Equality, inclusion and participation of Roma citizens

Taking into account the fact that one of the main priorities of the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works is the elaboration of urgent measures to solve the problems in urban ghettos, where the living conditions are unacceptable for an EU member state, the Directorate of Housing Policy contributes to the improvement of the living conditions of the most marginalized and vulnerable communities and to the implementation of the strategic and framework documents related to the integration of Roma in the Republic of Bulgaria.

The envisaged activities are related to the implementation of projects providing support for the social integration of the Roma minority, with a secured cadastral and urban planning basis, the construction of technical infrastructure for neighborhoods with compact Roma population and for new sites intended for low housing construction, construction of social housing and social infrastructure facilities. As a long-term goal for the period until 2030, the implementation of the project “Establishment of a working mechanism for housing stock assessment in areas with compact Roma population” is envisaged.

In implementing the activities under the current National Strategy of the Republic of Bulgaria for Equality, Inclusion and Participation of Roma (2021-2030), the Directorate of Housing Policy applies an integrated approach to citizens in vulnerable situations of Roma origin (which is applied within the framework of the broader strategy to combat poverty) and does not exclude the provision of support to disadvantaged persons from other ethnic groups.