Boychinovsti

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Svetlin Sreteniev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Petar Naydenov Vineshki - Director Direction “Socio-economic policy, public property and spatial planning”
Facilitators: 
Alexandra Raykova
Total population: 
9 915
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
4 500
Description of the Municipality: 

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The Municipality of Boychinovtsi is a small municipality in the Northwest of Bulgaria. It is one of the municipalities in Montana administrative region and includes 13 settlements – Boychinovtci, Beli Breg, Beli Brod, Vladimirovo, Gromshin, Erden, Kobilyak, Lehchovo, Madan, Marchevo, Ohrid, Pali Lula and Portitovtci. The village of Boychinovtci is the administrative center of the municipality.
 
The Roma population is, according to the official data, 11% of the entire population in the municipality. Based on the latest survey, they number 4.500 persons (50% of the total population). They live in separate neighborhoods and are concentrated in 8 settlements: Boychinovtci, Portitovtci, Vladimirovo, Madan, Gromshin, Lehchovo, Marchevo and Erden.
Some of the main issues they face are:  

  • - Extremely high unemployment rates - over 90%
  • - The majority of the Roma is very poor
  • - Lack of infrastructure/ very bad condition in the Roma neighborhoods
  • - Lack of playgrounds and sports facilities for the children and youth
  • - Old facilities and old furniture and equipment in kindergartens and schools
  • - Very low number of Roma community members who have good education
  • - There is a tendency for a growing demographic crisis

The ROMACT Process

Boychinovsti municipality joined the ROMACT program in August 2016 with the signature of the letter of commitment . In February 2017 Boychinovtsi municipality adopted a Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration 2017-2020.
 
The Community Action Group (CAG) identified some of the short/medium/long-term problems:
 

Identified problems
On-going renovation of street lights
Employing Roma in national temporary employment programs
Extend the project “Warm lunch” till the end of 2019
Additional 20 garbage containers
Two junior experts on ethic and integration issues
Renovation of the kindergarten in Lehchevo village
Donation campaign - clothes and food - for 200 families in need
Hiring 2 health mediators
Cleaning of part of the drain system in Lehchevo village

Several trainings were also provided:
 
Trainings/expertise provided for the local administration:
 
- Presentation of available funding opportunities
- Understanding policy-making on Roma issues and planning
- Capacity building for social inclusion of marginalised groups at local level
 
Activities involving the community action group:
 
- Awareness campaign on stereotypes, prejudices, discrimination and racism
- European and national institutions and organizations dealing with Roma issues
- Advocacy, participation and understanding of local governance
- Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration /JAP
- Sustainability of CAG and participation
 
The following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:
 
- Two junior experts on ethic and integration issues appointed in Lehchevo and Vladimirovo village
- Campaign for prophylactic examinations of Roma without health insurance
 - Set up of a new heater in kindergarten Madan
- Kindergarten renovation in Lehchevo village
- Renovation of the fence and the playground of the kindergarten in Vladimirovo village
-Warm lunch for pupils
- Renovation of the youth club in Lehchevo village
- Drains Cleaning in Roma community and rehabilitation of the street lighting
- Cleaning of the irregular dumpsite in Gromshin village
- Provision of 20 garbage containers in 10 villages
- Employment of 98 Roma for public work
- Employment of 45 young Roma for public work
- Campaign against drop-out
- Round table discussions organized with the occasion of International Roma Day

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following project:
"Integrated approach to ensure the permanent integration of marginalised communities in Boychinovtsi municipality" - OPHRD and OPSESG- Approved- Budget: 454 931 €.
 

Timeline Points

18 Aug 2016
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
31 Oct 2016
Creation of CAG
31 Oct 2016
Creation of Taskforce
20 Dec 2016
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Community priorities list finalised
12 Feb 2017
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- MAPRI updated and adopted by City Council
1 Dec 2017
Creation of a Commission for Monitoring and Evaluation of the Taskforce
31 May 2018
Step 4- Funding, Implementing and Monitoring- Project proposal for Concept of municipality Borovan for social inclusion of vulnerable groups- ESIF
29 Jun 2018
End of ROMACT Process
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