Roma integration by EU country
As in other EU countries, Slovakia’s structural funds are dedicated to all disadvantaged people, including the Roma.
Slovakia’s funding at a glance
Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Slovakia was allocated €11.5 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €2 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. However, Slovakia supports the social inclusion of "marginalized Roma communities" and for this purpose it planned to allocate €200 million.
For the 2014-2020 period, Slovakia will be allocated a total of €13.9 billion in EU funds, out of which €9.5 billion will come from the ESF and the ERDF. Of this amount, at least 21% will be spent on the ESF, with 20% of that going towards the promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter amount could also finance Roma-related measures.
ESF managing authorities
- The managing authority for the programme Employment and Social Inclusion is the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, 4-6 Spitalska, SK-816 43 Bratislava.
- The managing authority for the education programme is the Ministry of Education, 1 Stromova, SK-813 30 Bratislava.
List of relevant ERDF managing authorities:
- Ministry of the Environment (OP Environment); Nám. Ľ. Štúra 1, Bratislava 1, 812 35
- Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of the SR (Regional OP); Prievozská 2/B, 825 25 Bratislava 26
- Ministry of Health (OP Health); Limbová 2, 837 52 Bratislava 3
- Ministry of the Economy (OP Competitiveness and Economic Growth); Mierová 19, 827 15 Bratislava 212
More info on Slovak Operational Programmes (in English).
A layman’s guide to EU funding
FAQ: Does the European Commission 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?
The distribution of these funds and the management of the programmes are the responsibility of national authorities. Funding is provided on the basis of calls for proposals and never in response to spontaneous requests. The funding comes in two forms: shared management (managed jointly by the EU and Member States) and direct management (managed directly by the European Commission). For more details 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. Slovakia’s 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).