Promoting EU non-discrimination and equality standards


The main objective of the Project Promoting EU Non-discrimination and Equality standards in the programming and implementation of Structural Funds is to make proposals to the EU institutions for amendment of the regulatory framework of the Structural Funds with a view to reinforcing the implementation of the principle of non-discrimination and equality in the programming and implementation of Structural Funds, in particular towards Roma


The principle of non-discrimination has been introduced as a horizontal principle in the General Regulation for the Structural Funds for the first time in the programming period 2007-2013. This means it has to be included at all levels of programming of the Structural Funds.

Bearing in mind the negotiations for the regulatory framework for the next period, the project Promoting EU Non-discrimination and Equality standards in the programming and implementation of Structural Funds aims to submit to the EU institutions reform proposals which will be based on research in five Member States (Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia) which aims to analyse how these Member States comply with their obligation under Article 16 of the General Regulation of the Structural Funds.

The analysis will focus on non-discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin and will explore in particular the implementation of this principle with respect to Roma.

This project is part of the 'Making the Most of EU funding for Roma (MtM) initiative of the Open Society Foundations', conducted by the Open Society Institute Europe Foundation, and is being undertaken at MPG by Lilla Farkas, Associate Legal Policy Analyst, Uyen Do, Legal Policy Analyst and Isabelle Chopin, Deputy Director.

What we do

Desk research will collect evidence about the mainstreaming of the principle of equality and non-discrimination in the current programming period of the Structural Funds from the five EU member states where the MtM operates (BG, CZ, HU, RO, SLO)

On the basis of the desk research, the Migration Policy Group will prepare a report with an analysis of how equality and non-discrimination is mainstreamed in the programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Structural Funds in the target Member States.

MPG will facilitate a discussion of the report and the recommendations with key stakeholders at EU institutions and Member States and will assess the need for building capacity of public officialsworking on the design and implementation of structural funds programs in each of the five target countries.

The project will have a duration of 6 months.