The "Alliance" fights discrimination against Roma at the local and regional levels, promotes their inclusion and raises awareness of these communities among local and regional authorities.

The Alliance operates under the auspices of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.

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130 cities and regions from 29 countries

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The term “Roma and Travellers” is used at the Council of Europe to encompass the wide diversity of the groups covered by the work of the Council of Europe in this field including Roma, Sinti/Manush, Calé, Kaale, Romanichals, Boyash/Rudari, Balkan Egyptians (Egyptians and Ashkali), Eastern groups (Dom, Lom and Abdal), groups such as Travellers, Yenish, and the populations designated under the administrative term “Gens du voyage”, as well as persons who identify themselves as Gypsies.


The greek city of Megara is the newest Alliance participant

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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 efforts to integrate Roma, for example a housing program and a ‘Health-Social Center’.

Introduced in 2014, a new ‘Support Center for Roma and Vulnerable Groups’ opened its doors. This Support Center successfully uses European funds and hosts a number of experts to help include Roma and other disadvantaged groups. The overall goals of the Support Center are to reduce exlusion, to facilitate Roma by helping them in juristic matters and to help small entrepreneurs to organize their businesses and train unemployed in economic activities. To achieve these goals the Support Center employs a Sociologist, a Psychologist, a lawyer, an economist, a Doctor, a Trainer and a Roma facilitator.

The Alliance welcomes the city of Megara and hopes that it can benefit from this network.

The city of Megara is located 40km west of Athens, with a total population of 40.000 people. The number of Roma in Megara, according to unofficial data, is about 1.800.