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Roma integration by EU country

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

Sweden's funding at a glance

Over the 2007-2013 funding period, Sweden was allocated €1.9 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €1.8 billion through the Rural Development Fund. Sweden allocated 3.4% (€23 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people. These funds support a wide range of sectoral investments, including those that concern the Roma, such as financial help for housing and school infrastructures.

For the 2014-2020 period, Sweden will be allocated a total of €1.7 billion (at current prices) in ESF and ERDF funds. At least 42.5% 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 could also finance Roma-related measures. Activities aimed specifically at Roma will represent a small proportion of ESF-supported activities, roughly the same as in 2007-2013.


ESF managing authority

The Swedish ESF Council / Svenska ESF-rådet.

List of relevant ERDF managing authorities

  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP East Mid-Sweden), Stortorget 22, Box 265, S-701 45 Örebro
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP Mid-North Sweden), 1 PO-Box 3034, , S-831 03 Östersund
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP (Skåne-Blekinge), Stortorget 9 Box 32, S-201 20 Malmö
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP West Sweden), Södra Hamngatan 45, Box 112 78, S-404 26 Göterberg
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP Småland and the Islands), Östra Storgatan 67, Box 2005, S-550 02 Jönköping
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP Stockholm), Götgatan 74, Box 4044 (T-bana Medborgarplatsen), S-4044 Stockholm
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP North Sweden), Residensgatan 17, Box 926, S-97128 Lulea
  • Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth (OP North Mid-Sweden), Hattmakargatan 6A, Box 386, S-801 05 Gävle

More information on Sweden’s ERDF Operational Programmes: ESF OPs and ERDF OPs. Social and employment priorities are on the ESF website.

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.