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As in other EU countries, structural funds in Cyprus are dedicated to all disadvantaged people.

Cyprus's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Cyprus was allocated €612 million under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €162 million through the Rural Development Fund. Cyprus allocated 11.4% (€13 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people, including the Roma. These funds support a wide range of sectoral investments, including those that concern the Roma, such as the provision of programmes for eliminating early school leaving, creativity and psychosocial support services to students, and counselling and training programmes.

For the 2014-2020 period, Cyprus will receive a total of €724 million (current prices) in EU funds, out of which €422 million will come from the ESF and the ERDF. Of this amount, at least 30.7% will be spent on the ESF, with at least 20% of that going towards the promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter could also finance Roma-related measures.


ESF and ERDF managing authorities

Directorate General for European Programmes, Coordination and Development, Leof. Vyronos 29CY-1409 Nicosia

More information on Cyprus's Operational Programmes: ESF OP and ERDF OP.

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.