EU funding for Roma integration
EU structural funds in Belgium are handled by 5 managing authorities at 3 levels of government (federal, regional and community). The federal operational programme is the only one with funding specifically earmarked for the Roma.
- Communication on the implementation of the EU framework for national roma integration strategies 2015
- Hhet ESF-agentschap van de Vlaamse Gemeenschap
- Agence FSE de la Communauté française de Belgique
- Région Bruxelles-Capitale Actiris, Office régional bruxellois de l'emploi:http://www.fsebru.be/ (in French) / http://www.esfbru.be/ (in Dutch)
- SPP Intégration Sociale – FSE
- more information on Belgium’s operational programmes see ESF OPs and ERDF OPs
- managing authorities for projects funded by the ERDF .
Facts and figures
The Council of Europe estimates that there are approximately 30,000 Roma living in Belgium (0.29% of the population). For more data on the situation on Roma in this country, please see the overview published by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.
National strategy for Roma integration
The main objectives of Belgium’s national strategy are to set up a Council for the Roma and Travellers, and a Roma helpdesk in the federal ministry for social inclusion.
Assessment of Belgium’s strategy implementation
In 2014 the Commission adopted its assessment on the progress made in the implementation of the national Roma integration strategies in the 4 key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing, as well as in the fight against discrimination and the use of funding.
National contact point
The national contact point for the national Roma integration strategy in Belgium is the interministerial working group on Roma inclusion.
The portfolio is under the responsibility of the Secretary of State for asylum and migration, social integration and the fight against poverty.
Person of contact : Isabelle Martijn - firstname.lastname@example.org