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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 people, 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 the 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.
Turda joined ROMACT with the signature of the Letter of Commitment by the Mayor on 10 February 2016. The cooperation between the CAG and the local authorities allowed for the draft of a Joint Action Plan including different short-term and long-term priorities:
|Short-term priorities||Objective 1||Objective 2||Objective 3|
|Infrastructure||Setting up at least one speed bump for cars circulating on Barbu Lautaru street||Placing street waste bins||Paving and repairing roads in the neighborhood|
|Employment||Disseminating advertisments for available jobs in Turda through the Information and Counselling Center of the City Hall|
|Other||Collecting stray dogs from the streets||Organise consultation on voluntary dislocation of part of the population in Barbu Lautari in a different area of the city, in more appropriate housing||Cleaning the neighborhood|
|Long-term priorities||Objective 1||Objective 2|
|Housing||Solving the issue of property documents (many of which are done by hand)|
|Infrastructure||Solving 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, and 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 CAG with the assistance of local authorities and the ROMACT Romania National Support Team.
On 30 September 2016 a cleaning action took place initiated by the CAG with the help of the ROMACT Romania National Support Team, with symbolic financial support of the ROMACT Programme for materials needed for the cleaning. 50 children of schooling age received backpacks and stationary needed for the new school year as a reward for their involvement in the cleaning campaign. The municipality of Turda provided logistical support through the dispatching of a truck for the collection of the garbage and transporting it to the nearest dumpsite. To learn more on this story, read this article.
Furthermore, the CAG had organised to draft and sign a letter addressed to the authority in charge of controlling the situation of stray dogs in the municipality, resulting in the collection and sterilisation of part of the animal population. The issue, however, remains open since stray dogs continue to be a threat to people in the neighborhood. The municipality contributed with the hiring of a veterinarian for the sterilisation procedures.
The ROMACT Romania NST is regularly in contact with local authorities representing the municipality as well as schools in view of preparations of applications for funding of projects on various lines of the Operational Programme for Human Resources.