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EURoma Network organises European Seminar 'Using ESI Funds to provide adequate housing solutions for Roma families’ [editar]

With this event, the Network, coordinated by the Fundación Secretariado Gitano as Technical Secretariat, aimed to boost an effective use of ESI Funds for the improvement of housing conditions of the Roma population.

03/12/2018
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EURoma Network organises European Seminar 'Using ESI Funds to provide adequate housing solutions for Roma families’The European Network on Roma inclusion under ESI Funds (EURoma Network) is an initiative launched in 2007 by the Spanish Administrative Unit of the European Social Fund in cooperation with the Fundación Secretariado Gitano, which holds the Network Technical Secretariat. 

The seminar aimed to boost an effective use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), notably European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), for the improvement of housing conditions of the Roma population.


The European Network on Roma inclusion under ESI Funds (EURoma Network), whose Technical Secretariat is managed by the Fundación Secretariado Gitano (FSG), organised on 20-21 November 2018 the European Seminar ‘Using ESI Funds to provide adequate housing solutions for Roma families’ in Madrid (Spain). The seminar aimed to boost an effective use of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), notably European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), for the improvement of housing conditions of the Roma population.

The meeting gathered Network partners -i.e. public authorities managing ESI Funds (Managing Authorities/Intermediate Bodies/other management bodies) and those in charge of Roma policies (National Roma Contact Points)- of ten EU countries, together with other relevant bodies at European and national level with experience and/or competences on housing interventions for disadvantaged groups, including Roma population. It also counted on the participation of the European Commission, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights. The seminar was combined with a Network Management Committee meeting, which brought together Network partners.

The EURoma Network, which since 2007 works to working together to achieve social inclusion, equal opportunities and non-discrimination of Roma, decided to focus on the field of housing concerned about the high share of Roma who are not adequately housed in the EU (despite the recognition of the right to adequate housing in international law) and fact that the potential of ESI Funds to address this situation is not fully used.

Although the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 clearly established the need to address the housing conditions of Roma (by focusing on the promotion of non-discriminatory access to housing, including social housing; the use of an integrated approach; and the intervention with targeted programmes involving regional and local authorities), major challenges remain, notably ‘limited availability and low quality of social housing; prevention of spatial segregation and forced evictions with no alternative housing option’ (Midterm review of the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies).

European Structural and Investment Funds (ESI Funds), mainly European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF), have great potential to address the situation by focusing investments around housing needs, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups, such as Roma. However, this potential does not seem to be fully exploited and many opportunities remain untapped. Underuse of funds, delays in implementation and limited progress in the provision of adequate housing solutions are common challenges.

Against this background, the seminar allowed participants to:

  • Learn about the international framework establishing the right to housing and the current housing situation of Roma across the EU.
  • Look into the political priorities on housing established by the EU political framework.
  • Discuss the use of ESI funds for housing investments to improve the situation of Roma families (both through targeted, mainstream and territorial approaches). They focused on  the opportunities offered by the Funds as well as on aspects related to its practical implementation, including the challenges and possible options to overcome them.
  • Based on the review of existing practices providing housing solutions in different EU countries and on participants’ expertise, identify and discuss critical aspects to be considered in the conception and implementation of housing projects and strategies. These included the analysis of needs, the institutional cooperation, the combination of funds, the models of intervention with the families and the community…


The seminar concluded with a study-visit to a neighbourhood in the city of Madrid where different public housing interventions, including resettlement processes, have taken place. The visit allowed to see in practice the result of these interventions as well as to meet some of the families benefiting from them. Families shared their experience, highlighting how these interventions have changed their lives, what has worked well and what could have worked better.

For further information about the seminar, please check EURoma Network website

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