Tundja - Final Meeting and Successful ROMACT Programme Conclusion

Mr. Stancho Stavrev, Deputy Mayor of Tundja, summarised the experiences gained and the positive results of the program. Among these : a real improvement of the communication and collaboration between Roma community and local authorities; the inclusion of the community in the process of consultation and decision-making ; an increased capacity and concern of the municipal officials to develop integration policies for the Roma community ; a bigger interest of the representatives of disadvantaged communities on topics related to intercultural communication, advocacy, marginalization, creation and development of NGOs. However, the most important result, noted by the municipality, was the creation of the CAG that worked actively for more than two years to facilitate the implementation of the Municipal Plan for Roma Inclusion (MPRI) and encourage the officials to solve rapidly numerous issues related to the disadvantaged groups. An acting Municipal Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues was also settled, involving all stakeholders and the CAG.
Further to Mr. Stavrev’s intervention, Ms. Tatyna Stoyanova, Head of the Department “Culture and Humanitarian activities" reviewed the joint MPRI which was implemented in time and successfully. Four of the planned actions are underway and already meeting concrete outcomes. Aiming to reduce poverty and to encourage educational and social inclusion, the projects involve more than 40 villages and dozens of schools. A "Centre for home services" was created and is now employing 7 Roma people as social assistants, while 9 other Roma assistants were recruited within the project “Together- shared care for pre-school education of disadvantaged children in small villages". Ms. Stoyanova ended by emphasizing the need for more staff and expertise, since the Tundja municipality is very active in developing new activities.
Finally, the Community Action Group regretted that two major infrastructure problems (the Hadzhidimtovo channel and Mogila) are not yet solved due to funds allocation. Nevertheless, the CAG expressed their overall satisfaction for the good results of the ROMACT programme in their municipality and will continue to do its utmost to achieve further objectives, in particular by establishing a NGO named "Local active group - Tundja - forward".

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