Work advances to launch European Alliance for Roma Inclusion
Practical aspects of the future European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion as well as its mandate, structure, the general frame for membership and possible activities were discussed at a meeting in Strasbourg on 22 February 2012. This was the second meeting of the Core Group of local and regional elected representatives working to prepare the launch of the Alliance in the second half of 2012. Following the decision by the Summit of Mayors on Roma in September 2011, the Alliance has become a common project of the Congress and the Special Representative of the Council of Europe Secretary General for Roma issues, supported also by external partners such as the European Commission, the Open Society Foundations and the Assembly of European Regions. The next preparatory meeting will take place on 7 June 2012.