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2017, 4 April
The Transnational Cooperation and Capacity Building component of the ROMACT programme (ROMACT TCC) aims at assisting local authorities in better integrating marginalised people, in particular non-nationals of Roma ethnicity. It is based on the assumption that local authorities are best placed to identify challenges and needs in their territories as no one-size solution fits all. It also draws on expertise of the Council of Europe, more notably in interventions at local level, intercultural...
2017, 28 March
Civil servants from South Eastern Romanian ROMACT participated in Public Procurement training from March 24-26 in Buzau, Romania.   The training focused initially on strategic, legal and institutional considerations and then allowed the opportunity for participants to work on more practical, real-life cases where they were tasked to address issues and come up with solutions.   One participant remarked, “I really learned things that I can apply, and while this was a challenging...
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, Nickola 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 Group (CAG) trainings has started in North Western Romanian ROMACT municipalities. Community empowerment and mobilisation are the main focus of these workshops which started in Tarnaveni on 7th March. Tarnaveni has the largest Roma population in Mures County and the training day was attended by representatives from the seven Roma communities of Tarnaveni.  During the training participants shared their perception of what constitutes a developed...
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 complete, and the house is connected to electricity and 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, provided an overview of the learning, positive experiences and results of the program. Among these achievements were included: the real improvements in communication and collaboration between the Roma community and local authorities; the inclusion of the community in consultation and decision-making processes; an increase in the capacity and concern of municipal officials with regards to the development of integration policies for the Roma community...
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...

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