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Roma integration by EU country

As in most EU countries, Austria's structural funds are dedicated to all disadvantaged people, including the Roma.

Austria's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Austria was allocated €1.2 billion under the Cohesion policy (European Regional Development Fund - ERDF and European Social Fund - ESF), and a further €3,9 billion through the Rural Development Fund. These funds support a wide range of sectoral investments, including those that concern the Roma, such as financial help for housing and school infrastructure. Austria allocated 25% (€131 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people.

For the 2014-2020 period, Austria will be allocated a total of €1.24 billion in EU funds, out of which €978 million will come from the ESF and the ERDF. Of this amount, at least 43.5% will be spent on the ESF with at least 20% of that going to the promotion of social inclusion and combatting poverty. The latter could also finance Roma-related measures.


ESF managing authorities

Relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Carinthian Economic Promotion Fund (OP Kärnten), Heuplatz 2, A-9020 Klagenfurt
  • Regional Government of Lower Austria, Department of Spatial Planning and EU Regional Policy (OP Lower Austria), Landhausplatz 1, A-3109 St. Pölten
  • Regional Government of Salzburg, Department of Economy, Tourism and Energy (OP Salzburg), Südtirolerplatz 11, A-5020 Salzburg
  • Regional Government of Styria, Department 14 – Economy and Innovation (OP Styria), Nikolaiplatz 3, A-8020 Graz
  • Regional Government of Tyrol, Department of Spatial Planning and Statistics (OP Tyrol), Landhaus 2, Heiliggeiststraße 7-9, A-6020 Innsbruck
  • Regional Government of Upper Austria, Department of Economy (OP Upper Austria), Bahnhofplatz 1, A-4021 Linz
  • Regional Government of Vienna, Department of EU-Strategy and Economic Development (OP Vienna), Schlesingerplatz 2, A-1080 Wien
  • Regional Government of Vorarlberg, Department of European Affairs and International Relations (OP Vorarlberg), Römerstrasse 15, A-6900 Bregenz
  • Regional management Burgenland GmbH, EU-Verwaltungsbehörde (OP Burgenland), Marktstraße 3, Technologiezentrum, A-7000 Eisenstadt

More info on Austria’s Operational Programmes: ESF OPs and ERDF OPs.

A layman’s guide to EU funding

  • FAQ: Does the EU earmark funds for Roma integration?
    No, EU funds are not earmarked for specific groups of people. They support projects in such areas as education, employment, training and social infrastructure.
  • FAQ: What kind of support do EU funds provide?
    EU funds can finance investment in education, training or infrastructure, for example.
  • FAQ: How are the Funds allocated?
    See EU Funding.
  • FAQ: Who should I contact to obtain EU funding for a project in my country?
    EU funding is mainly channelled via national or regional managing authorities. Contact details can be found at the European Social Fund or at the Regional Development Fund.
  • FAQ: Can I obtain funding for a new project in 2014?
    Information about funding opportunities can be obtained by contacting the managing authorities (see above).

For more FAQs, visit the European Social Fund or the European Regional Development Fund.