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Roma integration by EU country

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

Ireland's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Ireland was allocated €900 million under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €2.3 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. Ireland allocated 28.6% (€107.5) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people.

For the 2014-2020 period, Ireland will be allocated a total of €1 billion from the ESF and ERDF funds. At least 51.7% of this amount will be spent on the ESF with at least 20% of that going towards the promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter amount could also finance Roma-related measures.


ESF managing authority

Department of Education and Skills, Block 2, Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

List of relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Border, Midland and Western Regional Assembly (OP Border, Midland and Western), The Square, Ballaghaderreen, IRL- Co. Roscommon Director
  • Southern and Eastern Regional Assembly (OP Southern and Eastern), Assembly House, O'Connell Street, IRL- Co. Waterford.

More info on Ireland'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.