Interview with Jean-Claude Frécon, Vice-President of the Congress: “The Alliance, a strong initiative which is experiencing a growing success”
In an interview to the French agency Newspress on 6. March 2014, Jean-Claude Frécon, Senator and Vice-President of the Congress, emphasized that it is the local level where practical problems are treated and issues of Roma inclusion can addressed. “It is much more in local communities that we encounter difficulties and where experiments are conducted and managed by the leaders of our communities,” he said.
This is why the Council of Europe’s Congress of Local and Regional Authorities established in 2013 the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion that aims to promote cooperation and exchange of experience and good practices between European local and regional authorities. “The Alliance is a strong initiative which is experiencing growing success with the accession of new cities and regions. It is a movement that is gaining momentum and is strongly supported by the Congress, being convinced that it is at local level that challenges of integration of Roma populations, stigmatized throughout Europe, can most effectively be dealt with”, he added.
Web link to the interview (French): http://www.newspress.fr/Communique_FR_276457_643.aspx.