General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Zohro Ilchev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Zyumbyul Ivanova – municipal expert, Kadrie Mehmedova – health mediator
Galina Topalova
Total population: 
22 934
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
3 381
Description of the Municipality: 

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Provadia Municipality is located in northeastern Bulgaria in the western part of Varna District. Provadia Municipality is part of the 12 municipalities of Varna region and its area of 573.60 sq. km ranks first among the twelve municipalities of the district, which is 13.61% of the district. The municipality unites 25 settlements, one of which town (Provadia) and 24 villages.

The economy of the municipality consist from companies working in the field of trade, followed by the share of agriculture, processing industry, hotels and restaurants.


The ROMACT Process

ROMACT Process started in May 2021 with the signature of the Letter of Agreement.

The Taskforce for Roma inclusion was created following Mayor's approval in November 2021. 

The Municipal Action Plan for Roma inclusion was adopted by the Local Council in June 2022.

The Municipality benefited from ROMACT expertise to apply for the following project :
The expertise provided by ROMACT for municipalities involves training and guidance on preparing project proposals and implementing inclusive policies aimed at improving the living conditions and social integration of vulnerable populations, including the Roma.

Strengthening the municipal capacity - Funded by the HRD Program 21-27.
Budget : 55 079 €
Status: approved

* "Hot lunch for people in need" - Funded by the Program for food and basic material support 2021 – 2027.
Status : approved

Trainings provided by ROMACT experts :

Community Action Groups (CAG):
Achieving the Community Action Group sustainability through establishing and developing a civil society organisation;
NGO registration.

Local Authorities (LA):
* Including priorities and measures for Roma communities in the Integrated stratedies for territorial development;
Participation in a public consultation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan of Bulgaria;
* Consultation on the preparation of the Municipal Action Plan on Roma Integration;
Opportunities under the new Erasmus+ Program (2021-2027) in the School Education sector;
Social and Emotional Development and Language Culture through Lego Education (training for teachers).

LA and CAG : 
Presentation of Erasmus+ Program - KA1 Learning Mobility for Individuals; KA2 Cooperation between Organizations and Institutions;
Increasing the sensitivity to hate speech and prejudice against the Roma in the planning and implementation of inclusive policies;

Taskforce :
Making the most from the Integrated Territorial Investments and Community Led Local Development for planning and implementing the municipal plans for social inclusion

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 project was supported by ROMACT between February 2022 - May 2022:
A beam of light for children – Provodiya Municipality
ROMACT supported the municipality with 2112 €, reaching 22 children from vulnerable families with extremely dire financial situation in the villages of Bozveliysko, Manastir and Zhitnitsa. The project targeted to cover the basic clothing needs of children for winter and reaching out to their families to inform them about social benefits and job opportunities provided by the Labour Bureau and Social Aid Department. The children received protective winter jackets, clothing and boots which boosted their morale and confidence. Their mothers attended meetings to learn about procedures to apply for jobs and social benefits.

Timeline Points

10 May 2021
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
24 Nov 2021
Creation of the Municipal Taskforce for Roma Inclusion
28 Jun 2022
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Adoption of the Joint Action Plan by Local Council
31 Mar 2023
End of ROMACT process
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