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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130 cities and regions from 29 countries

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Mr Tobias Mayr
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alliance@coe.int
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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.

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Declaration against anti-Gypsyism

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The Declaration is a landmark document to fight anti-Gypsyism at local and regional levels. Initiated by Mr Valeriu Nicolae, former Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe for Roma Issues, and Mr John Warmisham, Spokesperson on Roma and Traveller Issues of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, it gives local and regional authorities the possibility to clearly position themselves in the fight against anti-Gypsyism.

By signing signatories express their will to reject all forms of discrimination, violence or incitement to hate speech against Roma in their municipalities or regions. They refuse to display, publish or distribute in any way views and positions that could stir or incite anti-Roma sentiments. They declare to refrain from any political alliance building or co-operation with political parties that incite racial or ethnic prejudices. Rather they encourage members of the Roma and Travellers communities to become themselves active in the political representation, as representation of ethnic minority groups is an integral part of the democratic process.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities officially endorsed the Declaration against anti-Gypsyism during its 32nd Congress Session from 28 to 30 March 2017.


How to sign the Declaration?

The Declaration can be signed online. You are signing the Declaration on behalf of your municipality or region. Please click on the button below and fill in the requested data. Once we have received your signature, we will send you a confirmation by email and add your municipality or region to the signatory list. Please note that only elected representatives can sign the Declaration.

Alternatively you can download the Declaration below in one of our 34 languages and sign it on paper. Please send a scanned copy of the signed document to the Alliance Secretariat: alliance@coe.int. You will then receive a confirmation email.

In case you do not receive the confirmation email or you have questions regarding the signing procedure, please do not hesitate to contact the Alliance Secretariat.


Who has signed the Declaration?

Dozens of municipalities and regions from all over Europe have signed the Declaration.

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Download the Declaration

The Declaration is available in 34 languages. You may download the Declaration as a PDF file by clicking on the link.