Roma integration by EU country
As in most EU countries, Latvia’s structural funds are dedicated to all disadvantaged people, including the Roma.
Latvia's funding at a glance
Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Latvia was allocated €4.53 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund (CF) and the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €1.7 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 infrastructures. Latvia allocated €52 million of its total ESF budget towards implementing the priority "Promotion of Social Inclusion", which also targets the Roma.
For the 2014-2020 period, Latvia will be allocated a total of €4.2 billion of ERDF, CF and ESF funding, out of which €3 billion will come from the ESF and the ERDF. Of this amount, at least 21.75% will be spent on the ESF with at least 20% of that going towards the promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty.
- Communication in 2015 on the implementation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies
The managing authority for projects funded by the ESF, ERDF and the Cohesion Fund is the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Latvia 1 Smilsu Street, LV-1919 Riga.
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 with the Latvian authorities responsible for these issues.
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).