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 submits to the EU institutions reform proposals, based on research in five Member States (Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia), which analyse how these Member States comply with their obligation under Article 16 of the General Regulation of the Structural Funds.
The analysis focuses on non-discrimination based on racial or ethnic origin and explores 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.