Brussels, 8 April 2011
EU funding: A fresh look at the future financing of Home Affairs policies
How can spending for Home Affairs better support an EU approach to migration and asylum, or the fight against terrorism and organised crime? Today the European Commission brings together representatives of Member States and EU institutions, international organisations and civil society to reflect on the future of funding in the field of Home Affairs for the next programming period (2014-2020). Sufficient and efficient funding will remain key to building a more open and secure Europe and reaching the goals set up in the Europe 2020 strategy.
"A more open and secure Europe requires adequate funding directed to areas where we are facing collective challenges. The implementation of policies on asylum and migration, an effective border management system, the fight against organised crime, corruption and terrorism are crucial for enriching European societies, enhancing our competitiveness, and ensuring security for our citizens. By their very nature Home Affairs policies also play a central role in the external dimension of the EU", said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.
The Commission's responsibilities in the area of Home Affairs have been steadily growing over the last years and have been firmly anchored in the Lisbon Treaty. Whereas the Stockholm Programme and its Action Plan have defined the scope of EU action until 2014, EU funding for Home Affairs policies after 2013 should look beyond this roadmap and focus on delivering results, demonstrating a real EU added value and showing how the EU budget complements national budgets.
Building on the results of a public consultation, which took place between 5 January and 20 March 2011, the Commission believes there is a need to simplify the existing financial instruments and their management in the area of Home Affairs. The Commission will today meet stakeholders at all levels of society (Member States, international organisations, non-profit organisations, etc.) to share its views and discuss how well the financial instruments meet the needs of Home Affairs policies, how efficient they are and how they can be improved.
The Commission is currently preparing a review of the overall EU Budget as well as the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, covering the period after 2013. As part of this exercise, DG Home Affairs is assessing its spending priorities and looking at ways of improving the implementation of its policies.
A public consultation took place earlier this year to launch the debate. A summary of its main results will soon be available on the Commission's website.
The budget for Home Affairs policies for the period 2007-2013 amounts to € 6 449 million (0.77% of the total EU budget) and falls under Heading 3a "Freedom, Security and Justice". The budget covers Home affairs General Programmes "Security and Liberties" and "Solidarity and Migration Flows" with notably four Funds (the European Fund for the Integration of Third Country Nationals, the European Refugee Fund, the External Borders Fund and the European Return Fund), and also EU agencies under DG Home responsibility1.
The Communication on the EU Budget Review, presented in October 2010, kicked off the debate on the reform of the EU budget. In June 2011 the Commission will present a communication setting out broad budgetary orientations for the programming period 2014-2020, including proposals on the overall breakdown of spending for the future EU budget.
For more information
Homepage of Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs:
Homepage of DG Home Affairs:
Conference "The future of EU funding for Home Affairs: a fresh look":
European Police College (CEPOL), European Police Office (EUROPOL) European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders (FRONTEX), European Asylum Support Office (EASO), the Agency for Large scale IT Systems and the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)