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Calarasi municipality is the capital of Calarasi County, situated in the South-Eastern part of Romania. The census data from 2011 mentions 2054 Roma ethnics living in the municipality. However, according to civil society estimates, there are about 10 000 Roma living in Calarasi from different groups: Cărămidari, Spoitori, Calderash, Rudari and Ursari.
Most of them live in rather poor conditions in several areas of the municipality with not so easy access to, sub-standard housing, uncertain legal situation. The neighborhoods are under equipped from urbanistic point of view, and have poor public utility objectives. These areas are: Oborul Nou, Cărămidari, FNC – Livadă, Doi Moldoveni, Cinci Călărași, Măgureni, Prelungirea București, A pero, Mircea Voda, Ceremac, Oborul Nou, Doi Moldoveni and Cinci Călărași.
The neighbourhoods involved in Romact program are Moldoveni (920 inhabitants), FNC – Livada (2 600 inhabitants) , and Oboru Nou (670 inhabitants). Although each neighborhood has specificities, they are all concerned with access to health and to the labor market and lack of infrastructure.
A Letter of Commitment was signed between the mayor and the Special Representative of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe on Roma issues on 4 February 2014. The cooperation between the CAG and the local authorities, facilitated by ROMACT support team resulted in a Joint Action Plan that was only approved by the Local Council in February 2016.
Moreover, three municipal staff have been trained by the ROMACT programme in project management and European Structural and Investment Funds accessing process in the view of Roma inclusion . Together with ROMACT experts, they are now preparing project proposals to apply for EU funds (eg setting up a social center in Obor neighborhood, a kindergarten in Livada neighborhood, etc.)