Dosta! - Congress Prize for Municipalities
for the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities
is organised by the Dosta!
campaign and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe as part
of their ongoing work to strengthen the role of local authorities in
the field of Roma and minority rights’ protection.
The competition is open
to municipalities and local authorities from Council of Europe member
states who have run projects targeting the Roma population.
Prize is awarded to three municipalities whose creative and innovative initiatives most
effectively ensure diversity in community life and the active
democratic participation of the Roma.
The ''3rd Dosta! - Congress Prize for Municipalities'' has been awarded to four communities as part of the Congress ' contribution to the Council of Europe's Dosta! Campaign. The winners : the communities of Jyväskylä (Finland) and Surcin, Belgrade (Serbia), as well as Southwark, Greater London (United Kingdom) and the Autonomous Community of Madrid (Spain), will receive the prize in the framework of the 21st Congress Session on 19 October 2011 at 18:30 at the headquaters of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. The ceremony will be attended by Keith Whitmore, President of the Congress, Jeroen Schokkenbroek, Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues, and Permanent Representatives from the Council of Europe member states of the prize winners. The prize, established in 2007, rewards municipalities which are distinguished for their participatory and innovative work in combating anti-Gypsyism and promoting the inclusion of Roma in political and social life.
Ian Micallef: ''Building a cohesive community includes raising awareness of Roma rights and culture
''This year's winning projects have sought to improve Roma housing and health care, educate children, provide counselling services and create employment opportunities through vocational training,'' stressed Congress President a.i. at the award ceremony of the Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities, on 4 March. ''Such ingenuity and innovation in addressing the problems faced by Roma people, sometimes against a difficult background of prejudices and discriminatory attitudes, must be encouraged, rewarded and shared with others, which is the objective of this Prize,'' he said.
Three cities of South-East Europe winners of the ''Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities''
On the occasion of the ''Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities'' Henry Scicluna, of Europe co-ordinator for Roma issues, presented a diploma to the three cities winners of the ''Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities'' represented by Dragoljub Davidovic, Mayor of Banja Luka, Vlado Alilovic, Mayor of Vitez, and Snezana Mushitski, from the Municipality of Novi Sad. On this occasion, Congress President Halvdan Skard also handed them the Congress Medal, in recognition of their initiatives for Roma communities.