General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Reinforced process
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Krasimir Gerchev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Katerina Nikolova – municipal expert, Veselin Dimitrov – Health mediator
Daniela Mihaylova
Total population: 
21 495
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
Description of the Municipality: 

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Razlog Municipality administratively belongs to Blagoevgrad District. The municipality occupies part of the northern half of Blagoevgrad district and with its area of ​​506.47 km2. The municipality consists of 8 settlements. The general trend in the municipal economy is to reduce the levels of production and sales. With relatively stable levels of change in the number of enterprises and assets, the ongoing processes of restructuring the economy have had a serious impact on output and, accordingly, on operating income and employment.

The ethnic composition of the municipality is 90.7% Bulgarians, 4.04% Roma and 0.1 Turks. The Roma community in the municipality lives mainly in the town of Razlog and the village of Banya.

The ROMACT Process

ROMACT Process started in April 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 April 2022.

As of  February 2024, ROMACT process is reinforced in Razlog and a new agreement was signed by the Mayor to reinforce the ROMACT cycle in the municipality.

The Municipality benefited from ROMACT expertise to apply 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.

"Nature needs our care!" - Funded by FM of EEA and Norway grants.
Budget 22 128 €
Status: rejected

“Preventing disinformation among young people in Razlog’s schools” - Funded by the US Embassy in Bulgaria.
Budget 25 575 €
Status: rejected

* "A contribution to the future of Razlog: diversity and tolerance in school" - Contest for concepts/initiatives under the "Together" fund, administered by the Foundation "Workshop for Civic Initiatives”.
Budget 20 000€
Status: rejected

MORPHS - inclusive communities through multiethnic, cultural and touristic capitalization - Funded by Interreg VI-B Danube.
Budget : 118 515€
Status : rejected

"Ethno-cultural interaction" - Funded by the COIDUEM.
Budget : 15 316€
Status : approved

"Integration in Action" - Funded by the COIDUEM.
Budget : 16 619€
Status : on reserve list

Trainings provided by ROMACT experts :

Community Action Groups (CAG):
Participation within the municipal budgeting process;
Understand and Participate in CLLD strategies;
Achieving the Community Action Group sustainability through establishing and developing a civil society organisation.

Local Authorities (LA):
Consultation on the preparation of the Municipal Action Plan on Roma Integration; 
Analysing the Municipal Plans for Roma Integration;
Teamwork for more effective implementation of the Municipal Plans for Inclusion, Equality and Participation of Roma;
Data collection and preparation for the needs assessment of Roma community;
Information meeting on "Erasmus+  Program - KA1 Learning Mobility for Individuals; KA2 Cooperation between Organizations and Institutions ”;
Information on procedure BG05SFPR002-2.003: “Future for the children” in Bulgaria;
* Reinforcing the local partnerships for more effective practical implementation of children's rights and the protection of children at risk;
Including priorities and measures for Roma communities in the Integrated stratedies for territorial development.

LA and CAG : 
Presentation of Erasmus+ Program - KA1 Learning Mobility for Individuals; KA2 Cooperation between Organizations and Institution;
Consultations with LA and CAG on the establishment of neighbourhood councils.

Taskforce :
Reinforcing the local partnerships for more effective practical implementation of children's rights and the protection of children at risk;
Partnership management for planning and implementation of municipal policies 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 November 2021 - May 2022:
We grow, play and succeed together – Razlog Municipality
ROMACT supported the municipality with 5000 €, reaching around 90 children in Roma neighbourhood. The project covered the renovation of an old playground to provide a pleasant and safe environment where children can develop social, physical and cognitive skills through games and activities.

Timeline Points

28 Apr 2021
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
18 Nov 2021
Creation of the Municipal Taskforce for Roma Inclusion
14 Apr 2022
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Adoption of the Joint Action Plan by Local Council
31 Mar 2023
End of ROMACT process
6 Mar 2024
Start of reinforced process
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