Blagoevgrad

General Information
 
ROMACT Cycle: 
Ongoing
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Rumen Tomov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Nikolay Salmov - Expert "Ethnic and Integration Issues"
Facilitators: 
Dora Petkova
Total population: 
77 441
Source: 
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 836
Description of the Municipality: 

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Blagoevgrad municipality is situated in the northwestern part of Blagoevgrad Province, in the western part of Bulgaria, at the border with North Macedonia. 
The municipality includes Blagoevgrad and 25 villages. 
According to unofficial data from the representatives for the local Roma community, approximately 3 000 Roma are living in Blagoevgrad.
They are settled in 3 different parts of the municipalities, in Blagoevgrad and in the villages of Pokrovnik and Padesh. 
The municipality develops project proposals under the Operational Programmes. The municipality wants to start working more actively in the field of social inclusion of marginalized groups. In recent years there has been active migration to major cities in the country and abroad, high unemployment, fewer children in schools.

Some of the main issues they face 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;
- Areas in Roma neighborhoods without running water.

The ROMACT Process

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 November 2020. 

Timeline Points

24 Mar 2020
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
2 Nov 2020
Creation of Taskforce
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