Turda

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Cristian Octavian Matei
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Codruta Bungardean
Facilitators: 
Cristian Hetea
Total population: 
55 804
Source: 
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
2 606
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update 04/10/2016

Turda is one of the six cities of Cluj County and the second largest after the county capital (Cluj-Napoca), representing 8.31% of the county population and 14.57% of its total urban population. In addition to being an important industrial centre, Turda is developed in terms of commerce, culture, urbanism and tourism.
According to the latest census, 2,606 Roma live in Turda, however unofficial estimates are at around 5,000 Roma community members, representing roughly 10% of the total population. Although Roma are present in several areas of the city, the focus of the ROMACT programme is on Barbu Lautaru Street where around 200 Roma face the worst living conditions in the city. People in the area are confronted with high unemployment, issues related to housing and overcrowding as well as lack of property rights and consequently lack of access to various basic utilities. 

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The ROMACT Process

Turda joined ROMACT with the Mayor’s signature on the Letter of Commitment on the 10th February 2016. The cooperation between the CAG and the local authorities resulted in a draft of a Joint Action Plan which includes the identification of both short-term and long-term priorities:

Short-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
InfrastructureSetting up at least one speed bump for cars circulating on Barbu Lautaru streetPlacing street waste binsPaving and repairing roads in the neighborhood
EmploymentDisseminating advertisments for available jobs in Turda through the Information and Counselling Center of the City Hall
OtherCollecting stray dogs from the streetsOrganise consultation on voluntary dislocation of part of the population in Barbu Lautari in a different area of the city, in more appropriate housingCleaning the neighborhood
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2
HousingSolving the issue of property documents (many of which are done by hand)
InfrastructureSolving the issue of difficult access of emergency utilities in the narrow streets of the neighborhood.Facilitation of access to amenities (also linked to ID and property documents issues)

While the Joint Action Plan is yet to be approved by the Mayor and Local Council so that it may be included in the Municipality Action Plan for the Inclusion of the Roma Minority for 2015-2020; a number of priorities have been addressed by the Community Action Group (CAG) with the assistance of local authorities and the ROMACT Romania National Support Team. 
On the 30 September 2016, a cleaning action initiated by the CAG was organised with the help of the ROMACT Romania National Support Team and with some financial support of the ROMACT Programme for materials needed for the cleaning. 50 school aged children participated in the cleaning action and they received backpacks and stationary needed for the new school year as a reward for their participation in the cleaning campaign. The municipality of Turda provided logistical support, organising garbage collection and disposal of the debris collected on the day.  To learn more on this story, read this article.
Other CAG activities have included a letter addressed to the authority in charge of animal control, the letter highlighted the stray dog population in the area and asked for a collection and sterilisation of the animals to address the situation.  The municipality responded by hiring a veterinarian for sterilisation procedures and initiating a programme of animal collection and sterilisation.  While the action was greatly appreciated, the problem presented by stray dogs is ongoing with residents continuing to be threatened by stray dogs in the neighbourhood.
The ROMACT Romania NST is regularly in contact with local authorities and schools as well as continuing to seek funding for various priorities within the Operational Programme for Human Resources.

 

Timeline Points

10 Feb 2016
STEP 1 - BECOMING COMMITTED - Letter of Committment signed by the Mayor
5 Jun 2016
Local elections in Romania - Round 1
19 Jun 2016
Local elections in Romania - Round 2
30 Sep 2016
Cleaning action in the neighborhood, with the support of the ROMACT Programme
27 Apr 2017
STEP 3- TRANSLATING PRIORITIES INTO MEASURES AND PROJECTS: Adoption of the Local Action Plan by the Local Council
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