Septemvri

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Marin Rachev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Traiko Panev, expert on "Migration and demographic issues"
Facilitators: 
Yuksel Yasharov
Total population: 
25 794
Source: 
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
9 286
Description of the Municipality: 

Septemvri is located in South Bulgaria and is part of Pazardzhik administrative district. It comprises of 15 settlements – Septemvri, Boshulya, Dolno varshilo, Gorno varshilo, Karabunar, Kovachevo, Lozen, Semchinovo, Simeonovets, Slavovitsa, Varvara, Vetren, Vetren dol, Vinogradets, Zlokuchene. The town of Septemvri is the administrative center of the municipality.
 
The Roma population consists 36% of the entire population in the municipality, according to Municipal Action Plan for Roma inclusion 2014-2020. They live in separate neighborhoods and they are concentrated in 5 settlements Septemvri, Vetren, Semchinovo, Kovachevo and Zlokuchene. The mayors of the villages Semchinovo, Kovachevo and Zlokuchene are Roma as well as 4 municipal councillors out of 21.

Some of the main issues Roma are faced with are:  

  •  - Illegal housing;
  •  - High unemployment rate;
  •  - Lack of health insurance;
  •  - Lack of ID and property documents.

One of the consequences of these being the significant number of members of the community migrating to Western Europe.
 

The ROMACT Process

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Septemvri municipality joined the ROMACT program in September 2016. On 28 March 2017, the Municipal Council adopted the updated Municipal Action Plan for Roma Integration (MAPRI) 2017-2020.

The Community Action Group (CAG) was set up shortly after as well as a dedicated Taskforce (see timeline below for details).

The CAG collected and assessed the community needs and prepared a detailed list of priorities for 4 fields:
 
1. Education:
1.1. Establishment of parents clubs in the schools, organization and implementation of periodical meetings between school teachers and parents.
1.2. Inclusion of young Roma parents within the public councils in the schools and kindergartens.
1.3. Motivation of the Roma parents' interest towards the education of the children through organization of meetings in the Roma mahalas.
1.4. Appointment of educational mediators in the schools with the aim to prevent early drop-out of the Roma children.

2. Health care:
2.1. Training and appointment of health mediators.
2.2. Establishment of center for health-educational campaigns among the Roma community, delivering information for prevention of AIDS. Minimizing the early years pregnancies. Periodical medical check-ups of the Roma who are not health-secured.
2.3. Appointment of personal doctor in Zlokuchene village.

3. Housing:
3.1. Study of the non-regulated territories and defining the ownership of the land in Septemvri, Kovachevo, Zlokuchene, Vetren, Vinogradets, Boshulia, Vetrin dol and Karabunar.
3.2. Active work of the municipal commission on address registration.
3.3. Elaboration of regulation plans.
3.4. Identification of municipal land for housing needs.
3.5 Improvement of the infrastructure in Semchinovo, Zlokuchene, Vetren, Kovachevo and Septemvri through EU programs and national programs.
3.6. Delivering of garbage cans in the Roma mahals.

4. Employment:
4.1. Organization of on-field days of the Labor bureau in Semchinovo, Zlokuchene, Vetren and Kovachevo for registering unemployed Roma.
4.2. Appointment of labor mediator for Zlokuchene, Vetren and Kovachevo.
4.3. Opening of working positions for Roma in the sphere of agriculture.
4.4 Opening of municipal enterprise to employ Roma persons.
4.5. Qualification courses for young Roma.

The update and adoption of the MAPRI 2017-2020 was done based on that list.

So far, the following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:

- Creation of a Municipal Commission for registration
- Opening of an on-field work station of the Labor office for 13 villages
- Organisation of support for 100 families in need of legalising procedures for their houses
- Identification of municipal land for housing needs, including mapping and parcelling the land
- Recruitment of health mediators
- Construction of 23 playgrounds
- Cleaning campaigns and set up of concrete trash containers
 
Several trainings were provided:
 
Trainings/expertise provided for the local administration:
 
Training on project planning and implementation of short and medium term activities
Training on approaches for work in and with Roma community
Coaching on relevant funding opportunities of announced procedures under OPHRD
Coaching on project planning and consultation on the proposed activities in the Municipal Concept for social inclusion
 
Activities involving the CAG:
 
Training support on advocacy, participation and understanding of local governance
Training on needs assessment.
 
Project: "Concept of municipality Septemvri for social inclusion of vulnerable groups", submitted under N 64/15.12.2016
Beneficiaries: 1 300 Roma
Budget: 282.000 euro
Status: approved
 

 

Timeline Points

16 Sep 2016
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
7 Oct 2016
Creation of CAG
3 Nov 2016
Creation of Taskforce
28 Feb 2017
Step 2- Agreeing on needs and plans- Community priorities list finalised
28 Mar 2017
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- MAPRI updated and adopted by City Council
28 Mar 2017
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures and projects- MAPRI update approved by Local Council
31 May 2018
Step 4- Funding, Implementing and Monitoring- Project proposal for Concept of municipality Borovan for social inclusion of vulnerable groups- ESIF
26 Jun 2018
End of ROMACT Process
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