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.
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.