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120 local and regional authorities now members of the Alliance

General Council of Val de Marne

The General Council of the French département of Val de Marne has just joined the European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion, bringing the membership up to 120 local and regional authorities. The General Council’s decision to join followed a visit by a delegation from the Val de Marne to Strasbourg on 10 June 2013.

The Alliance was launched in March 2013 at the instigation of the Congress and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, and brings together cities and regions which are prepared to make a commitment to running local programmes for Roma inclusion and tackling the prejudice and racism to which Roma are subjected.

In September 2013, the Alliance will begin implementing a new joint Council of Europe and European Commission project called ROMACT, the aim of which is to set up local Roma integration policies based on an approach combining housing, employment, education and health. It will focus initially on five countries (Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Romania and Slovakia) and draw on work already carried out by the Council of Europe (through its ROMED project) and by the Open Society Foundation (through its MERI programme).