Focsani

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Cristi Misăilă
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Marius Iorga, deputy mayor
Facilitators: 
Poliana Catalin
Total population: 
79 315
Source: 
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
980
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update: 12/01/2018
 
Focșani is the residence city of Vrancea County (the most active seismic area in Romania), bordering 2 historical regions of the country - Moldova and Muntenia. According to the census carried out in 2011, Focșani population numbers 79.315 people, most of the inhabitants being Romanian, with a minority of Roma (1.24% declared, around 7% assumed by the local Roma community). The social problem of Focșani municipality is to provide decent home and living for disadvantaged population.
 

The ROMACT Process

In November 2016 Focșani municipality joined the ROMACT program. The Community Action Group (CAG) was created and the short/medium/long-term needs were soon identified:
 

Short and mid-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationPreventing and combating discrimination and providing civic education campaigns in local schools.Implement school-after-school programs, in order to reduce absenteeism and school dropout, especially among Roma. Setting-up two school mediator positions.
EmploymentImproving Roma access to the labor market by mediation, counseling and / or training programs.Supporting ethnic Roma to start a business. Granting authorizations for organizing and carrying out activities related to the traditional crafts, street trade etc.
HealthRegularly performing health information and education activities in the local Roma community.Identify Roma persons not registered with the family doctor and start the registration procedures.Hiring 2 health mediators and 2 community health assistants.
OtherDeveloping emergency projects / fundraising campaigns to support families with very low income.Implementing community development programs for the benefit of the local Roma community.Develop and strengthen the partnership relations between the Police and the local Roma NGOs.
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
InfrastructureConnection to utilities (heating, gas, electricity).Parks and playgrounds construction in Roma neighborhoods.Repairing the streets in marginalized urban areas.
HousingBuild/repair existing social housing through external financing. Providing land plots for new houses for the Roma community.Implement rehabilitation and sanitation programs in the areas inhabited by Roma.
EmploymentOrganizing job fairs, together with the competent county structures.Providing training correlated with job offers. Attract social economy initiatives.
EducationSetting up / rehabilitate sports or cultural centers for Roma children.Organize summer camps for Roma children or those from disadvantaged families.Sustain early education initiatives for children from disadvantaged communities.

A Joint Action Plan which includes the measures defined by the local CAG was adopted on October 30, 2017. Also, the city developed the local development strategy for marginalized urban areas under the community-led local development approach, in order to receive funding to solve the problems in marginalized communities.
 
With ROMACT expertise, the city hall applied for European funding in the area of Supporting energy efficiency, smart energy management and the use of renewable energy in public infrastructures, public buildings and housing and improving the energetic efficiency in Focșani Municipality. Also, the city hall received legal expertise on social housing and support for realizing the local housing strategy.
Several trainings were provided:

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

Also, CAG members received coaching related to public services and social protection for vulnerable groups.
The Joint Action Plan was included in the Local Development Strategy funded under CLLD.
 

Timeline Points

24 Nov 2016
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
22 Feb 2017
Step 4- Funding, Implementing and Monitoring- Project proposal submitted under OPHC 5.1
27 Mar 2017
Creation of Taskforce
12 Sep 2017
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Community priorities list finalised
10 Nov 2017
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Joint Action Plan for Roma inclusion adopted by City Council
27 Jun 2018
End of ROMACT Process
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