Cugir

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Adrian Teban
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Adriana Crisan, Coordinator at Community Assistance Center “Social bathroom” for Roma
Facilitators: 
Elena Mutiu
Total population: 
21 376
Source: 
Census 2011
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update: 12/01/2017
 
Cugir is a Romanian town situated in the center of the country, about 40 kilometers south-west of Alba-Iulia (the capital City of Alba County). The town administers seven villages: Bocșitura (Potschitur), Bucuru (Bukur), Calene (Kalleney), Feteni (Fetzeberg), Goasele (Eisenhammer), Mugesti (Kudschirstallen) and Vinerea (Wolfsdorf). According to the 2011 census, the total population living in the town numbers 21.376 - 95.4% Romanians, 3.4% Roma, 0.9% Hungarians and 0.2% Germans.
There are 4 Roma communities in Cugir: Cosbuc neighborhood - the largest Roma community, including about 1.600 Roma inhabitants living in blocks of studio type, Raul Mic community – which numbers almost 400 Roma who live in small houses located under a hill, Rozelor street- includes almost 200 Roma who live in two blocks with low standard of living and Cindeni neighborhood – with approx. 100 Roma who live in regular houses.

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT process in Cugir started on February 2017. The Local Action Plan for Roma was adopted, under the ROMACT Programme, on the 30 of May 2017 and the Joint Action Plan became an annex to the Development Strategy of the Locality. 
The Community Action Group (CAG) identified its short/medium/long-term needs:

Short and mid-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationProviding services for disinsection, disinfestation, current repairs in schools and kindergartens.Organizing competitions, extracurricular activities and school camps for Roma children
CultureOrganizing cultural events with specific/inspiration from Roma folklore and cultureEstablishing a Roma Cultural Center Organizing an annual event with the local Roma Fanfare
HealthOrganizing health promotion/ anti-drug/ vaccination campaignsImproving of gynecology-pediatrics section conditions at the local maternity
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
InfrastructureRepairing/asphalting the streets in the neighborhoods. Modernizing the public transportExpansion of the electricity and water/sewage network Arranging a collecting channel for rainwater and implementing a flood prevention system
HousingOffering financial support and legal advice for people lacking identity and property documentsRehabilitating the social houses Arrangement of a leisure complex and skate park for children in the community
EmploymentSupporting the process of developing competences for young people in the process of skills development and employmentProviding mentoring and support program to help Roma entrepreneurs create jobs and develop human capital in the communityAchieving a information, counseling, mediation process for a number of 1.000 Roma people
EducationSetting-up 2 school mediator positionsEnsuring a warm meal for Roma children going to school. Providing equipment, furniture, teaching materials in schools.Develop "School after School" programs
OtherModernizing the social canteen and setting up a shelter for homeless peopleSetting up an Integrated Community Center and an information office for business ideas and non-reimbursable fundsHiring one Roma local police officer

With ROMACT expertise, the city hall applied for European funding and received help to implement projects related to reducing the number of marginalized communities at risk of poverty and social exclusion through integrated measures.
Several trainings were also provided:

  • For the local administration employees: EU funds accessing.
  • For the community action group members: information regarding government funding, training on community development and civic participation etc.

Trainings provided for the local administration:
Applying for European Structural Funds
Cycle management and capacitate a team to resubmit a project within POCU 4.2 axis.
 
Activities involving the community action group:
Training on community development and civic participation
Information regarding government funding
 

Expertise provided to the local administrationBeneficiaries BudgetStatus
Expertise on Human Capacity Operational Program Axis 4.1 Reducing the number of marginalized communities (in which Roma minority population counts at least 10% of the total population) at risk of poverty and social exclusion by implementing integrated measuresThe local administration3.209.745,58 EURUnder evaluation
Employment of a health mediatorThe local administration6.600 EURImplemented
Rehabilitating 2 blocks of flats - Cosbuc neighborhoodCosbuc neighborhood10.500 EURImplemented

So far, the following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:
 

ProblemSolutionBudgetBeneficiariesStatus
Lack of health mediatorHiring a person from Roma community to fill the position6.600 EURThe entire communityProcess ongoing
Poor living conditionsRehabilitating 2 blocks of flats10.500 EURCosbuc neighborhoodProcess finished
Lack of public lightning Rehabilitating the street lighting-Raul Mic communityProcess finished
Floods and landslidesBuilding a wall to stop possible landslides6.500 EURRaul Mic communityProcess finished
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