Dosta! Congress Prize
Honouring municipalities' efforts for Roma inclusion
The Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities is an award created by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and has been given to municipalities and regions every two years since 2007. It honours their creative and innovative initiatives to ensure diversity in community life and the active democratic participation of Roma and Travellers. As a joint prize between the Dosta! Campaign of the Council of Europe and the Congress, the prize is awarded during the sessions of the Congress.
"Dosta!" means "enough" in the dialect of Romani that is widely used in the Balkans, where the Dosta! Campaign was launched. It signals to end discrimination and exclusion of Roma and Travellers in Europe.
The 5th Dosta! Congress prize for municipalities was given on Wednesday, 21 October, to Ghent (BE), Kragujevac (RS), Reggio nell' Emilia (IT) and Madrid (ES) for their efforts for Roma inclusion
Four cities were honoured with the 5th edition of the Dosta! Congress Prize, an award that is given to municipalities every two years for their commitment to inclusion of Roma and Travellers. On the first place came Ghent (Belgium), tied on the 2nd place are ex-aequo Kragujevac (Serbia) and Reggio nell’ Emilia (Italy). The 3rd place went to Madrid (Spain).
More on the first place, the City of Ghent (Belgium).
More on the second place (ex-aequo), the City of Kragujevac (Serbia).
More on the second place (ex-aequo), the City of Reggio nell' Emilia (Italy).
More on the third place, the City of Madrid (Spain).
4th Dosta! Congress Prize - 2013
The Dosta!-Congress Prize has been awarded to three local and regional authorities to recognize their excellent efforts for participatory and innovative work in combating anti-gypsyism and promoting the inclusion of Roma in political and social life. The municipality of Obrnice (Czech Republic) was awarded the first prize for a project using an integrated approach in the fields of education, housing, employment, social services, security and leisure activities. The second place has been awarded to the city of Heraklion (Greece), for its municipal program for Roma inclusion in the fields of education, trainings and anti-discrimination. Finally, the third prize was rewarded to the regional authority of Kocaeli (Turkey) for its varied campaign in the areas of education, training and culture.
3rd Dosta! Congress Prize - 2011
The ''3rd Dosta! - Congress Prize for Municipalities'' has been awarded to four communities as part of the Congress ' contribution to the Council of Europe's Dosta! Campaign. The winners : the communities of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Surcin, Belgrade (Serbia), as well as Southwark, Greater London (United Kingdom) and the Autonomous Community of Madrid (Spain), will receive the prize in the framework of the 21st Congress Session on 19 October 2011 at 18:30 at the headquaters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The ceremony will be attended by Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress, Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues, and Permanent Representatives from the Council of Europe member states of the prize winners. The prize, established in 2007, rewards municipalities which are distinguished for their participatory and innovative work in combating anti-Gypsyism and promoting the inclusion of Roma in political and social life.
2nd Dosta! Congress Prize - 2009
''This year's winning projects have sought to improve Roma housing and health care, educate children, provide counselling services and create employment opportunities through vocational training,'' stressed Congress President a.i. at the award ceremony of the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities, on 4 March. ''Such ingenuity and innovation in addressing the problems faced by Roma people, sometimes against a difficult background of prejudices and discriminatory attitudes, must be encouraged, rewarded and shared with others, which is the objective of this Prize,'' he said.
1st Dosta! Congress Prize - 2007
Three cities of South-East Europe winners of the ''Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities''
On the occasion of the ''Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities'' Henry Scicluna, of Europe co-ordinator for Roma issues, presented a diploma to the three cities winners of the ''Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities'' represented by Dragoljub Davidovic, Mayor of Banja Luka, Vlado Alilovic, Mayor of Vitez, and Snezana Mushitski, from the Municipality of Novi Sad. On this occasion, Congress President Halvdan Skard also handed them the Congress Medal, in recognition of their initiatives for Roma communities.