Vítkov is situated twenty kilometers from Opava, in the Moravskoslezsky region. Most of the Roma population in Vítkov lives in social apartments owned by the municipality and a smaller number of people live in hostels and private houses.
The problems that Roma are facing in Vítkov are related to poor housing, a high unemployment rate as well as issues in accessing education and proper access to healthcare services. The lack of jobs and the poor living conditions represent the most pressing issues of the community.
In 2009, Vítkov was the target of extremist attacks against Roma (arson of Roma houses), which resulted in severely injuring several members of the community. Later in 2014, extremist marches against Roma were held in Budisov, transforming the area in a target for anti Roma sentiments.
The ROMACT process started on 20th November 2015, with the signing the letter of commitment by the Mayor, Mr. Pavel Smolka. The Municipality shows willingness to participate to the ROMACT process and also provided local funds to contribute to the local community center, “Club Tunel”, a center mostly designated for youth activities. The CAG together with the local authority plan to apply for funding to the CLLD program and to this end hired an employee specialized in designing and managing projects.
Furthermore, the CAG together with the Municipality, identified the need of a social worker and a Roma Police assistant, which represents an affirmative measure adopted by the Municipality. The Roma Police Assistant function has proved to be beneficial in the past. The purpose of the Roma Police Assistant is to gap the bridge between the community and the police force, acting as a liaison between the two parties.
Due to the proximity and the similarities of their needs, the municipalities of Budišov nad Budišovkou and Vítkov have agreed to join their efforts in implementing the ROMACT process in their communities.
The tables below summarize the needs of the community identified by the CAG in Vítkov.
|Short-term priorities of the CAG||Objective 1|
|Education||Implement leisure activities for children and youth at club Tunnel in Vítkov|
|Housing||Renovation works for the houses in the community|
|Youth||Provide a rehearsing place for young musicians|
|Long-term priorities of the CAG||Objective 1|
|Employment||Establishing social enterprises in order to create employment opportunities|