Ilida

General Information
 
Mayor of the Municipality: 
Christos CHRISTODOPOULOS
Contact Person within the Municipality: 
Lykourgos POLYCHRONOPOULOS, Secretary General of Municipality.
Facilitators: 
Yiannis GEORGIOU, Christos ILIADIS, Christina CHRISTOU
Total population: 
32 219
Source: 
Official Greek Census 2011
Roma living in the Municipality: 
1 500
Source: 
Estimation by the community action group.
Description of the Municipality: 

Greece Country Assessment drafted by Christina Christou, facilitator in ROMED2, is available in Greek and English

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The Municipality of Ilida belongs administratively to the Region of Western Greece and is located 294 km west of Athens. The settlement of the first Roma community in Ilida started after the 1960s and was completed in the 1970s with Roma who came mainly from the Central Macedonia Region. This community settled in the "Papakafkas District"(Παπακαυκάς) of the city of Amaliada and is composed of approximately 250 families (1150-1200 persons) whose main activity relies on trade of various goods in public markets and bazaars. The Roma community in Papakafkas is well integrated and its relations with the majority population and authorities are smooth.
 
In Ilida, another Roma community of about 35 families (200-250 people) settled between 1995 and 1997 in the area of Tsichleika (Τσιχλέικα). Most of them are originally from Attica, Crete and Etoloakarnania.
Like their peers from Papakafkas, they also sell various kinds of goods in markets and bazaars; however they have significant differences in financial and social status in comparison with the Roma community of Papakafkas. Furthermore, they do not have contact or relations with the local mainstream community or with Local Authorities. 
 
These large differences between the two communities derive mainly from the fact that, in their vast majority, Roma in Tsichleika are completely illiterate and lack any specific professional attributes. Since 1997, the area of Tsichleika has been the basis from which families have been constantly moving in search of job opportunities, and, to a certain extent, they are still moving at present.  

Video created by CAG members on the history of Roma in Ilida
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Description of the CAG: 

If in the beginning of the ROMED2 process, the CAG in Ilida comprised members from both communities, today the ROMED2 National Support Team in Greece chose to take a different approach and let the group naturally break up in two separate ones. This is due to the fact that the difference in the level of integration and living standards of each group made it difficult for opinions to converge. Today, the two CAGs in Ilida represent the communities of Papakafkas (4 members, all men), and Tsichleika (3 members, all men).

Most CAG members are also members of the local Roma Association (Association of Greek Roma of Papakafkas Distrrict, “St George” - Σύλλογος Ελλήνων Ρόμ (ROM) Συνοικίας Παπακαυκά «Άγιος Γεώργιος»).

The difference in the level of integration and living standards also reflects in the difference in capacity of members of the two CAGs to engage in participatory processes. One of the CAG members from the Roma Neighborhood of Papakafkas (Panagiotis Gaitatzis - Παναγιώτης Γκαϊτατζής) participates in the Consultation Committee of the municipality of Ilida.

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CAG identified needs: 

Short-term priorities
For the CAG of Papakafkas:

  • * provision of  more containers for waste disposal;
  • * increase in the frequency of waste collection;
  • * improvement and guarantee of the maintenance of the public lighting;
  • * roads and infrastructure repairs and maintenance;
  • * installation of adequate traffic panels and lights.

For the CAG of Tsichleika :

  • * cooperation with the Municipality for cleaning up and tidying the camp;
  • * access to enough containers for waste disposal, and ensuring regular collection of the waste by the municipal service;
  • * construction of restrooms in the camp;
  • * creation of a public playground space.

 
Long-term priorities
The CAG of Papakafkas:

  • * connection of the entire district to the city sewage system.
  • * legalization of jobs in street markets and bazaars of the wider region.

The CAG of Tsichleika :

  • * solution for the sanitation problem in the camp;
  • * legalization and facilitation of jobs  in street markets and bazaars of the wider region;
  • * regularization of electricity-related issues in the camp;
  • * permanent solution concerning the housing problem through relocation of the settlement or the social housing development programme;
Initiatives within ROMED2 and relevant Local Action Plan: 

Since the beginning of 2015, the local authorities in Ilida have been actively working on Roma-related issues and have been in contact with the Roma community from Tsichleika, while dialogue with the Roma community in Papakafkas has already been established for years. In general, the cooperation with the local administration is good and through the regular joint meeting, the Community Action Group already addressed the Municipality with:

- a request to the Mayor to set a date and provide the necessary material and tools (grates, shovels, garbage bags, etc.) for a cleaning action in the settlements; the CAG volunteered to do the work themselves if the necessary material is provided.
 
- a request of 19 illiterate Roma adults from Tsichleika for the creation of a literacy "class". The class was created by the Office for Education of the Local Department for Lifelong Learning Institute in Ilida  for them to acquire basic reading and writing skills starting with the beginning of May 2015. For the first classes the attendance went above initial expectations, with as many as 26 persons – all of whom Roma from Tsichleika –attending on a regular basis. There are no women among the students; however the National Support Team aims to correct this imbalance.
 
In relation with other priorities defined by the CAG in Ilida and agreed upon during the joint meetings with the local authorities, the staff of the Technical Services of the Municipality already initiated the drawing of a study for the installation of a “new type” of bio-septic tanks for the area of Tsichleika.

Timeline

7 May 2015
Training
12 May 2015
Training
12 May 2015
Training
3 Jun 2015
Training
24 Jun 2015
Training
25 Jun 2015
Training
24 Aug 2015
Training
25 Aug 2015
Training
26 Aug 2015
Training
27 Aug 2015
Training
15 Oct 2015
Community Action Group Meeting
20 Oct 2015
Community Action Group Meeting
21 Oct 2015
Training
22 Oct 2015
Training
23 Oct 2015
Meeting with Local Authorities
17 Nov 2015
Training
18 Nov 2015
Training
20 Dec 2015
Community Action Group Meeting
21 Dec 2015
Training
24 May 2016
Community Action Group Meeting
25 May 2016
Meeting with Local Authorities
22 Jun 2016
Community Action Group Meeting
23 Jun 2016
Meeting with Local Authorities
24 Jun 2016
Joint Meeting between the CAG and Local Authorities
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