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DOSTA! Congress Prize for Municipalities: Call for Participation

Following the success of the previous editions (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 & 2015), the is once again partnering with the 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.

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 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 28 June 2017

For more information please visit:

Ms Ardant, Dosta! ambassador

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