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Roma integration by EU country

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

Hungary's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Hungary was allocated €25.3 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €3.8 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. Roma benefited from measures (€377 million) financed through the Operational Programme “Social Renewal”. The Roma can also benefit from employment and education measures.

For the 2014-2020 period, Hungary will be allocated a total of €20.5 billion in EU funds (current prices), out of which €15.5 billion will come from the ESF and the ERDF. Of this amount, at least 26.19% will be spent on the ESF, with at least 29% of that going towards the promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter could also finance Roma-related measures.


ESF managing authority

The managing authority for projects funded by the ESF is the Ministry for Human Resources, Wesselenyi u. 20-22, HU-1077 Budapest.

Relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Ministry for National Development (OP Environment and Energy and OP Transport)
  • Ministry for National Economy (Regional Operational Programmes and OP Economic Development )
  • Ministry for Human Resources (OP Social Infrastructure)

More information on Hungary’s regional policy Operational Programmes and social and employment OPs: 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.