European Network on Social Inclusion and Roma under the Structural Funds
Structural Funds: Investing in Roma
20th July 2015 | Technical Secretariat
The Network Technical Secretariat shared the knowledge gained in the context of the Network on the use of ESIF for Roma inclusion during the 2007-2013 programming period as well as proposals to achieve a more effective use of the funds in the 2014-2020 period.
2nd July 2015 | TS
The Commission seeks expressions of interest to participate in piloting Integrity Pacts in projects co-financed by the Structural and Cohesion Funds.
25th June 2015 | TS
17th June 2015 | TS
The publication "Making use of European Structural and Investment Funds for Roma inclusion. A Guide for local authorities” is now available in English, Croatian, Bulgarian and Spanish. Czech version will be released soon.
1st June 2015 | TS
1st June 2015 | Technical Secretariat
27th May 2015 | TS
This handbook provides practical advice to stakeholders involved in the preparation and implementation of interventions to improve the living conditions of Roma, using European, national, or local funds. It suggests hands-on, practical approaches, techniques, and tools for executing interventions and enhancing their quality and ideas for broadening the range of interventions considered.
The European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) releases a handbook on how Structural Funds are used for social inclusion. It outlines EAPN’s guiding principles to assess a good practice of Structural Funds-funded projects on social inclusion drawing on examples of NGO-driven projects funded by Structural Funds under the previous programming period
| Euroma Technical Secretariat
The analysis reviews the impact of the economic and financial crisis, and the austerity measures imposed in response thereto, on the fundamental rights of individuals. Several mentions are made to vulnerable groups in general and Roma specifically as groups particularly affected by the measures adopted.
18th May 2015 | Technical Secretariat
During its two years of operation, the Network has focused on achieving, through transnational cooperation, higher political commitment for the planning process of the 2014-2020 programming period and ensuring that the lessons learnt during the 2007-2013 programming period are incorporated as policy decisions in the new period.
15th May 2015 | TS
Set up by the EC, the expert group is committed to establish an open, frank and informal dialogue with partners working in the field of the ESI Funds. This second meeting served to present the state of play of negotiations between Member states and the EC regarding the approval of 2014-2020 OPs and to discuss and exchange views regarding thematic issues of common interest.
3rd May 2015 | TS
This publication, which was released by the European Commission in 2014, aims to provide guidance on how to effectively access and use the ESI Funds and on how to exploit complementarities with other instruments of relevant Union policies.
| EURoma network
This forum, where relevant stakeholders for the inclusion of Roma in Europe are gathered, served to confirm the interest of the European Commission in continuing the work for the inclusion of Roma, as well as to keep the commitment of the new government to continue taking steps to improve the living conditions of the European Roma community.
EURoma Network Technical Secretariat will take part in the 9th European Platform for Roma Inclusion organized by European Commission in Brussels on march 16th and 17th 2015. Public Institutions and civil society involved in the Roma inclusion work will also take part in the platform.
4th December 2014
Once the Partnership Agreements have been signed between the European Commission and Member States, the EC is analysing the Operational Programmes received from 28 EU countries outlining their investment plans for European Structural and Investment Funds for the 2014-2020 programming period.
5th and 6th of June | TS
28 Mayo, 2014 | TS
The workshop"Structural and Investment Funds 2014 - 2020 and integral actions for eliminating of the shanty towns" was celebrated to present the opportunities that offer the Structural and Investment Funds to carry out integral operations of rehousing and eradication of the shanty towns.
On 15th May DG EMPL and DG REGIO organised a joint meeting with Member States to move forward on follow up and evaluation of ESIF
04/04/2014 | TS
This event, organised at the highest political level, will be an opportunity to renew political commitments and to strengthen the role of local stakeholders in the inclusion of the Roma population. A special focus on the use of Structural Funds at local level will be addressed.
14th Feb 2014 | TS
The Code of Conduct has been adopted on 7th January by the European Commission setting out the objectives and criteria to ensure that Member States implement the partnership principle within the Structural and Investment Funds for the period 2014-2020. The regulation makes an explicit reference to the participation of Roma people in Partnership Agreements and programmes.
On Dec. 20th the regulations adopted by the Council were officially published. The new rules and legislation governing the next round of EU Cohesion Policy for 2014-2020 define the conditions of eligibility and the criteria for the allocation of the EU cohesion policy funds.
10-12 Dec, 2013 | TS
MEPs approved two resolutions requesting European countries to stop illegal evictions and ethnic profiling affecting Roma. The same resolution demands that National Roma Integration Strategies are closely followed up and that funds to end discrimination and to support local projects are more efficiently used. The second resolution calls on European States to tackle multiple discrimination affecting Roma women.
Dec 9th, 2013 | TS
European Union Member States have committed today to implementing a set of recommendations, following the European Commission’s proposal, to boost the economic and social integration of Roma communities.
Nov 28-29, 2013 | TS
The Committee of the Regions recalls that local and regional governments must be offered more political and financial support to tackle discrimination and achieve full integration of Roma people in Europe’s communities.
Dec 5, 2013 | TS
On Dec. 2 the European Union’s Council adopted the regulation laying down the European Union's Multiannual Financial Framework for 2014-2020. This decision follows the adoption of the Cohesion Policy Package by the European Parliament on November 19th.
December 2, 2013 | TS
| EC - DG for Regional and Urban Policy,Competence Centre Inclusive Growth, Urban and Territorial Development
This study analyses how the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) is being used in housing projects in the 2007-2013 funding period. It also explores how ERDF has fostered integrated approaches which address simultaneously housing, energy and socio-economic needs of deprived communities. The study helps to inform the use of ERDF in the 2014-2020 programming period.
29 May 2013 | EC/TS
15th April, 2013 | EC
The EC has prepared an interactive map of regions, cities and municipalities that are committed to integrate their Roma population and that have joined initiatives to support them to reach this goal.
April 8th, 2013 | TS
To mark International Roma Day, the European Commission has underlined the need for further efforts by the Member States to improve the situation for Roma communities in Europe.
| Network of Independent Experts on Social Inclusion
21 feb 2013 | TS
Feb 2013 | TS
The EURoma Network held its autumn meeting on the 13th and 14th of December in Madrid. Hosted by the Spanish partners, the meeting gathered around 60 participants, including Structural Funds Managing Authorities and public bodies in charge of Roma policies from 16 European countries participating at the meeting, as well as European Commission’s representatives and other relevant stakeholders, plus the EURoma Technical Secretariat.
31st October 2012
5th June 2012
25th May 2012
23rd May 2012
20th May 2012
Launched by 14 European social NGOs under the lead of the European Anti-Poverty Network, the campaign urges Member States to respect their commitments to reduce poverty by ensuring that the necessary EU Funds are allocated for social inclusion and the fight against poverty.
18th May 2012
The ‘Making the Most of EU Funds for Roma’ programme in cooperation with the European Commission has launched a new initiative to establish a European network of local authorities which have implemented -or plan to implement- programmes supporting integration of vulnerable groups with a focus on Roma.
15th May 2012
The European Commission has published the report of the Extraordinary meeting of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion which took place on 22nd March 2012 in Brussels. The meeting focused on the implementation of the National Roma Integration Strategies.
10th May 2012
The EURoma Network held its half-yearly meeting in May in Bratislava hosted by the Slovak partners. It brought together over 55 participants to discuss a wide range of topics related to Roma and Structural Funds which are currently on the European agenda.
2nd April 2012
Released by the European Commission, the publication aims to support the work of policymakers in implementing National Roma Integration Strategies and in planning and developing policy plans and projects whilst providing support to public and private organisations working with Roma.
16th March 2012
The Commission proposals to elaborate the Common Strategic Framework (CSF) aim to help Member States with the preparations of the Partnership Contracts for the 2014-2020 programming period. Roma integration is a key element of the proposals.
1st February 2012
The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has released a new report on the implementation of the European Racial Equality Directive.
27th January 2012
The Network has released a report analysing the situation of the Roma community in Europe, assessing existing policy and governance frameworks and identifying key policy priorities to be addressed in national Roma integration strategies.
17th January 2012
The European Commission has published on its website the National Roma Integration Strategies of the 15 Member States that had submitted them by the deadline of 31st December 2011: France, Romania, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, Slovakia, Poland and Malta.
1st December 2011
The use of EU funds and Roma was one of the key topics discussed at the Equality Summit co-organised by the EU Polish Presidency and the European Commission on 14th-15th November in Poznan (Poland).
20th November 2011 | European Parliament news
17th November 2011
15th November 2011
The EURoma Network held its half-yearly meeting on 10th-11th November in the city of Budapest, hosted by the Hungarian partners. The meeting gathered some 70 participants, including Structural Funds Managing Authorities and public bodies in charge of Roma policies from the 12 Member States currently involved in the Network, as well as European Commission’s representatives and other relevant stakeholders, and EURoma Technical Secretariat.
10th October 2011
European Commission's DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion released an evaluation of the ESF support for enhancing access to the labour market and the social inclusion of migrants and ethnic minorities, including Roma.
25th September | Council of Europe
With the aim of addressing the situation of European Roma, the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe organised a Summit of Mayors on Roma in Strasbourg (France) on 22nd September.
July, 2011 | Open Society Foundations and the Metropolitan Research Institute (Budapest)
25th June 2011
At its meeting on 23-24 June in Brussels, the European Council endorsed the Presidency’s report on Roma inclusion and called for the rapid implementation of the Council’s conclusions of May 2011 on the EU framework for national Roma integration strategies up to 2020.
May 11th and 12th, 2011
20th April 2011
Organised on 31 May 2011 under the aegis of the Hungarian EU Presidency, the seminar will look at the new EU Framework for national Roma integration strategies from the perspective of local and regional authorities.
6 April 2011
The European Commission has taken a fundamental step in favour of the inclusion of Roma population with the adoption of an EU framework calling on Member States to adopt national strategies for the integration of Roma. The Fifth meeting of the European Platform for Roma Inclusion on 7-8 April offered an excellent framework to present and review the Commission's proposals.
1st April 2011
28th March 2011
The last months have witnessed important developments regarding the implementation of the Europe 2020 Strategy, which paves the way towards the full development and integration of Roma population.
14 March 2011
At its upcoming meeting on 11th-12th May in Prague, EURoma members and other stakeholders will review the draft this Guide which will be published in June in cooperation with the Committee of the Regions and the European Commission.
10 March 2011
In its Resolution on the EU strategy on Roma inclusion, the European Parliament calls on Member States to implement the horizontal priority ‘Marginalised Communities’ within the framework of the EU Structural Funds and to participate in the EURoma Network.
2nd March 2011
The first EURoma Report on Roma and Structural Funds is already available in Spanish. It provides a rigorous analysis of available data on the use of Structural Funds for the improvement of the situation of Roma.
1st March 2011
EURoma Network has reached a consensus on a number of key proposals to ensure that future Structural Funds Regulations have a higher impact on the living conditions of Roma people.
January 5th, 2011
January 1st, 2011
Brussels, 21st December 2010 | EC
December 21st, 2010
The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and the Roma Education Fund (REF) prepared the comparative study, which looks at measures addressing the situation of Roma living in 18 EU Member States. It also presents successful initiatives in those countries.
Brussels, Dec 16th
Speeding efforts to fight poverty and social exclusion in Europe, using employment as a route out of poverty through active inclusion strategies; and stepping up efforts to integrate minority groups like the Roma people.
Brussels, Dec. 13th
The fourth meeting of the Integrated Platform on Roma inclusion focused on early education as a key issue to tackle the Roma situation all over Europe
Brussels, Nov. 30th
The key objective of the conference aimed at highlighting the need for transparency and accountability when implementing initiatives targeting the Roma population at different levels and the importance of having effective evaluation and monitoring mechanisms.
Brussels, Nov. 30th - Dec 1st
Last November 30th and December 1st,within the Civil Liberties Committee of the Parliament, took place the public hearing on the inclusion of Roma in Europe, stressing that Roma are systematically discriminated against when accessing education, housing or employment. Moreover, they often do not even have access to health care or other services.
Brussels, Nov 18-19
Aiming at exchanging good practices and recommendations the Belgian presidency gathered in Brussels ESF managing authorities and other stakeholders in order to debate on how to combat poverty and social exclusion with ESF support.
10 th Novermber, 2010
This report gives a first outlook on the future cohesion policy post-2013 and presents a current assessment of regional disparities in the EU and highlighting the contributions that regions and cohesion policy can make towards achieving the Europe 2020 Strategy goals.
October 2010 | TS
A half-way stage of implementation of the current 2007-13 Structural Funds programming period and the ongoing debates within the European Commission and the Member States on the future of the EU financial framework make this momentum relevant for EURoma to contribute with proposals to the new Structural Funds Regulations 2014-2020 with the aim of increasing the effectiveness and impact on Roma inclusion.
Strasbourg, 20 October 2010
October, 2010 | CoR
"Communication from the Commission to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - The social and economic integration of the Roma in Europe"
As a follow up to the High Level Event developed in October 2009 the Commission is organizing a seminar on how to facilitate the use of EU funds to support projects aiming at the integration of the Roma in September in Hungary and it will be a high level event in Romania in October.
17th June 2010
The third meeting of the “Integrated Platform for Roma Inclusion" took place on 17th June in Brussels organised by the Spanish Presidency and the European Commission.
EURoma attended the second European Roma Summit held last 8th and 9th April 2010 in Cordoba organised by the European Commission and the Spanish Ministry of Health and Social Policy in the framework of the Spanish presidency activities.
25th and 26th February 2010
This EURoma event aimed at exchanging experiences between local and regional administrations working for the improvement of the living conditions of the Roma communities, gathered more than 100 participants coming from administrations of 12 countries.
During two days-work in the city of Rome (25th and 26th February) they share know-how, obstacles encountered and positive strategies to promote social inclusion of the Roma community in different countries.
24th April 2009
15 - 16 October, 2008
Seville, 22-23 January 2008