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Botosani city is the capital of Botosani County, situated in the North-Eastern part of Romania. According to estimates used by various Roma NGOs, there are around 6.000 Roma living in Botosani municipality. Nevertheless, the County of Botosani is known for having a large Roma community with 14.000 Roma spread over 12 different settlements.
Roma in Botoșani belong to the so-called Ursari Roma and Laesh. They live in Roma neighbourhoods (Parcului area, the historical center etc. - areas with social houses populated by disadvantaged Roma ethnics and non-Roma). Housing conditions and their consequences, notably on the inhabitants ‘health are a major issue faced by the Roma in Botosani.
Botosani joined ROMACT with the signature of the Letter of Commitment by the Mayor on 8 October 2013. ROMACT programme facilitated the cooperation of the local authorities and the Roma community, through the CAG, which resulted in the adoption by the Local Council of Joint Action Plan in July 2014. The plan includes concrete measures for each priority area (health, education, employment and social infrastructure) and designates institutional responsibility for each of these. Furthermore, the Joint Action Plan was revised and approved in December 2015.
In the beginning of 2016, a project proposal was submitted under the Operational Programme Human Capital, Priority Axis 4 - Social Inclusion and combating poverty in marginalised Roma communities. ROMACT also supports further the implementation of the Action Plan by coaching and training staff members from the municipality for project management.