General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Ivan Grancharov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Harizan Marinov – Health mediator
Dora Petkova
Total population: 
18 125
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
2 776
Description of the Municipality: 

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Lukovit municipality is located in northern Bulgaria and is one of the constituent municipalities of Lovech region. Lukovit municipality consists of 12 settlements and has a population of 18.125 residents, the Roma minority group numbering officially 2.776 people (16.5%).
Roma communities are located in:

  • - Lukovit – around 2.200 people - Koszniczari Roma - and about 900 Turkish Roma, who named themselves Bulgarian - Mohammedans/Muslims
  • - Bezanovo – 348 Roma and Bulgarian - Mohammedans/Muslims
  • - Dermanci – 400 Bulgarian - Mohammedans/Muslims
  • - Petrovene – 124 Roma
  • - Toros – 23 Roma

Among the leading issues in the Roma neighborhoods are illegal construction, poor housing infrastructure and limited access to quality public utilities. Poor living conditions lead to spatial segregation of the Roma neighborhood relative to the rest of the population. Also, school segregation is high among Lukovit villages.
Only 2% of the Roma population holds a valid employment contract (the rest are working in the shadow economy or abroad – about 60%).

The ROMACT Process

Lukovit municipality recently joined the ROMACT program - in October 2017.

Timeline Points

9 Aug 2017
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
18 Nov 2017
Creation of CAG
23 Nov 2017
Creation of Taskforce
30 May 2018
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Finalisation of Community Priorities List
6 Aug 2018
Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration approved by the Mayor
20 Sep 2018
Step 3 - Translating priorities into measures and projects- MAPRI updated and approved by Local Council
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