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28 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 19930)  

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Title Dosta! Congress Prize for Municipalities 
Description The Dosta!-Congress Prize for Municipalities is launched 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 Dosta!-Congress Prize will be awarded to three municipalities from the five participating South Eastern European countries whose creative and innovative initiatives most effectively ensure diversity in community life and the active democratic participation of the Roma.

Aside event will be organised on the occasion of the Automn session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, in order to reward the winners of the competiton 
Status Completed 
Date 01/06/2007 - 30/11/2007 
Location Strasbourg, Council of Europe
Countries CoE Members: Albania / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro / Serbia / ''the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia''
Regions: South-East Europe
  Joint Programme Activity - SEE-Roma
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP SEE-Roma - Advancing equality, tolerance and peace: Equal rights and treatment for Roma - EIDHR    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2005/DG3/JP/1629   SEE-Roma - Developing monitoring and communication tools of national programmes for Roma in South East Europe
Expected Result 1.2 - Strategies/action plans are transparent and visible through improved communication channels and the awareness-raising campaign has contributed to improve the image of Roma
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Social Cohesion
Line of Action ⇒ IV.1 – Ensuring social cohesion
Programme ☆ IV.1.6  Roma and Travellers
Project 2004/DG3/56 Develop and Follow-Up the Implementation of National Policies for Roma and Travellers
Expected Result 4 Awareness is raised at national and international levels about anti-Gypsyism as a growing form of racism in Europe and tools to combat it are developed

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Directorate (Service) Social Cohesion (Roma and Travellers Division)
CoE Contact D'ALESSANDRO, Ivana   email
Partners Congress of Local and Regional Authorities - Other
European Commission - International Governmental Organisation
Web Pages
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1 http://www.coe.int/t/dg3/romatravellers;
2 www.dosta.org  
Last Modified 07/12/2007 

Activity Synopsis (ID# 19930) (Hide Synopsis)

Output/Results 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. The prize was awarded in recognition of their commitment to promoting Roma political and social participation and combating discrimination. The prize highlights their work as examples of good practice.

The 1st Prize went to Banja Luka (BiH), for a project aiming at improving the educational conditions of Roma through the provision of scholarships, school books and other material; promoting cultural and sports activities by providing premises for these events.
The 2nd Prize went ex aequo to Vitez (BiH), for a project aiming at promoting the inclusion of Roma in the community life by building infrastructures (roads, houses) to connect the settlements with the city and by promoting cultural activities through the opening of “Culture clubs”;
and to Novi Sad (Serbia) for a project aiming at the following:
1. Support to integration and empowerment of position of Roma people in the city of Novi Sad;
2. Creating a strategic plan of improvement of position of Roma people with the purpose of stimulating their social integration;
3. Recommendation of individual action plans for improving manners of dealing with the problems of Roma, as well as the instruments for monitoring and realization of these plans;
4. Initiating and inciting the development of partnership between local municipality, institutions, nongovernmental organizations and civil rights movements, within the city of Novi Sad which are dealing with these issues, by creating a network of service providers;
5. Creating a program for forming a data base of Roma people, as well as mapping of social needs of Roma people;
Conclusions/Follow Up The Prize for Municipalities have been a positive initiative for encouraging municipalities to undertake positive actions for Roma. Policies in favour of Roma at local level are not always perceived by the majority society as a positive step and it is therefore necessary to encourage, with recognitions at international level, those majors who are engaged in the promotion of diversity and participation. The possibility of repeating this experience is being studied by the Congress. 
Participants South Eastern Europe municipalities. 
CoE Secretariat Ivana D'Alessandro, Dolores Rios 
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