Vratsa

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Closed
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Kalin Kamenov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Petya Dolapchieva - deputy mayor
Facilitators: 
Alexandra Raykova
Total population: 
75 368
Source: 
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
2 215
Description of the Municipality: 

Vratsa is the largest city in northwestern Bulgaria. Administrative and economic center of the municipality of Vratsa and Vratsa Province.  The municipality includes 23 settlements - 1 town and 22 villages.

According to unofficial estimates, about 4 500 Roma live in the municipality. The major part of them live in Vratsa town itself while the rest is located in the villages of Nefela, Tri Kladentsi , Banitsa , Varbitsa and Tishevitsa. 

The ROMACT Process

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

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

In March 2021, the Municipality Inclusion Development Plan was adopted and included half of the community proposals.

Several training were provided: 

The local authorities were coached/trained on:
* National programs 2021 - 2027 funded by the EU structural and cohesion funds in support of municipal policies for social inclusion
* Partnership management for planning and implementation of municipal policies for social inclusion

The CAG members were coached/trained on:
* Role and functions of an NGO
* Role and functions of local authorities and advocacy
* Legal support for potential solutions for community members without ID

ROMACT Small Grants Scheme
 
ROMACT offers small grants scheme to support the efforts of the municipalities and Community Action Groups to respond together to the needs of the most vulnerable and to multiply the good practices across ROMACT municipalities.
 
Under the scheme of small grants, the following projects were supported by ROMACT between May 2020 - April 2021:
 
Initiative to counter COVID19 pandemic – Municipality of Vratsa
ROMACT supported the municipality with 2549 €, reaching 1500 people from Roma community. The project covered information campaign on COVID19 and provided masks, disinfectant products to assist disadvantageous groups and raise awareness in the community. Commonly used areas of the neighbourhood were disinfected with special cleaning equipment to provide hygiene against pandemic.
 
Support for marginalized groups – Municipality of Vratsa
ROMACT supported the municipality 4580 €, reaching 3000 people from Roma community. The project covered protective hygiene materials, street disinfection and technical assistance in issuing official personal documents (ID cards) for 100 disadvantaged citizens in Roma community. The technical assistance included information campaign to raise awareness on the importance of personal documents, filling out forms, procedure follow-up and paying the state fees for standard services. These activities contributed to overcoming social disparities through enabling equal access to health, social and public services with ID cards.
 

Timeline Points

23 Mar 2020
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
12 Oct 2020
Creation of Taskforce
30 Mar 2021
Municipality Inclusion Development Plan is adopted by the Local Council
31 Dec 2021
End of ROMACT Process
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