General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Merdin Bayryam
Total population: 
10 374
NSI 2017
Roma living in the Municipality: 
3 500
Description of the Municipality: 

Varbitsa is a town in eastern Bulgaria and is part of Shumen Province.
Most of Varbitsa's 3 500 Roma are located in two neighbourhoods: Troshka, where Horohane are living  and Musikantska, where Drandari (musicians) are living. The latter are more marginalised with part of the neighborhood houses built outside a regulated frame and without basic utilities.
School attendance is rather high, however, about 25% of Roma girls do not complete primary school and get married at the age of 16-17. 
More than 500 Roma community members migrated to Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands in the last 5 years.

The ROMACT Process

Varbitsa joined ROMACT programme in November 2018 with the signature of the Letter of Agreement.
In September 2019, the Taskforce for Roma Inclusion was created. 

Timeline Points

21 Nov 2018
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
24 Sep 2019
Creation of Taskforce
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