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Roma integration by EU country

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

France's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, France was allocated €13.4 billion under the Cohesion Policy (the European Regional Development Fund-ERDF, the European Social Fund-ESF) and a further €6.4 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 infrastructures. The European Social Fund allocated €4.5 billion, and 37% of that sum went towards social cohesion, social inclusion, and fight against discrimination.

For the 2014-2020 period, France will be allocated a total of €15.9 billion under the Cohesion Policy (ESF and ERDF). At least 41.7% 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 could also finance Roma-related measures.


ESF managing authorities

Ministry of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Dialogue (national programme 2007-2013), ESF Sub-Directorate, and the regional prefect for the four French overseas departments programmes.

For the 2014-2020 period: Ministry of Labour, Employment, Vocational Training and Dialogue (national programme 2014-2013), ESF Sub-Directorate, Regional Councils for the metropolitan France (regional programmes), prefect of the region for Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guiana for the State programmes, Regional Councils for Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guiana (regional programmes), prefect of the region for Mayotte and la Réunion.

Relevant ERDF managing authorities

In France, the managing authorities are under Operational Programmes dedicated to each particular region. For the 2014-2020 period, the managing authorities are represented by the Regional Councils.

More info on France’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.