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Roma integration by EU country

As in other EU countries, Greece’s structural funds are dedicated to all disadvantaged people, including the Roma. However, Greece has earmarked some funding specially for Roma inclusion policy measures.

Greece's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Greece was allocated €20.4 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €3.7 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 infrastructure. Greece has earmarked special funding for Roma inclusion policy measures. Greece allocated 9.2% (€397 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people.

For the 2014-2020 period, Greece will be allocated a total of €15.11 billion (current prices) in EU funds, out of which €11.86 billion will come from the ESF and the ERDF. At least 28.1% 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 authority

The co-ordination managing authority for funds managed by the European Social Funds is the ESF Actions Coordination and Monitoring Authority (ΕΥSΕΚΤ).

List of relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Ministry of Development and Competitiveness (OP Western Greece-Peloponnesus, Ionian Islands/OP Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia, Eastern Macedonia and Thrace/ OP Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship/ OP Technical Assistance/ OP Attica/ OP Crete and the Aegean Islands) Thessalia, Sterea Ellada, Ipiros/ OP Crete and the Aegean Islands), Νίκης 5-7, EL-101 80 Αθήνα
  • Special Managing Service of the Operational Programme, "Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship" (OP Competitiveness and Entrepreneurship), Mesogeion 56, EL-115 27 Athens
  • Special Managing Service of the Operational Programme "Environment – Sustainable Development" (OP Environment and Sustainable Development), Aeroporou Papanastasiou 34,EL-115 27 Athens
  • Special Managing Service of the Operational Programme "Reinforcement of Accessibility"(OP Improvement of Accessibility), Koniari 15, EL-114 71 Athens
  • Special Managing Service of the Operational Programme "Technical Assistance" (OP Technical assistance), Mitropoleos 3, EL-105.57 Athens
  • Special Managing Service of the Regional Operational Programmes (OP 'Western Greece - Peloponnesus - Ionian Islands/ OP Central Macedonia - Western Macedonia - Eastern Macedonia & Thrace/ OP Attica / OP Thessalia - Sterea Ellada - Ipiros / OP Crete and the Aegean Islands), Nikis 5-7, EL-101 80 Athens
  • Special Secretariat for the National Strategic Reference Framework for Greece Special Service for Strategy, Planning & Evaluation of Development Programs, 3 Mitropoleos Street, EL-105 57 Athens

More info on Greece'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.