The National Agency for Roma, NRA, is a national government body which represents the Roma minority on a national level.
Its mission is to promote and participate in projects and programmes in order to improve Roma living conditions – a political criteria imposed on Romania in order for it to join the EU.
There are six strategic national programmes financed by the European Social Fund and the NRA is a beneficiary. Since 2008, €100 million has been spent on Roma projects in Romania.
The EU has contributed €22.8 million to six joint programmes since 2008. The Romanian government contribution to these six programmes is approximately €2.8 million to date.
The NRA has received € 808.634 (3.396.264,50 Lei) from the EU and the national government since 2008.
Roma Children and Education: The Way to a Stabile Job – €4.3 million funding from Dec 2008 to Dec 2011.
School: A Chance for Anyone – a €2.2 million project to get more Roma children into mainstream education funded from Dec 2008 to Dec 2011
The other four programmes are social inclusion projects including:
Participation of Vulnerable Groups in the Social Economy – €3.2 million funding from June 2009 to May 2012.
Together on the Labour Market – €4.2 million funding from Nov 2008 to Sept 2011.
Establishing a National Network of Local Roma Experts – €4.5 million funding from Dec 2008 to Dec 2011.
Source: NRA website