General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Reinforced process
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Adrian Teban
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Adriana Crisan, Coordinator at Community Assistance Center “Social bathroom” for Roma
Elena Mutiu
Total population: 
21 376
Census 2011
Description of the Municipality: 

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Cugir is a Romanian town situated in the center of the country, about 40 kilometers south-west of Alba-Iulia (the capital City of Alba County). The town administers seven villages: Bocșitura (Potschitur), Bucuru (Bukur), Calene (Kalleney), Feteni (Fetzeberg), Goasele (Eisenhammer), Mugesti (Kudschirstallen) and Vinerea (Wolfsdorf). According to the 2011 census, the total population living in the town numbers 21.376 - 95.4% Romanians, 3.4% Roma, 0.9% Hungarians and 0.2% Germans.
There are 4 Roma communities in Cugir: Cosbuc neighborhood - the largest Roma community, including about 1.600 Roma inhabitants living in blocks of studio type, Raul Mic community – which numbers almost 400 Roma who live in small houses located under a hill, Rozelor street- includes almost 200 Roma who live in two blocks with low standard of living and Cindeni neighborhood – with approx. 100 Roma who live in regular houses.

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT process in Cugir started in February 2017. The Local Action Plan for Roma was adopted, under the ROMACT Programme, on 30 May 2017 and the Joint Action Plan became an annex to the Development Strategy of the Locality. 
The Community Action Group (CAG) identified its short/medium/long-term needs:

Short and mid-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
EducationProviding services for disinsection, disinfestation, current repairs in schools and kindergartens.Organizing competitions, extracurricular activities and school camps for Roma children
CultureOrganizing cultural events with specific/inspiration from Roma folklore and cultureEstablishing a Roma Cultural Center Organizing an annual event with the local Roma Fanfare
HealthOrganizing health promotion/ anti-drug/ vaccination campaignsImproving of gynecology-pediatrics section conditions at the local maternity
Long-term prioritiesObjective 1Objective 2Objective 3
InfrastructureRepairing/asphalting the streets in the neighborhoods. Modernizing the public transportExpansion of the electricity and water/sewage network Arranging a collecting channel for rainwater and implementing a flood prevention system
HousingOffering financial support and legal advice for people lacking identity and property documentsRehabilitating the social houses Arrangement of a leisure complex and skate park for children in the community
EmploymentSupporting the process of developing competences for young people in the process of skills development and employmentProviding mentoring and support program to help Roma entrepreneurs create jobs and develop human capital in the communityAchieving a information, counseling, mediation process for a number of 1.000 Roma people
EducationSetting-up 2 school mediator positionsEnsuring a warm meal for Roma children going to school. Providing equipment, furniture, teaching materials in schools.Develop "School after School" programs
OtherModernizing the social canteen and setting up a shelter for homeless peopleSetting up an Integrated Community Center and an information office for business ideas and non-reimbursable fundsHiring one Roma local police officer

Several trainings were also provided:

  • Local Authorities representatives were coached/trained on:
  • * Accessing EU funds
  • * Developing of a project financed under  ROP
  • * Implementation of a project financed under OPHC 4.1
  • * Accessing Structural and Cohesion Funds

CAG members were coached/trained on :
* Community development and civic participation

The following measures to solve problems in Roma community were taken:
* Rehabilitation of Block 15 and 8 Cosbuc neighbourhood
* Recruitment onf a health mediator from Roma community
* Rehabilitation of the street lighting in Raul Mic community
* Contruction of a wall to stop potential landslide

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following project:
* Rehabilitation, modernization and equipment of Pervain school in Cugir - ROP 13.1- Under Evaluation
* Inclusion - European investment for social development in Cugir - OPHC 4.1- Approved- Budget 3 209 745 €

As of August 2023, ROMACT process is reinforced in Cugir and a new agreement was signed by the Mayor.

Timeline Points

10 Feb 2017
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
30 May 2017
Joint Action Plan included in the Local Development Strategy
30 May 2017
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Joint Action Plan for Roma inclusion adopted by City Council
31 May 2017
Step 4- Funding, Implementing, Monitoring- Project proposal submitted for OPHC
12 Dec 2017
Creation of Taskforce
31 Dec 2018
End of ROMACT Process
9 Aug 2023
Start of ROMACT reinforced process
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