General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Pavel Gudjerov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Iliya Rusev, Municipal Expert
Kamen Makaveev
Total population: 
25 376
Municipal administration
Roma living in the Municipality: 
4 390
Description of the Municipality: 

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Rakovski Municipality is located in the central part of Southern Bulgaria, in the eastern part of Plovdiv District. It comprises of  the main town Rakovski and 6 villages: Belozem, Stryama, Chalakovi, Shishmantsi, Bolyarovo and Momino selo.

According to official data, the Roma population makes up 6.36 % of the total population in the municipality. They live in separate neighborhoods and are concentrated in six areas in the town of Rakovski as well as the villages of Chalakovi, Stryama, Momino selo and Shishmantsi.

Some of the main issues Roma are faced with are:  

  • - Illegal housing;
  • - Poor infrastructure;
  • - Important migration to western European countries;
  • - Early marriages;
  • - Lack of health insurance for an important amount of the population.

The ROMACT Process

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

The Municipal Taskforce for Roma Inclusion was created on 9 March 2022. 

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

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 April - July 2022:

Construction of playground area - Municipality of Rakovski
ROMACT supported the municipality with 5000 € for the construction of an outdoor playground area which created a pleasant and safe public gathering place for children in the village of Shishmantsi. The local community action group volunteered in the construction of the playground. The opening of the park brought families and community together to discuss about the best use and the preservation of the playground.

Timeline Points

29 Apr 2021
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
9 Mar 2022
Creation of the Municipal Taskforce for Roma Inclusion
19 Dec 2022
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Adoption of the Joint Action Plan by Local Council
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