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European Commission - Press release

EU External Borders Fund to allocate €370 million to Member States in 2012

Brussels, 5 August 2011 – The Commission proposed to allocate €370.1 million to Member States for actions in the field of border management and visa policy in 2012.This envelope will be available under the External Borders Fund to support investments in Member States and non-EU countries participating in Schengen, in particular those most affected by increased migratory pressures.

"The available support by the External Borders Fund will significantly increase in 2012. The proposed allocation is a concrete example of EU solidarity in action and will help enhancing border security and visa management", said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.

A total envelope of €370.1 million will be distributed in 2012 to Member States and associated countries for improving the security at the EU's external borders. The amount allocated to national programmes (€321.9 million) will increase by 35 % compared to 2011. The rest will go to transnational actions and actions of interest to the EU (€22.2 million), specific actions at specific border sections (€10 million) and the special transit scheme for Russian citizens travelling to Kaliningrad through Lithuania (€16 million)1.

The distribution among Member States and associated countries is decided by the Commission on the basis of factual criteria and an assessment of the difficulties and risks associated with the controls of the common external border. It also takes into account the recent events in the Mediterranean region which have prompted large numbers of people to flee the region, some of them towards Europe. Italy will therefore benefit from a significant increase of its allocation, from €32 million in 2011 to €52 million in 2012. Malta, Cyprus, Spain, Greece and France will also benefit from a substantial increase of their allocation.

With the assistance of the External Borders Fund Member States are purchasing equipment, means of transport for border control, developing IT systems, refurbishing the offices for visa handling and providing training to border guards and consular staff. Co-financing by the Fund has led to improvements at external borders and at border crossing points, such as reductions of time needed for passenger checks and the modernisation of surveillance systems. Moreover, past investments in modern technology, such as biometric capture devices, have contributed to swifter processing of visa applications of third-country nationals in Member States' consulates.

Background

For 2012 the Commission identifies 5 areas where significant investments should benefit from support by the Fund:

  • Investments at national level for the Schengen Information System II (SIS II), in particular the last necessary investments to complete the national system and the testing phases of the central system;

  • Investments at national level for the Visa Information System (VIS) and additional testing, the equipment of all external border crossing points with fingerprint scanners and connection of all consulates to the central system;

  • Setting up of national coordination centres in the framework of the European Surveillance System (EUROSUR) project

  • The implementation of state-of-the-art technology equipment for border control (e.g. automatic border controls systems in airports for crossing of external borders);

  • The promotion of consular cooperation between Member States for the issuing of visas (notably by setting up common application centres).

The construction of the Schengen area means that one Member State controls its section of the external borders on behalf of all the others. The External Borders Fund2 establishes a financial solidarity mechanism to support those Member States that face different situations due to their geographical location, and the patterns of travel flows and migratory routes. It is one of the four financial instruments managed by DG Home Affairs under the General Programme on "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows".

Schengen Associated States (Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) have been participating in the External Borders Fund since 2010. The United Kingdom and Ireland do not participate in the Fund.

The overall budget of the External Borders Fund for 2007-2013 is €1820 million. The allocations as approved for 2011 and the indicative allocations for 2012 are as follows:

Member State

Amount allocated in 2011

Amount expected to be allocated in 2012

1. Austria

2.243.530

2.407.777

2. Belgium

2.665.902

4.151.704

3. Bulgaria

7.869.318

10.861.347

4. Cyprus

3.107.214

7.099.121

5. Czech Republic

2.012.084

2.741.306

6. Denmark

1.103.500

1.542.210

7. Estonia

3.452.677

4.860.920

8. Finland

7.024.598

9.780.747

9. France

17.889.234

24.060.716

10. Germany

10.279.864

14.384.407

11. Greece

40.919.760

44.745.804

12. Hungary

7.966.622

10.630.422

13. Iceland

67.134

100.500

14. Italy

32.715.581

52.787.940

15. Latvia

2.293.373

3.197.746

16. Lithuania

4.340.245

5.975.997

17. Luxembourg

93.350

131.206

18. Malta

2.709.034

14.931.533

19. Netherlands

5.899.784

7.403.041

20. Norway

2.102.826

2.838.543

21. Poland

9.508.340

13.132.873

22. Portugal

3.156.378

3.978.321

23. Romania

12.343.864

16.697.659

24. Slovakia

1.080.589

1.418.484

25. Slovenia

5.733.549

7.651.980

26. Spain

44.819.608

48.154.233

27. Sweden

1.320.946

1.945.364

28. Switzerland

3.053.097

4.299.020

Member States Total

237.762.00

321.910.920

Community Actions

10.000.000

22.207.080,00

Specific Actions

5.000.000

10.000.000,00

Transit Scheme

16.000.000

16.000.000,00

TOTAL

268.762.0003

370.118.000,00

For more information

Homepage of Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs

http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/malmstrom/welcome/default_en.htm

Homepage DG Home Affairs:

http://ec.europa.eu/dgs/home-affairs/index_en.htm

Contacts :

Michele Cercone (+32 2 298 09 63)

Tove Ernst (+32 2 298 67 64)

1 :

The amounts are based on the EU 2012 Draft Budget and are therefore still indicative. The final allocations will be communicated after the adoption of the 2012 EU budget by Budgetary Authority.

2 :

Decision No 574/2007/EC, OJ L144, 6.6.2007, p.22

3 :

A request for an increase of the budget is with the budgetary authority.


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