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Return Fund (2008-13)
This decision establishes, as part of the general programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows”, a Return Fund for the period 2008-13 with resources totalling €676 million.
Decision No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the European Return Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 as part of the General Programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows”.
This decision defines the objectives of the Return Fund and the rules for its management. It also establishes the available financial resources for the fund and the criteria for their allocation.
The fund is aimed at persons enjoying (or applying for) international or temporary protection and those illegally resident in a European Union (EU) country.
The fund can be used to finance national and transnational actions or actions at EU level.
National actions are directed towards designing integrated return management * in EU countries and enhancing cooperation between EU countries in this area. In addition, these actions are designed to promote uniform application of the European legislation on integrated return management.
Transnational actions and actions of interest to the EU include actions that:
- further cooperation at EU level in implementing EU law and good practices;
- support the development of statistical tools;
- support transnational awareness-raising campaigns;
- support the creation of a handbook on best practices in this area;
- provide for assistance to EU countries in emergency situations;
- support the setting up of pilot projects and transnational networks of bodies responsible for facilitating the exchange of information and good practices.
Principles governing the fund’s actions
In line with the priorities and objectives laid down by the EU, the fund will provide grants to support actions of a non-profit nature already co-financed by public or private sources. Support from the fund may not exceed 50% of the total cost of national actions. The EU contribution is increased to 75% in countries covered by the Cohesion Fund and for projects addressing specific priorities identified in the strategic guidelines.
The Commission will adopt strategic guidelines for the period 2008-13, defining EU level priorities for each of the objectives of the fund.
On the basis of these strategic guidelines, each EU country will prepare a multiannual programme setting out a strategy for and a description of the actions designed to achieve their objectives, as well as additional indications regarding project financing. It will also define the annual programmes implementing the multiannual programme.
Committee, review and repeal
The Commission is assisted by the Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows Committee. This decision must be reviewed by the European Parliament and the Council by 30 June 2013.
This decision carries forward the preparatory financial actions implemented under the Hague Programme, which are themselves part of the EU return policy instituted by the Return Action Programme of 28 November 2002. With resources totalling €676 million for this period, the fund is part of the general programme “Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows”, established by the communication of 6 April 2005.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
|Decision No 575/2007/EC||
OJ L 144 of 6.6.2007