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2017, 13 March
  Out of 10 Bulgarian  municipalities which submitted project concepts under the integrated procedure of Operational Programme Human Resources Development (OPHRD) and Operational Programme Science and Education for Smart Growth (OPSEIG) with the support of ROMACT experts, 9 received approval for funding.   Borovan, Boychinovtsi, Isperich, Nikola Kozlevo, Septemvri, Sliven, Sredets, Tundzha and Tvarditsa will therefore be able to implement new measures for the inclusion of...
2017, 13 March
From 13 to 17 March, in the frame of ROMACT Transnational Cooperation Component and Capacity Building (TCC) Programme, a team of 5 representatives of ISB.e.V. – Interessengemeinschaft sozialgewerblicher Beschäftigungsinitiativen from Dortmund, Germany visited Sofia and Plovdiv in Bulgaria for a working visit.  The German delegation first joined the representatives of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues in Sofia to discuss the general framework...
2017, 8 March
A series of Community Action Groups trainings has started in North West Romanian ROMACT municipalities. Community empowerment and mobilisation are the main focus of this activity which started in Tarnaveni on 7th March. In that city, which has the largest Roma population in the county of Mures, representatives from the seven Roma communities shared their perception of what constitutes a developed community. They particularly highlighted the importance of education and schooling. “I was...
2017, 7 March
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...
Community Action Group training on advocacy, August 2016
2017, 21 February
On the 25th September 2012, the Mayor of Maglizh took decisive action to demolish 34 illegal shanty houses.  The Mayor’s justification for the demolition of the homes was that they were built without any regard for municipal regulations and, therefore, put the lives and health of the residents at risk.  The demolition seemingly failed to recognise that the building were the only homes of nearly 200 Roma, half of that number were children.   Only a few months later the Mayor...
2017, 31 January
Good news for Simona and her family : the construction of their new house is now completed, as well as its connection to electricity and current water. However the house still needs to be furnished and equipped with domestic appliances (refrigerator, washing machine, etc.), and firewood.  Photo Gallery   Accounts for contributions in money are currently closed, but you can still make donations of goods by contacting Ms Laura Tartiu by e-mail : lauratartiu@gmail.com, or at the phone...
2017, 30 January
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...
2017, 25 January
Within the framework of the Joint European Commission and Council of Europe ROMACT Project, the Council of Europe is organising a call for tenders for National Facilitators in Romania. The Facilitator will undertake a facilitating function in relation to the implementation of the project activities at municipal level in his/her respective country. In particular, he/she will act as a conduit between Roma communities on one hand, and the Municipal authorities on the other hand, and will work to...
2017, 20 January
Within the framework of the Joint European Commission and Council of Europe ROMACT Project, the Council of Europe is organising a call for tenders for National Facilitators in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Italy and Slovak Republic. The Facilitator will undertake a facilitating function in relation to the implementation of the project activities at municipal level in his/her respective country. In particular, he/she will act as a conduit between Roma communities on one hand, and the Municipal...
2016, 20 December
In the framework of the Joint European Commission and Council of Europe ROMACT Project, the Council of Europe is organising a call for tenders for National Facilitators’ Coordinators in Bulgaria (2), Czech Republic (1), Hungary (1), Italy (1) and Romania (2). The National Facilitators’ Coordinator will undertake an organizational and coordination function in relation to the implementation of the ROMACT project activities at local level and will act as a conduit between facilitators...

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