Articles country

ROMACT meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria “Mainstreaming Roma Inclusion Issues into Local and Regional Development"

National Palace of Culture

The event provided an opportunity to discuss, based on the evidence collected from the field by ROMACT experts, the issues encountered at local level with regards to strategic planning and the mainstreaming of social inclusion issues of marginalized Roma communities.

ROMACT event during European Week of Regions and Cities- 11 October 2018

 Bulgarian and Romanian Mayors and experts explained how they overcame these barriers with the support of the ROMACT programme. 

ROMACT TCC- Call for proposals for grants for the organisation of working visits - Deadline 15 July 2018

The Transnational Cooperation and Capacity Building component of the ROMACT programme (ROMACT TCC) aims at assisting local authorities in better integrating marginalised people, in particular non-nationals of Roma ethnicity.

Call for tenders for consultants in Bulgaria and Romania - Deadline: 15 March 2018

Consultants will support the implementation of ROMACT Programme by providing consultancy services on various topics.

Call for tenders for ROMACT National Facilitators’ Coordinators in Bulgaria and Romania - Deadline- 27 February 2018

The National Facilitators’ Coordinator will undertake an organizational and coordination function, will act as a conduit between facilitators and ensure effective implementation of activities by facilitators.

Call for tenders for ROMACT National Project Officers in Bulgaria and Romania - Deadline- 27 February 2018

The National Project Officer will undertake a coordination function , act as a conduit between national, regional and local authorities, National Facilitators’ Coordinator, Facilitators and Roma communities and will work to ensure effective cooperation between these different stakeholders.

Isperih Municipality Results! Monthly Fees have been cancelled for Nurseries and Kindergartens

The Isperih municipality has been participating in the ROMACT programme since 2015 and one of the first actions was to form a patrnership which includes the ROMACT programme team, the municipality administration and the Community Action Group (CAG).  This partnership team was established to ensure that the voice of the Roma community is included in the municipality policy process and it is already yeilding positive results.
During an additional Isperih Municipal Council session on the 28 December 2017, the council considered the Mayor’s direction to discuss the matter of nursery and kindergarten accessibility. The meeting resulted in a unanimous vote to end monthly fees for nursery and kindergarten services to children in the municipality.

Positive dialogue and taking responsibility in Bratsigovo, Bulgaria

Cleaning campaign in Bratsigovo

During the past months, the town witnessed some tensions between the Roma and the non-Roma that led to a point in which a petition was sent to the municipality demanding the removal of some illegal Roma houses. As a result of the dialogue and community actions, the Bulgarian residents in the neighborhood retracted their petition from the municipality.

ROMACT achievements in a Snapshot

Since October 2013 until July 2017, ROMACT has been implemented in 123 municipalities, generating over 25 000000 € through inclusive projects for approx. 65 000 beneficiaries, with an average investment of 25 000 € per municipality per year.


Disclaimer - © Council of Europe 2015 - © photo credit