General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Mr Gospodin Gospodinov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Mr Dusho Gavazov, Deputy Mayor
Mr Yuksel Yasharov
Total population: 
12 680
Municipality - 2015
Roma living in the Municipality: 
4 597
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update 18/08/2016

Maglizh is a municipality in the Stara Zagora Province, in the South-Central Bulgaria, with the town of Maglizh which is the administrative center and 14 surrounding villages. It has a population of about 11.000 inhabitants out of which around 40 % are of Roma ethnicity. Traditional industrial sectors in the municipality are logging and wood processing. Agriculture is also well developed. However, the unemployment rate is higher than the Bulgarian average.
The Roma population is concentrated in segregated neighborhood in the town of Maglizh and the villages of Dabovo, Vetren and Zimnitsa. They are facing school segregation, poor housing conditions, a lack of infrastructure combined with a high unemployment rate (aproximately 90%) and a lack of access to services, and particularly health.

The ROMACT Process

Maglizh joined the ROMACT Programme in December 2013 through the signature of the Letter of Commitment by the Mayor of the municipality, Mr Gospodin Gospodinov.
Shortly after, the Community Action Group started to meet and develop a list of needs that was presented to the Local Authority in May 2014. These needs were discussed and prioritised jointly, acknowledged by the Municipal Council and included in the Municipal Council and integrated in the Municipal Plan for Roma Integration (MAPRI) in April 2015. It includes:  

PrioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3Objective 4
EducationGuaranteeing the right of equal access to quality education through the integration of Roma children and students in ethnically mixed kindergartens and schoolsCreating conditions for the desegregation of Roma children in kindergartens and schoolsAttracting Roma parents in the educational process and enhancing their participation in school lifeImproving the material base of educational institutions.
HealthReduce child mortalityImproving health care for infants and preschool childrenImproving prevention activities among the Roma populationImproving access to health services
HousingCreating cadastral maps and registers of areas, including areas with compact Roma populationUpdating / developing detailed plans of existing and newly terrainsProviding alternative accommodation in case of eviction of Roma families from vulnerable homes that inhabitImproving housing conditions
InfrastructureIdentifying measures to improve waste disposal and garbage disposal in Roma localitiesImproving social/technical infrastructure in Roma neighborhoodsReconstruction of objects of cultural infrastructure
EmploymentIncreasing employment of RomaImproving Roma qualifications and skills
Rule of Law and non- discriminationImproving the efficiency to work with of Roma among the employees of the municipal administration of Maglizh municipality and employees of the policeStrengthening the representation of Roma in public administration at all levelsPreservation, development and promotion of Roma culture.

The MAPRI implementation started as below:

PrioritiesMeasure implementedMeasure implemented
InfrastructureStreets renovation, setting up of street lights and provided of trash containers in Tulovo and DabovoRenovation of the culture centers in Tulovo and Dabovo (EAFRD)
Education 150 children attend kindergarten for free
HealthAppointment of two health mediatorsProject "New healthcare opportunities " (OP-HRD) to provide 24 disabled people benefit from the daily care and support provided by 21 “personal assistants”- 90% of which are Roma.

ROMACT process slowed down in Maglizh during the local election period and resumed in March 2016 with the creation of a Public Council for the implementation of the MAPRI and the inclusion of the CAG in the process of creation of the Local Action Group for the development of a Local Development Strategy to be supported by CLLD under the EAFRD. Shortly after, on the occasion of a Joint meeting between the Local Authority and the CAG, 5 CAG members were appointed to be part of the Public Council in charge of the monitoring of the implementation of the MAPRI. This document was also updated based on CAG’s new proposals.  
In addition to that, the municipal staff attended several training and coaching sessions organised by the ROMACT Programme. In May 2016, after an evaluation based on the accomplishment of the four ROMACT steps (see timeline below), the ROMACT cycle was considered successfully closed in Maglizh.

Timeline Points

12 Dec 2013
STEP 1 - BECOMING COMMITTED- Written decision of the Mayor to join the ROMACT Programme
16 May 2014
STEP 2 - AGREEING ON NEEDS AND PLANS - First Joint Meeting between CAG and LA
9 Apr 2015
STEP3 - TRANSLATING PLANS INTO ACTIONS AND PROJECTS - JAP included in the Municipal Plan for Integration of Roma 2014-2020 and adopted
1 Sep 2015
25 Oct 2015
Local Elections in Bulgaria- 1st Round
15 Nov 2015
Local Elections in Bulgaria- 2nd Round
15 May 2016
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