Medgidia

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Valentin Vrabie
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Melu Irimia, local expert for Roma issues
Facilitators: 
Corneliu Petrica
Total population: 
39 780
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
2 000
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update: 12/01/2017
 
Medgidia is a municipality from Constanta County, situated in the South East part of Romania, in Dobrogea region, in the center of South Dobrogea Plateau, at less than 50 km from the Black Sea. It has over 5.000 years of documented existence and a high potential in respect to archeological sites.

Economic activity is characterized by massive influence agriculture, mainly high culture, also by the field trees – vineyard Medgidia spread over an area of 3.000 ha. The industry is active only in Medgidia and is represented by cement factory and some light industry enterprises of small capacity. Processing of agricultural products is still present in Medgidia through a wheat flour factory, a candy factory and a winery complex.

According to the 2011 Census, the structure of the total of 39.780 inhabitants that constitutes the population of Medgidia municipality is structured as follows: 71. 48% Romanians, 8. 4% Turks, 8. 07% Tatars and 1. 52% Roma.
 

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT process started on November 2015. The local action plan was adopted by the Local Council on the 21st of July 2016. The Community Action Group (CAG) identified some of the short/medium/long-term needs and measures:

PrioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationPrepare programs and projects to reduce school dropout and absenteeismPrepare programs and projects for additional training of studentsEmploy a school mediator
HealthRegister all persons on the lists of family doctors Organize campaigns related to vaccination, pregnancy, contagious diseases Solve the lack of medical insurance situation
InfrastructureSolve the ownership rights of lands and houses held by Roma inhabitantsConnect to public utilities all the homesRehabilitate roads
HousingAllocate funds for housing construction and attract grants Rehabilitate houses
Jobs/ labor marketProvide identity papers and civil status documentsOrganize professional trainings/qualifications Create new jobs

 Trainings/expertise provided for the local administration:
 
Training course "Project Manager"
Training course "Public procurement expert"
Training course “Expert in accessing structural funding”
Expertise on Operational Program Human Capital priority axis 4.1
Expertise on Operational Program Human Capital priority axis 6.6
Coaching and feedback on POCU 5.1/6.1/6.3/6.6
Coaching on POCU + INTERREG EUROPE + POCA + POR
Coaching and feedback on POCU 4.1
Coaching and feedback on National Agency for Roma funds
Support preparation for drafting Local Development Strategies - towns / cities with a population of over 20.000 inhabitants
Coaching on the Program of the National Cadaster and Real Estate Publicity for the works of systematic registration on cadastral sectors
 
 
Activities involving the community action group:
 
Community development
Abolishment of Roma Slavery Day celebration
Celebrate the International Roma Day
 
Results:
 
Several projects related to ROMACT purpose are implemented:
 
Project title: street rehabilitation in Medgidia
Donor: European Fund for Regional Development, National Local Development Program
Budget: 6.035.000 euro
Beneficiaries: 16 km network of streets - including in Roma community - 1.500 persons
Timeframe: December 2016 - December 2017
 
Project title: Preliminary support for preparing the Local Development Strategy for Medgidia marginalized urban areas
Donor: European Social Fund, POCU 5.1
Budget: 221.881 lei
Beneficiaries: People from marginalized area
Timeframe: August 2017 - December 2017
 
Project title: Renovation of Medgidia Municipal Polyclinic Hospital
Donor: Government of Republic of Turkey
Budget: 1.000.000 euro
Beneficiaries: The entire community
Timeframe: December 2017
 
Project title: Social houses, Dezrobirii Street, lot 1, Siloz – 4 blocks X 48 flats
Donor: Ministry of Regional Development, Public Administration and European Funds, National Program for Construction of Social Houses
Budget: 2.775.000 Euro
Beneficiaries: 300 persons from which 180 are of Roma ethnicity
Timeframe:  April 2017 - April 2018
 
Activity: Ensuring normal living conditions in Roma populated areas by connecting to energy, water, sewage, methane gas and sanitation services
Measure: Housing, community development and environment
Number of beneficiaries: 168
Funds: local budget
Comments: creation of a data base with people not connected/disconnected from electricity in order to find solutions
Timeframe: October 2016 - November 2016
 
Activity: Establishing and consolidating solid partnership between public authorities and local Roma NGOs for elaborating and implementing projects for improving the situation of Roma communities based on LAP
Measure: Public administration, communication and civic participation
Number of beneficiaries: Roma community 2000-2500 people
Funds: local budget
Comments: Partnership agreement with Council of Europe under ROMACT framework; Partnership agreement with “Spiru Haret” school and “Association for a modern Romania”
Timeframe: September 2016
 
Priority Area: Identity documents, Justice and Public Order
Measure / Activity: Identify Roma ethnics without ID papers
Status: Implementation started
Funds: local budget
 
Priority Area: Health
Measure / Activity: Identify Roma ethnics that are not registered with a family physician
Status: Implementation started
Funds: local budget
 
Health educational campaign - Vaccination against measles
Funds: local budget
Status: finished
 

Timeline Points

3 Dec 2015
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
21 Jul 2016
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Joint Action Plan for Roma inclusion adopted by City Council
15 Sep 2016
Creation of Taskforce
27 Sep 2017
End of ROMACT Process
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