Roma integration by EU country
As in other EU countries, the UK’s structural funds are dedicated to all disadvantaged people, including the Roma.
The United Kingdom's funding at a glance
Over the 2007-2013 funding period, the UK will be allocated €14.4 billion under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the Cohesion Fund and the European Social Fund (ESF), and a further €6.4 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. The UK allocated 6% (€318 million) of its total ESF budget towards integrating disadvantaged people.
For the 2014-2020 period, the United Kingdom will be allocated a total of some €11.6 billion from the ESF and ERDF funds. At least 45.9% of this amount will be spent on the ESF, with at least 20% of that going towards promoting social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter amount could also finance Roma-related measures.
- Communication in 2015 on the implementation of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies
ESF managing authorities
- In Wales: the Welsh European Funding Office, Welsh Assembly Government.
- In England: Department for Work and Pensions European Social Fund Division.
- In Scotland: the Lowlands and Uplands Programme and the Highlands and Islands Programme.
- In Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland ESF Programme 2007-13 Managing Authority Unit, Department for Employment and Learning Adelaide House.
Relevant ERDF managing authorities
- Department for Communities and Local Government (England OPs), Eland House, Bressenden Palace, UK- London SW1 5DU - ERDF England – How to apply for funding.
- Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, European Programmes - (OP Northern Ireland), Netherleigh , Massey Avenue, UK-BT4 2JP Belfast, firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Scottish Government, 3rd Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow G2 8LU - email@example.com.
- Welsh European Funding Office, Merthyr Tydfil Office, Rhydycar Business Park, Rhydycar, Merthyr Tydfil CF48 1UZ - firstname.lastname@example.org.
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).