Belogradchik

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Reinforced process
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Boyan Minkov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Elena Alexandrova - Chief Expert "Social activities"
Facilitators: 
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 and continued until December 2022.

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

The Municipal Action Plan for Roma Inclusion was adopted together with the Local Development Strategy in December 2021.
As of  January 2024, ROMACT process is reinforced in Belogradchik and a new agreement was signed by the Mayor to reinforce the ROMACT cycle in the municipality. 

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
* Developing team work skills to increase the capacity of Taskforce

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following projects:
* "Empowerment of Roma communities trough building a sustainable knowledge and skills for improved social inclusion", Financial Mechanism of the EEA, “Local Development, Poverty Reduction and Enhanced Inclusion of Vulnerable Groups” Programme BGLD-3.002- Under evaluation

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 in Belogradchik during May 2020 – March 2021:

Let’s play together on the playground! – Municipality of Belogradchik
ROMACT supported the municipality with 5007 € for the renovation of an existing playground which created a pleasant and safe public place for children in the Roma community. Public discussions and workshops focusing on “socially responsible and tolerant behaviour in society” were also organized for children and their parents in the community.

Initiative to counter COVID19 pandemic - Belogradchik
ROMACT supported the municipality with 2512 € reaching 180 people in Roma community. The project covered information campaign on COVID19 and provided masks, disinfectant products, informative flyers to raise awareness in the community. Food supplies were also provided for families with dire financial situation.
 

Timeline Points

1 Apr 2020
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
18 Sep 2020
Creation of Taskforce
31 Dec 2021
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Adoption of the MAPRI and LDS
31 Dec 2021
End of ROMACT Process
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