Council of Europe Secretary General, Committee of Ministers, and Parliamentary Assembly President reaffirm support for Alliance
At the 26th Session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe 25-27 March 2014, the Alliance has received important political support. Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland said on 25 March: “When it comes to the Roma, I would like to again congratulate you in the Congress for what you are doing. The network, the Alliance, is of great importance. It has my full support.” He emphasised that “financing the activities is important” and expressed his willingness to contribute to securing the necessary resources.
Austrian Federal Minister Andrä Rupprechter, representing the Committee of Ministers, stated on 25 March that “the Committee of Ministers supports the Alliance and is ready to help in its development and sustainability. This can be done through joint programmes with the European Union, such as the ROMACT project, which has been implemented since October 2013 within the framework of the Alliance, or through voluntary contributions by member states. The Committee of Ministers will be advocating for both.”
On 26 March, Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe said the “Alliance of Cities and Regions provides a good platform for exchanging experiences and good practices between local and regional authorities. I would like to congratulate all those who are involved in the project.” She underlined the importance of decentralised action for Roma inclusion in Europe’s cities and regions.