General Information
ROMACT Cycle: 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Kostadin Koev
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Tanya Krasteva - Junior expert "Humanitarian and social activities"
Tsonko Tsonev and Yuksel Yasharov
Total population: 
40 707
National census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
2 141
Description of the Municipality: 

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Velingrad Municipality is located in southwestern Bulgaria and is part of Pazardzhik Province. Velingrad town administrates 21 settlements. 
According to official data, the Roma population consists of 5% of the total population in the municipality. However, according to municipal sources, the Roma population is about 4 600 people. They live in separate neighborhoods and are concentrated in Velingrad and Draginovo.

Some of the main problems Roma are faced with are:
• Illegal houses;
• A huge number of the population emigrates to Western Europe;
• High unemployment rate;
• High levels of discrimination against Roma;
• There is no water supply network in parts of the Roma neighborhoods;
• Unregulated landfills;
• A huge number of people do not have health insurance.

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 September 2020. 

Several training were provided: 

The local authorities were coached/trained on:
* Opportunities under the new Erasmus+ Program (2021-2027) in the School Education sector

The CAG members were coached/trained on:
* Role and functions of an NGO
* Role and functions of local authorities and advocacy
* Participation in the public discussion: Budget 2021 and Plan for integrated development of the municipality 2021-2027
* Registering an NGO

The Taskforce members were coached/trained on: 
* Team work

The Municipality benefited of ROMACT expertise for the following project:
"Socio-economic integration of vulnerable groups and integrated measures to improve access to education", OPHRD&OPSEIG: Under evaluation 

Timeline Points

25 Mar 2020
Step 1- Becoming Committed- Signature of the letter of agreement
29 Sep 2020
Creation of the Municipal Taskforce for Roma Inclusion
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