This is a regional campaign on active citizenship of Roma, in countries that are yet facing problems in Roma Inclusion. This campaign aims to increase the awareness and change attitudes toward Roma Inclusion, and to overcome the barriers that this process faces.
Important part of this campaign is the competition “Most Roma Friendly Mayor” that is being implemented simultaneously in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The awarded mayors from Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, FYROM, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Turkey, will participate in a special event from 9th to 12th of April 2018, in the frame of the Roma Week, organised in Brussels where they will meet high representative from DG NEAR.
The campaign will strengthen the dialogue between municipalities and Roma communities and make best practice examples visible. The selection of the ´most Roma-friendly mayor´ can help the communities to make their vision reality, how municipalities and the Roma community can come together and engage in a dialogue on an equal level.
The campaign will focus on positive examples of Roma Integration. Moreover, the competition and especially the selection criteria will emphasize the project philosophy of empowerment, mobilization and equal dialogue between local authorities and Roma communities.
The competition will be open from March 2nd until March 15th, 2018. An independent jury will be established and it will, based on the given questionnaire, select the winner of the contest "Most Roma Friendly Mayor".
The application form and information page in English, Albanian or Serbian can be downloaded here:
The application form can be mailed to: Voice of Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians, Milosa Obilica Street nn., 10500 Gracanica, Kosovo. or be sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, until March 15hth 2018, local time 23:59.
This activity is implemented in the frame of the project “Joint Initiative to Empower Roma Civil Society on the Western Balkans and Turkey” (JIERCSWBT), financed by the European Union, Europe Aid / 150147 / DH / ACT / PRAREG, Project number 2015 / 370-300.