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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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.


Overcoming barriers by listening to young Roma

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John Warmisham

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 participation’. John Warmisham as municipal councilor in England states that his role is to go to meet and listen to them. For him, making a commitment for a better understanding of Roma is to maintain a close link, in particular by emphasizing the Roma culture. The  European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion, in his opinion, is a fantastic way for local and regional authorities to engage in the exchange of best practices for Roma inclusion.