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.


Alliance’s 3rd national seminar for Roma Inclusion in Spain

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On 17th February the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion in cooperation with the city of Malaga hosted a national seminar in Spain on the topic of access to European funds. Among the participants were representatives of all Spanish regions, the cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante & Malaga.


The two main points on the agenda were firstly a presentation by experts of the European Commission and secondly a best practice sharing session between the attendees. The European Commission’s experts of the Directorates General for Urban Development and Employment, as well as a representative of the Spanish ministry of social security presented the process of how to apply for European funds. This very technical issue aimed at helping regions and municipalities in Spain to facilitate Roma inclusion with the help of funds, in order to realize projects in various fields in favor of Roma.


The second session provided a platform for participants to share proven practices with each other, in order to fuel mutual learning and benefit from each other’s experience. An ensuing panel discussion with a representative from Madrid’s department for infrastructure and community life, a representative of the city of Malaga and the director of the Urban Environment Observatory debated the opportunities arising from such good practices.


The Alliance for Roma Inclusion was represented by Mr. Manuel Lezertua, Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities. He addressed the participants of the seminar to urge them to take action in favor of Roma inclusion, also by using the knowledge resulting from this national seminar in Malaga. In particular he emphasized the Alliance’s willingness to support regions and municipalities in Europe by providing a platform for mutual learning.



On the picture, from left to right:

- Mr. D. Isidro Rodríguez, Director of the Fundación Secretariado Gitano. 

- Mrs. Ana Mª Rey Merino, Secretary General of the department for Social Policies, Junta of Andalucía. 

- Mr. D. Francisco de la Torre. mayor of Malaga

- Mrs. Dolores Ruiz, Deputy Secretary General for Social Programmes, Ministry of Health, Social Services and Equality

- Mr. Manuel Lezertua, Director of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe