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

Please note

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.


A European Roma Institute

The idea of a ‘European Roma Institute’ (ERI) seems to become concrete, as George Soros, President of the Open Society Foundation, and Thorbjorn Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, reached an agreement to realize this innovative research institution. With the publication of a joint article the two sides explained the motivation behind the creation of an ERI. To this day there existed no place in Europe dedicated especially to the research of Roma culture and traditions. An Alliance for the ERI will be created, where all the principle stakeholders will be represented, in order to create a truly collaborative project. This unique initiative will try to combat common stereotypes by educating the broad public about all aspects of Roma history and culture.

The Alliance of Cities and Regions for the Inclusion of Roma welcomes the realization of the European Roma Institute and is looking forward to exploring a possible co-operation.