EU funding for Roma integration

For the 2014-2020 period, Bulgaria will be allocated a total of €7.2 billion in EU funds (current prices), out of which €5.1 billion will come from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). At least 28.7% 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 benefit Roma-related measures.


ESF managing authorities

Ministry of labour and social policy , European funds, International programmes and projects Directorate General, (OP human resources)

Postal address
8 Triaditza Street
1051 Sofia
Postal address
102, G.S.Rakovski str.,
1040 Sofia

ERDF managing authorities

Council of ministers (OP technical assistance) 

Postal address
8 Serdika Street
1000 Sofia

Ministry of regional development and public works, Directorate General 'Programming of regional development', (OP regional development) 

Postal address
17-19 Kiril and Metodii Street
1000 Sofia

More information on Bulgarian regional policy operational programmes (in English) and ESF OPs - EU Structural Funds Portal in Bulgaria

Facts and figures

The Council of Europe estimates that there are 750,000 Roma living in Bulgaria (10.33% of the population).

National strategy for Roma integration

The involvement of Bulgaria’s municipalities and all stakeholders at the local level is seen as crucial in promoting Roma integration. The strategy’s main objectives are reducing school dropouts among Roma children, addressing the lack of health insurance coverage, and building new social housing in 4 pilot municipalities.

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Bulgaria’s strategy implementation

In Spring 2014, the Commission adopted its assessment on the progress made in the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies in the four key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing, as well as in the fight against discrimination and the use of funding.

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National contact point

Each EU country has been invited to appoint a national contact point for their national Roma integration strategy, with the authority to co-ordinate its development and implementation. In Bulgaria, it is the Secretariat of the National council for co-operation on ethnic and integration issues (Administration of the council of ministers).

Person of contact : Rositsa Ivanova -