Ghidigeni

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Eugen Tabacaru
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Aurel Parvu, Deputy Mayor
Facilitators: 
Georgina Beu
Total population: 
5 821
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 570
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update: 11/10/2016

Ghidigeni administrative territory is located in the north of Galati County. It is composed of eight villages: Gara Ghidigeni, Gârbovăț, Gefu, Ghidigeni, Gura Gârbovățului, Slobozia Corni, Tălpigi and Tăplău. The main economic activities in this rural area are related to agriculture.
According to 2011 census, the Roma population in Ghidigeni is 1,570 (26%of the population with most of them living in the villages of Gefu and Tălpigi. According to unofficial figures, the actual number of Roma residents is about 2,680 living in Ghidigeni from the following groups: Lăieşi, Spoitori and Kalderash.
The main issues Roma in Ghidigeni face are the inadequate infrastructure (unpaved streets, absence of utilities), a lack of property documents and a lack of employment opportunities.
 

The ROMACT Process

In March 2015 with the Mayor’s signature on the Letter of Commitment Ghidigeni joined the ROMACT programme.  The Community Action Group (CAG) was created shortly after and proceeded to define its short-term and long-term needs:
 

Short-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationDevelop a "Second Chance" programme for adultsCreate scholarships for Roma students Building a day center for children in order to reduce absenteeism and school dropout, especially among Roma
EmploymentProvide vocational training for job opportunities in demand for young RomaCreation of jobs for disadvantaged people
YouthOrganise youth eventsSet up an NGO for accessing funds for youthImplement projects to stimulate the participation of young people
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
InfrastructureSteps for realization of cadastral documentation for families with no incomePaving the main streets in the village of GhidigeniExpansion of the electricity network
EmploymentAttract social economy initiatives

A Joint Action Plan (JAP) which includes the measures defined by the local CAG was adopted on 30 March 2016 and it was further amended to include a specific measures addressing youth issues at the final adoption of the JAP on 8 April 2016. 

The municipality together with the ROMACT Support Team began to explore various funding opportunities - keeping a focus on youth and improving access to education and the job market. 
Together with two other municipalities within the ROMACT Programme (Barcea and Ivesti), Ghidigeni applied for the Erasmus + Key Activity 2 - Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices. With the support of the ROMACT team and the ROMACT expert designated for the municipality of Ghidigeni, the municipality also prepared for application for the “Participation and accountability of the European Year of Citizens III - integrated activities in Roma communities Roma” from the National Agency for Roma, for the creation of an NGO. The intention is that the association would serve as a tool to the CAG to be able to apply as an entity for this particular line of funding. 
Other applications targeting the Operational Programme for Human Capital (POCU) and the Regional Operational Programme were discussed with the ROMACT team also in the hopes of finding the necessary funding to respond to the needs defined by the community.
 

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