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Roma integration by EU country

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

Finland's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Finland was allocated €1.7 billion under the Cohesion policy (the European Regional Development Fund-ERDF, and the European Social Fund-ESF), and a further €2 billion under 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. Finland allocated 13.6% (€84.2 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people. Funding for projects specifically related to the integration of Roma was approximately of €12.3 million.

For the 2014-2020 period, Finland will be allocated a total of €1.3 billion in ESF and ERDF funds. Of this amount,  39.5% will be spent on the ESF. Roma-related measures financed by the ESF can cover actions that promote employment, education and social inclusion.


ESF managing authority

Relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Ministry of Employment and the Economy, P.O. Box 32 FIN-00023 GOVERNMENT, Director General, Regional Department Taina, Susiluoto
  • Government of Åland, Department for Trade and Industry (OPs Aland Islands), Självstyrelsegården, P.O. Box 26, FIN-AX-22111Mariehamn, Åland

More information on Finland's Operational Programmes: ESF OPs and ERDF OPs and on Finland’s use of Structural Funds.

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.