EU funding for Roma integration

For the 2014-2020 period, Romania will be allocated €22.9 billion in EU funds, out of which €15.95 billion will come from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Of this amount, at least 30.8% will be spent on the ESF, with at least 20% of that going towards the promotion of 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

Contacts

ESF managing authorities

ERDF managing authority

The managing authority for the regional operational programme is the Ministry of regional development and public administration, Str. Apolodor 17, Sector 5, Bucharest.

The Ministry for European funds is the co-ordinator for the European structural and investment funds.

More info on Romanian operational programmes: ESF and ERDF operational programmes.

Facts and figures

Council of Europe estimates: approximately 1.85 million Roma live in Romania (8.32% of the population).

National strategy for Roma integration

Romania’s top priorities include encouraging Roma children to participate in early childhood education and care, promoting entrepreneurship among the Roma and tackling problems of indebtedness.

Romania’s national Roma integration strategy aims to eliminate poverty and social exclusion through targeted education, employment, healthcare and housing policies. In Romania, the Roma are an officially recognised ethnic minority represented in the parliament. The strategy’s objectives include ensuring that Roma children go to school, with a special focus on girls, and ending segregation in schools. It also aims to improve the Roma's access to public services and basic infrastructure.

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Assessment of Romania’s strategy implementation

In spring 2014, the Commission assessed the implementation of the national Roma integration strategies in the four key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing, as well as progress made in the fight against discrimination and the use of funding.

 

National Roma contact point

The national contact point for the national Roma integration strategy in Romania is the Ministry of European funds.