DOSTA! - Congress Prize
Following the success of the previous editions (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2015), the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is once again partnering with the Dosta!-Campaign as part of their ongoing work to strengthen the role of local authorities in assisting and protecting the rights of Roma and Travellers.
The Dosta!-Congress Prize is awarded to three municipalities from Council of Europe member States that have implemented innovative and creative initiatives to effectively ensure the long-term integration of the Roma and Traveller communities within their borders, while respecting the diversity of these communities and ensuring their active participation in democratic life.
The top three projects will receive the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities during a ceremony organised on the occasion of the Congress’ 33rd Plenary Session which will take place at the headquarters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg in October 2017.
As a joint project between the Congress for Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe and the SRSG for Roma Issues, the Alliance of Cities and Regions for the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers is a network of over 130 municipalities. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Alliance, please answer the questionnaire.
A “Declaration of mayors and elected local and regional representatives of Council of Europe member states against anti-Gypsyism” has been issued recently and gives municipalities the chance to explicitly stand up against anti-Gypsyism. Signature of the Declaration here. If you require the Declaration in another language, do not hesitate to contact the Alliance Secretariat at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prize for Municipalities - Call for Participation
The 6th edition of the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities is now open.
The competition is open to municipalities/local authorities from Council of Europe member States who have run projects in 2015 and 2016 targeting Roma and/or Travellers, whether they be nationals or more recent migrants.
Criteria for participation
- Local authorities should be the main stakeholders of the initiative. Projects should be innovative in their field of action and be transferable as a model of good practice for implementation by municipalities elsewhere.
In addition, submitted projects or initiatives should fulfil at least two of the following criteria:
- Raise, directly or indirectly, public awareness on Roma rights and culture in order to combat stereotypes and prejudice toward Roma (through the media, educational systems and institutions, and local authorities)
- Improve the effective access of Roma to social and cultural rights (in particular through education)
- Promote intercultural and inter-ethnic dialogue
- Promote diversity in community life
- Promote active democratic participation
When and how to apply?
Applications must be submitted by using one of the following methods:
- Downloading, completing and sending by post the Application Form or by
- Completing and submitting the on-line Application Form
Applications should be accompanied by the following documents:
- Proof of budgetary allocation from the local authority and
- Proof of active participation of Roma and/or Travellers communities in the targeted activities
Applications by post shoud be sent to:
- Mr Valentin Unger
- Secretariat of the Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion
- Congress of Local and Regional Authorities
- Council of Europe
- F-67075 Strasbourg Cedex, France
The deadline for submission of applications is extended until 21 July 2017
Mr Valentin Unger
European Alliance of Cities and Regions for the Inclusion of Roma and Travellers
+33 3 90 21 63 94
The Council of Europe’s Support Team to the special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues, in cooperation with the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities and the European Roma and Travellers Forum based in Strasbourg, will be responsible for shortlisting the submitted projects/initiatives. Checks on the shortlisted projects are also planned.
Award winners will then be nominated by an international jury composed of personalities in charge of issues relating to Roma and Travellers, as well as Roma representatives.