Lukovit

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Ivan Grancharov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Harizan Marinov – Health mediator
Facilitators: 
Dora Petkova
Total population: 
18 125
Source: 
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 joined the ROMACT program  in August 2017 with the signature of the letter of agreement.
The Community Action Group (CAG) and the Taskforce for Roma Inclusion were created in November 2017. 
The CAG was trained by ROMACT Facilitator to collect data and prepare a Community needs assessment.  This was the basis used to update the Municipal Action Plan for Roma Inclusion that was approved by the Local Council in September 2018.

Several training were provided:

The Local Authorities were trained/coached on:
* Drafting project idea & establish partnership under transnational cooperation  
* Legal consultation for resolution of documentation issues
* Legal consultation  for resolution water supply issue

The CAG was trained/coached on:
* Data collection and preparation of the Community needs assessment   
* Communication as a tool of advocacy
* Participation in a meeting of the Public Council on Social Inclusion/Taskforce
* ID cards and water supply: how to address the issues?
* Identification of practical steps for  realization of the updated MAPRI
* Local self-government
* Participation in the process of consultation of the municipal budget
* Legal consultation  for resolution water supply issue

The Taskforce was trained on:
* Monitoring and evaluation process of Municipal Action Plan for Roma Inclusion

The following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:
 * Construction of a school bus stop
 * Construction of a parallel plumbing
 * Building of community centre in Roma neighborhood
* Improvement of the process to access ID
* Negociation with the Water Supply Company for reducing the debts and payment by installments

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following project:
Project: "Social and Economic Integration in Lukovit"- OPHRD- OPSESG
Beneficiaries: 756
Budget: 423 201 euros
Status: Approved
 

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
31 May 2018
Step 4- Funding, Implementing, Monitoring- Project proposal was submitted under Integrated procedure of OPHRD & OPSESG
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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