Three cities awarded the 2012 “Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities”
Strasbourg, 16.10.2013 – The “Dosta! - Congress Prize for Municipalities” for 2012 has been awarded to three cities, as part of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities’ contribution to the Council of Europe’s Dosta! Campaign(*). 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. It symbolises the firm commitment of both the Dosta! campaign and the Congress to the strengthening of the role of local and regional authorities in the field of Roma and minority rights’ protection and a wish to highlight the excellent work carried out by communities.
The jury, composed of 7 personalities from the Council of Europe including the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Congress of Local and Regional Autorities; the European Roma and Travellers Forum and Ms Fanny Ardant, the patron of the Dosta! campaign,, has examined 12 applications from Western and Eastern European countries shortlisted out of numerous applications received during this summer. The hope is that by showcasing such initiatives a series of good practices can be compiled that can be an inspiration to other municipalities and regions.
The winners of the fourth edition of the “Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities” are the cities of : Obrnice, (Czech Republic) for the First Prize, Heraklion (Greece) for the Second Prize and Kocaeli Metropolitan Minicipality (Turkey) for the Third Prize.
Representatives of the winning municipalities will receive the Prize at the ceremony which will take place on 30 October 2013, at the Council of Europe Headquarters in Strasbourg. The ceremony will be attended by the President of the jury and Permanent Representatives from the Council of Europe member states of the prize winners.
The ceremony is open to the Press.
Ana Rozanova, ROMACT Project, European Alliance of Cities and Regions for Roma Inclusion ; Tel. + 33 (0)3 90 21 56 84 ; [email protected]
Eleni Tsetsekou, Administrator, Support Team of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Roma Issues, [email protected]