Efforts of the ROMACT municipalities of Kolackov, Lomnicka, Stropkov and Vrbnica to improve the life of its citizen, including its Roma Communities, using an integrated approach were rewarded this year.
The four villages whose major part of the population are Roma joined ROMACT in 2016 and have demonstrated the deep will of all stakeholders to cooperate to bring positive change for the Roma and the municipality at large.
The grants received from the Ministry of Interior through the Office of the Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Government for the Roma Communities will allow for the construction of a Roma community centre in two municipalities and access roads to two other Roma settlements which will be finished by the end of 2017. These tangible results show that changes for the better are possible. This work will be an important source of motivation for further commitment of the Roma Community Action Group (CAG) members and the local authorities to pursue other avenues of working together in the spirit of partnership.
In the current context of joint drafting of the Action Plan for Roma inclusion, the importance of these grants goes beyond the results of the projects themselves, we believe they will have a crucial impact on the cooperation between the CAG and the municipal authorities ahead.