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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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.


Mayors Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma Inclusion Awards

On 11-12 October 2012 in Budapest, the MERI network awarded mayors for best practices in using EU and other donor funds for Roma Inclusion in the areas of education, employment, health, housing and public utilities. John Warmisham, Thematic Rapporteur of the Congress on Roma/Travellers, took part in the award ceremony, which was held under the patronage of László Andor, EU Commissioner responsible for employment, social affairs and inclusion. The OSI-MERI network aims at implementing projects to integrate and include socially disadvantaged groups at local level, with a special focus on Roma and will work in cooperation with the Council of Europe’s Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion, as well as other networks and associations committed to Roma inclusion.