Jean-Claude Frécon: ''Roma inclusion demands real efforts by towns and regions''
"Roma inclusion demands real efforts on the part of towns and regions: it is on their territories and with their infrastructure that practical responses can be provided'', Jean-Claude Frécon, President of the Congress, said on the occasion of International Roma Day on 8 April 2015. ''These efforts are central to the Alliance for Roma Inclusion initiated by the Congress, which now brings together almost 130 towns and regions throughout Europe'', he said, while highlighting the need for co-ordination between the Alliance and the ROMACT and ROMED programmes. The latter are designed respectively to help local and regional authorities to implement Roma inclusion policies and to step up the participation of the Roma community through mediation. The Alliance is a unique platform whose main purpose is to foster exchanges of best practices on Roma inclusion between the participating towns and regions.