The EU supports work done towards Roma integration by EU countries through its European Structural and Investment Funds.
The European Union finances projects that contribute to fostering Roma integration across Europe. It supports the work of EU countries to improve the lives of all vulnerable people, including the Roma, through the European Structural and Investment Funds, principally the European Social Fund (ESF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).
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/tenders 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).
In order to reinforce European financial support for Roma inclusion, the new multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 makes it easier for EU countries to use EU funds for Roma integration.
Where can I find direct funding?
Funding opportunities directly managed by the European Commission can be found under the following programmes:
- The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Funding Programme finances projects aimed at promoting equality and the rights of persons.
- The Employment and Social Innovation (EaSI) programme is an EU-level financing instrument that promotes quality and sustainable employment, guarantees adequate and decent social protection, combats poverty and social exclusion, and fights to improve working conditions.
- The Erasmus+ also supports projects, which develop lifelong learning measures for Roma integration through education and other social approaches.
- The Public Health Programme regularly finances initiatives to fight against inequalities in access to health.
- The Culture Programme also has an interest in funding projects that promote intercultural dialogue with Roma and other communities.
Where can I find information on shared management?
Information on EU countries where shared management projects occur is presented for each EU country and includes Roma National Strategy, funding, contacts details, and promising practices.
ESF Roma Inclusion Learning Network (EURoma+Network):
- Joint report on the use of structural funds for Roma inclusion based on country-by-country meetings: Full report and key findings and proposals
- Practical handbook on monitoring and evaluation of Roma-related initiatives under ESI Funds
- Practical handbook on mainstreaming of Roma inclusion in general programmes , projects and interventions
- EURoma Network Guides:
- EU Project "Roma Families Get Involved": Guide for working with Roma Families towards achieving the success of their children at school
- Programming the Structural Funds for Roma Inclusion in 2014-20: Toolkit from the Open Society Foundations (OSF)
- World Bank Handbook for improving the living conditions of Roma at the local level - January 2015
- Practical Guide for Police services to prevent discrimination against the Roma communities - Net-Kard project
- Human rights litigation on behalf of the Roma - A guide for lawyers - Net-Kard project
- Practical Guide for Media professionals to prevent discrimination against the Roma communities - Net-Kard project
- Practical Guide for NGOs to prevent discrimination against the Roma communities - Net-Kard project