General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Boris Nikolov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Elena Alexandrova - Chief Expert "Social activities"
Tsonko Tsonev and Yuksel Yasharov
Total population: 
6 161
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 206
Description of the Municipality: 

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Belogradchik Municipality is a located municipality in Vidin Province, Northwestern Bulgaria. To the west and southwest, the municipality borders on Republic of Serbia. Vidin Province is reported as the region that is the fastest depopulating in Europe
Belogradchik administers 18 villages. 
According to the local administration, there are approximately 1 600 Roma living in the municipality. They live in separate neighborhoods and are concentrated in Belogradchik, Rabisha, Veshtitsa and Oshane.

The municipality is actively trying to develop project proposals under the Operational Programmes. In recent years there has been active migration to major cities in the country and abroad, high unemployment, fewer children in schools. Belogradchik  is located in a region that is the fastest depopulating in Europe.
Some of the main issues Roma are faced with are:  

  • - Illegal houses;
  • - A huge number of the population emigrate to Western Europe;
  • - High unemployment rate;
  • - A huge number of people do not have health insurance.

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT started in April 2020 with the signature of the Letter of agreement.

The Taskforce for Roma inclusion was created following Mayor's approval in September 2020. 

Several trainings were provided:
The Local Authorities were coached/trained on: 
* Development of a Plan for integrated develoment of municipality - PIRO
* Participation in a public consultation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan of Bulgaria

 The CAG was coached/trained on:
* Assessing community needs- Community Survey 
* Participating in the municipal budget process

Timeline Points

1 Apr 2020
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
18 Sep 2020
Creation of Taskforce
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