6th Dosta! Congress Prize
The Dosta!Congress Prize
Later this year, in October, the Dosta!Congress Prize will be awarded the 6th time. "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 Prize is a joint project between the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the Dosta!-Campaign. The Prize is awarded to municipalities that have achieved especially outstanding results concerning Roma Inclusion. Policies that are innovative and impactful have been chosen in the past. The international high-level jury is composed of representatives of the Council of Europe and the European Roma Travellers Forum. The application is open until the 28th of June.
The prize has been given to municipalities every two years since 2007. Winners include Ghent (Belgium), Obrnice (Czech Republic), Jyväskylä (Finland) exaequo with Surcin (Belgrade, Serbia), Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) exaequo with Prijedor (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). The projects that won in the past where focused on different issues such as education, housing, health and the fight against anti-Gypsyism.
The Dosta!Congress Prize will continue to be an important prize acknowledging the work of local and regional authorities concerning Roma Inclusion. We urge all municipalities who fulfil the criteria to apply with a project that was implemented in the past two years. The first three municipalities will be invited to Strasbourg to receive their respective prizes at the 33rd Session (18-20 October) of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe.