassador to the Council of Europe Krassimira Beshkova to discuss Congress monitoring of local and regional democracy but also the role of local and regional...
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Alliance 2nd national workshop in Spain to discuss access to European Structural Funds, Madrid, 28 May 2014

writenWritten the 22/05/2014

The European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion held its 2nd Spanish national on 28 May 2014 in Madrid to discuss improved access of local and regional authorities to  European structural and investments funds.

This event was organised in cooperation with...
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Alliance invited to the ECRI seminar on the fight against racism and intolerance at local level

writenWritten the 21/05/2014

The Alliance participated in the seminar of the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) on the role of national Specialised Bodies in supporting local authorities in the fight against racism and intolerance, held in Strasbourg on 22-23 May 2014. The Alliance representative, Mr Denis HUBER,...
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The Alliance participated in the 7th CAHROM meeting, 14-16 May

writenWritten the 14/05/2014

The Alliance Taskforce has participated in the 7th meeting of the Ad Hoc Committee of Experts on Roma Issues (CAHROM) that took place on 14-16 May 2014 in Strasbourg. On 14th May Denis Huber, Executive Secretary of the Chamber of Regions and Head of the Department for...
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