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Many EU policies help to promote Roma inclusion and integration in the European society, through measures in various fields. The EU structural funds (European Social Fund, European Regional Development Fund) and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development are the main EU funding mechanisms supporting the socio-economic integration of Roma. But other EU funding are also available.
EU policies and funding for Roma inclusion
Following a constructive, pragmatic and non-discriminatory approach, many EU policies help to promote Roma inclusion, such as those aiming at improving the economic situation, health, living conditions, employment opportunities, cultural understanding and education of all in Europe.
Roma inclusion may be supported through activities financed by various EU funding mechanisms:
- The European Social Fund (ESF) which supports the improvement of living and working conditions of Roma in particular by investing in education and skills development; ESF evaluation report and summary .
- The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which supports regional development, economic change, enhanced competitiveness and territorial co-operation throughout the EU;
- The PROGRESS programme (including the 'For Diversity. Against Discrimination' information campaign), which funds awareness-raising activities aiming to combat discrimination against Roma and supports the networking of NGOs representing Roma and defending their rights;
- Other European Commission activities and related funding mechanisms, for example: