EU Funding for Roma integration

For the 2014-2020 period, Croatia will receive a total of €8 billion in EU funds, out of which €5.8 billion will come from the European Social Fund (ESF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Of this amount, at least 24.6% will be spent on the ESF, with 20% of that going to the promotion of social inclusion and combating poverty. The latter could also finance Roma-related measures.


  • For the 2014 – 2020 funding period, the managing authority for the ESF OP efficient human resources is the Ministry of labour and pensions system.

ERDF managing authorities

  • Ministarstvo regionalnoga razvoja i fondova EU (OP Regional Competitiveness), Račkoga 6, HR-10000 Zagreb
  • Ministarstvo zaštite okoliša i prirode (OP Environment), Ulica Republike Austrije 14 Zagreb
  • Ministarstvo prometa, pomorstva i infrastructure (OP Transport), Prisavlje 14, HR-10000 Zagreb
  • For 2014-2020: Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds  - MRDEUF (ERDF OP competitiveness and cohesion)

Facts and figures

The Council of Europe estimates that there are approximately 30-40,000 Roma living in Croatia (1% of the population). For more data on the situation of the Roma in this country, please see the overview published by the European Agency for Fundamental Rights.

National Roma integration strategy

Croatia’s national strategy is based on long-standing experience of Roma inclusion issues under the national Roma programme. This includes the need for better vertical co-operation, as well as improved co-ordination between departments and stakeholders. The strategy addresses the 4 key areas of education, employment, healthcare and housing, as well as citizenship rights, poverty and social welfare.

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Assessment of Croatia’s strategy implementation

Croatia joined the European Union in July 2013. The Commission is assessed its national Roma integration strategy for the first time in 2014, using the same criteria it used for other EU countries in 2012.

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National contact point

The national contact point for the national Roma integration strategy in Croatia is the Government office for human rights and the rights of national minorities .

Contact person: Alen Tahiri -