Juliana Hoxha: “Roma should be part of the priority-setting process.”
On the occasion of the 28th Congress Session, Congress member and municipal councilor from Tirana (Albania) Juliana Hoxha expressed her thoughts on various issues Roma are still facing in Albania. Although Roma in some places represent a significant electoral force, they remain largely marginalized when talking about effective participation in decision making and also as targets of public policies.
Ms. Hoxha thus explained why the local government level is important in order to carry out effective inclusion policies. In this sense, administrative and decentralization reforms underway in Albania should allow local authorities to get greater leeway and give more spaces for Roma participation in democratic life. This also implies giving the local authorities the capacities to understand the reality and the complexity of Roma-related issues. At the same time, it should enable Roma to gain for themselves the tools to effectively participate in the democratic life.