Czech Municipality of Obrnice Won the Dosta! Prize
21.11.2013 / 11:49
A successful lounge of innovative projects of Roma integration has drawn the attention of the Congress of the Council of Europe and brought its prestigeous award to the Czech municipality.
This year's results of the Dosta! prize were announced on Wednesday 30 October 2013 in the Hemicycle of the Council of Europe. The winner of the prize is Obrnice, a municipality in the Usti region, Czech Republic. Second and third came municipalities from Greece and Turkey.
The prize was handed to the mayor of Obrnice Drahomíra Miklošová by the chairman of the Congress in the presence of many dignitaries and journalists. The Dosta! (Roma term for "Enough!") prize has been awarded every year since 2007 by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities to municipalities that fight actively against discrimination and racial prejudice, namely by integrating Roma into political and social structures of municipalities and by including Roma representatives in local authorities.
Any municipality from any of the 47 member states of the Council of Europe can enter the competition. The winner is appointed by a seven-member committee whose members are among others Council of Europe's High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chairman of the Congress, Chairman of the European Roma and Travellers Forum and Ms. Fanny Ardant, the ambassador of Dosta! campaign.
Almost one half of Obrnice citizens are Roma. According to the mayor Miklošová the success of the integration of the Roma in Obrnice lies not only in the hard work of her team but also in the will of the Roma to change the plight the municipality was in before. Cooperation with Agency for Social Inclusion, The Office of the Government of the Czech Republic and a number of non-governmental organizations was also very important. By winning the Dosta! prize Obrnice became one of the role models for municipalities and regions that encounter difficulties with integration of national minorities and with discrimination.