Brussels, 1 December 2008
The Commission has adopted the multiannual programme under the External Borders Fund 2007-2013 for Hungary for an estimated amount of € 62 million, together with the first two annual programmes (2007 and 2008).
Vice President Jacques BARROT in charge of the Justice, Freedom and Security portfolio, welcomed the adoption of the multiannual programme for the implementation of the External Borders Fund in Hungary. "With the approval of this multiannual programme, Hungary has shown its commitment towards the establishment of the common integrated border management system. Using state-of the-art equipment to prevent illegal immigration will help Hungary to meet the challenges of border control on behalf of the EU in a rapidly changing globalised world."
Hungary has chosen to implement all five of the Fund's strategic priorities:
Among the projects financed in the 2007 and 2008 annual programmes in Hungary are:
The External Borders Fund is one of the four financial instruments of the General Program on "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" which encourages a fair share of responsibilities between Member States arising from the introduction of integrated management of the external borders and from the implementation of common policies on asylum and immigration. The other three Funds are: the European Fund for the Integration of Third country nationals, the European Return Fund and the European Refugee Fund.
The External Borders Fund establishes a financial solidarity mechanism to support countries which endure, for the benefit of the Community, a lasting and heavy financial burden arising from the implementation of common standards on control and surveillance of external borders and visa policy.
The overall budget of this Fund for 2007-2013 is € 1820 million, distributed as follows:
For more information on the activities of Vice-President Barrot, please see: