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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. Main economic activities in this rural area are related to agriculture.
According to 2011 census, there are 1570 (26%) Roma living in Ghidigeni, for the most part in the villages of Gefu and Tălpigi. However, according to unofficial figures, about 2680 Roma live in Ghidigeni of different groups: Lăieşi, Spoitori and Kalderash.
The main issues Roma are faced with are the inadequate infrastructure (unpaved streets, absence of utilities) but also the lack of property documents and the lack of employment opportunities.
Ghidigeni joined ROMACT with the signature of the Letter of Commitment by the Mayor in 2015. The CAG was created shortly after and proceede to define its short-term and long-term needs:
|Short-term priorities||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 3|
|Education||Develop a "Second Chance" programme for adults||Create scholarships for Roma students||Building a day center for children in order to reduce absenteeism and school dropout, especially among Roma|
|Employment||Provide vocational training for job opportunities in demand for young Roma||Creation of jobs for disadvantaged people|
|Youth||Organise youth events||Set up an NGO for accessing funds for youth||Implement projects to stimulate the participation of young people|
|Long-term priorities||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 3|
|Infrastructure||Steps for realization of cadastral documentation for families with no income||Paving the main streets in the village of Ghidigeni||Expansion of the electricity network|
|Employment||Attract social economy initiatives|
A Joint Action Plan including the measures defined by the local CAG was adopted on 30 March 2016, and further revised to include a specific component on youth with its final adoption 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 their access to education and to the job market.
Together with other two 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 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” of the National Agency for Roma, through the creation of an NGO. 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 so as to find the necessary funding to respond to the needs defined by the community.