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The city of Paris joins the European Alliance of Cities and Regions

‘’I welcome the decision by the city of Paris to join the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma inclusion, which has now 121 members.’’ stated Jean -Claude Frécon , Vice- President of the Congress on 18 December 2013, at the ceremony marking this event in the presence of Pierre Schapira and Claudine Bouygues, Deputy Mayors of Paris. “The Alliance was created following the recognition, at national and European level, that Roma integration is primarily an issue for local and regional authorities. The adhesion of the City of Paris clearly brings a political value, but our main concern is to achieve concrete progress on the ground. Political will is a key to success, as is our ability to create the necessary synergies at European, national, regional and local level so that our joint efforts can pay off,” he added. The Alliance brings together cities and regions which are prepared to make a commitment to running local programmes for Roma inclusion and it implements a joint Council of Europe/European Commission (ROMACT) project which aims to develop an integrated approach in this area combining housing, employment, education and health policies.