General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Alexandar Alexandrov
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Violeta Ilieva - Chief Expert "Social activities“
Yuksel Yasharov
Total population: 
4 331
Roma living in the Municipality: 
2 100
Description of the Municipality: 

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Ruzhintsi Municipality is located in Northwestern Bulgaria and is part of the administrative district of Vidin. It includes 10 settlements. The town of Ruzhintsi is the administrative center of the municipality.

Roma population lives in segragated neighborhoods  in Ruzhintsi, Cherno Pole, Byalo Pole and Drenovets. 

In recent years there has been massive migration to major cities in the country and abroad, increasing unemployment rate,  and fewer children in schools. Ruzhintsi  is located in a region that is the fastest depopulating in Europe.


The ROMACT Process

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

The Taskforce for Roma inclusion was created in November 2021.  

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

ROMACT experts provided the following trainings between August - October 2021:

For the local authorities:
*Partnership management for the implementation of municipal policies for social inclusion

For educational mediators, schools and municipal employees:
*Intercultural training for better inclusion

Timeline Points

27 Apr 2021
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
18 Nov 2021
Creation of the Municipal Taskforce for Roma Inclusion
20 Jul 2022
Step 3- Translating priorities into measures- Adoption of the Joint Action Plan by Local Council
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