General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Costin Lucian-Grigore
Corneliu Petrica
Total population: 
36 871
Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 968
Description of the Municipality: 

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Last update: 12/01/2017
Tecuci Municipality is located in Southern part of Galati County, Moldova, Romania and numbers 34.871 inhabitants. According to the Census of Population and Housing from 2011, Tecuci numbers 1.968 Roma people – representing 5.3% of total population.  Unofficially, they are about 4.000 Roma citizens (according to local Roma leaders and Roma NGOs). Around 20% of Roma population left the municipality in the last 5 years.
In Tecuci live 6 Roma communities:

  • - Bălcescu neighborhood
  • - Gării neighborhood
  • - Tineretului neighborhood
  • - Criviţeni neighborhood
  • - Satu Nou neighborhood
  • - Cernicari neighborhood

According to the County School Inspectorate, from 420 Roma children aged 3 to 5 years living in the municipality, only 294 are attending preschool/kindergarten. 270 out of 450 Roma children aged 6 to 17 attend a form of school. The reasons of the high dropout rate (40%) are related to parents migrating abroad, poor socio-economic status, low involvement of parents in school life, early marriage. Also, the quality of the schools children are learning in is poor, buildings are old and have not been rehabilitated and they are missing utilities and have old equipment.

There is no concrete data on number of Roma people who have a job, as for employment, or submission of documents in order to obtain certain rights and / or social services. It is estimated by the municipality, however, that 1% of Roma population has a job – typically they are involved in seasonal or occasional work or they are conducting business activities with or without authorization.
Around 30% of Roma dwellings are not connected to utilities, while 85% or Roma households are not able to pay for utilities. Most access roads to the homes of Roma people are not paved or are in very poor condition. There is no sewage and after rain or snow, the roads are flooded and become impracticable.
80% of Roma population is registered to a family doctor. 15% of Roma citizens of Tecuci are lacking identity papers.

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT process started on October 2016. In  December 2016, the Taskforce for Roma Inclusion was created. 

The Community Action Group (CAG) identified some of the short/medium/long-term needs and measures as the following:

PrioritiesProblem 1Problem 2Problem 3
EducationSchool dropoutPoor learning conditions in schoolsLack of interest from parents
HealthLack of family doctor Lack of medical insurance
InfrastructureBad roads infrastructureLow connection to public utilities
HousingPrecarious housing conditionsLack of alternative educational programs and/or of alphabetizing for adultsLack of social houses
Jobs/labor marketLack of jobsLack of professional trainings/qualifications
OtherLack of identity papers and civil status documentsIssues related to ownership rights of lands and houses held by Roma inhabitants

The Joint Action Plan for Roma inclusion was adopted by the Local Council in October 2018. 

As of June 2022, ROMACT process is reinforced in Tecuci and a new agreement was signed by the Mayor. 
In July 2023, the Joint Action Plan for Roma inclusion was renewed and approved by the Local Council. 

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following projects :
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.
Your Chance - Integrated measures of education, vocational training, employment, continuous social assistance and housing in the Nicolae Balcescu - Tecuci neighborhood, OPHC
Budget: 4 000 000€
Status: approved
Improving the energetic eficienty of public buildings in Tecuci municipality, "Building Sala Popular" - Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, ROP 13.1.
Budget: 256 695€
Status: approved
Improving the energetic eficienty of public buildings in Tecuci municipality, Elena Caragiani Technologic High School - Funded by the European Regional Develoment Fund (ERDF), ROP 13.1.
Budget: 335 714€
Status: approved

Improving the energetic eficienty of public buildings in Tecuci municipality - Funded by the ERDF, Social support canteen ROP 13.1.
Budget: 210 023€
Status: approved 

* Improving the energetic eficienty of public buildings in Tecuci municipality – Funded by the ERDF, Administrative Office, ROP 13.1
Budget: 139 087€
Status: approved

Improving the energetic eficienty of public buildings in Tecuci municipality – Funded by the ERDF, Administrative Office, ROP 13.1
Budget: 1 682 644€
Status: approved

* Equipment with furniture, teaching materials and digital equipment of pre-university education units and related units in the Municipality of Tecuci, Galati county - Funded by the National plan for recovery and resilience, C15- Education.
Budget : 256 695€
Status : approved

Equipping services for emergency situations across borders, empowering the rescuers in Tecuci and Cahul by equipping them with modern intervention technology and engaging them in both rescue activities and information/prevention initiatives - Funded by the Interreg VI-A Ro-PMD.
Budget : 1 349 178€
Status : under evaluation

Culture brought to light in our commun territory, enhance the competitiveness, innovation, and dynamism of the local economy, thereby positively impacting socio-demographic and socio-economic factors at the local level - Funded by the Interreg VI-A Ro-PMD.
Budget : 1 386 675€
Status : under evaluation

Trainings provided by ROMACT experts : 

Community Action Groups:
Training on community development, civic participation and the relation with the local authorities ;
Training on apply for small grants ;
Informative campaign on early marriages ;
Informative campaign on public services and antidiscrimination ;
Abolishment of Roma Slavery Day celebration.

Local Authorities :
Training course on public procurement ;
Project Manager Training ;
Expert in accessing structural funding Training ;
Coaching on importance of Roma human resources for municipality management ;
Coaching and feedback on POR, POCA, POCU and POIM Operational Programs ;
Support for implementing POCU 4.1 project ;
Training course aimed to support the implementation partners from the municipalities that have projects with POCU financing to better understand the process and maximize the premises for a Successful implementation ;
Information about financing lines launched or to be launched which fold under the identified needs, under various Operational Programs ;
Preventing child separation from family - developing a service plan ;
Fundraising at local level ;
Writing a competitive proposal for ROP, PA 13.1 ;
Project management vocational training  ;
Public procurement expert vocational training ;
Implementation of projects funded under HCOP ;
Accessing Structural&Cohesion Funds ;
Partnership management ;
Implementing, evaluating & monitoring JAPs ;
Challenges in using MySMIS platform.

Timeline Points

24 Nov 2016
Step 1- Becoming Commited- Signature of the letter of commitment
20 Dec 2016
Creation of Taskforce
16 Apr 2018
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Joint Action Plan for Roma inclusion adopted by Mayor
28 Sep 2018
End of ROMACT Process
20 Jun 2022
ROMACT Reinforced process
28 Feb 2023
End of ROMACT reinforced process
25 Jul 2023
Renewal and adoption of the Joint Action Plan for Roma Inclusion
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