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Roma integration by EU country

EU structural funds in Belgium are handled by five managing authorities at three levels of government (federal, regional and community). The federal Operational Programme is the only one with funding specifically earmarked for the Roma.

Belgium's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Belgium was allocated €2.3 billion under the Cohesion policy (European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF)). These funds cover the objectives of territorial co-operation and regional competitiveness and employment. A further €418 million was allocated 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. Most of the ESF Operational Programmes target social inclusion in priority axes. Belgium spent €2.3 million on OPs over this funding period.

For the 2014-2020 period, Belgium will be allocated a total of €2.2 billion (current prices) under the Cohesion policy (ESF and ERDF funds). Of this amount, at least 52% will be spent on the ESF, with at least 20% of that going towards promoting social inclusion and combating  poverty. The latter could also finance Roma-related measures.


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.