Navigation path

Roma integration by EU country

As in most other EU countries, Bulgaria’s structural funds are dedicated to all disadvantaged people, including the Roma.

Bulgaria’s funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Bulgaria was allocated €6.9 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF). Bulgaria allocated 3.2% (€37 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people. These funds support a wide range of sectoral investments, including those that concern the Roma, such as financial help for housing and school infrastructure.

For the 2014-2020 period, Bulgaria will be allocated a total of €7.2 billion in EU funds (current prices), out of which €5.1 billion will come from the ESF and the ERDF. At least 28.7% of this amount will be spent on the ESF, with at least 20% of that going towards promoting social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter amount could also finance Roma-related measures.


ESF managing authorities

Relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Council of Ministers (OP Technical Assistance), 8 Serdika Street, BG-1000 Sofia
  • Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, Directorate General 'Programming of Regional Development', (OP Regional Development) 17-19 Kiril and Metodii Street, BG-1000 Sofia

More info on Bulgarian regional policy Operational Programmes (in English) and ESF OPs.- EU Structural Funds Portal in Bulgaria.

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.