Permanent Representatives Committee approves agreement on EU funding of asylum and migration policies

20 December 2013, Last updated at, 19:14 EET
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EU Permanent Representatives Committee (COREPER II) on December 20 in Brussels has approved the agreements reached by the Lithuanian Presidency with the European Parliament on the Regulation for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and the General Provisions Regulation establishing the rules for the management of Home Affairs funds. Asylum, migration and integration fund regulation sets out the funding guidelines in the new financial period 2014–2020 for the financial support for asylum and migration policies.

“With the adoption, after complex negotiations, of the remaining two Regulations on the financing of the Home Affairs, the Lithuanian Presidency ensures that all funds earmarked for this area can start flowing to the relevant initiatives as soon as possible in the new financing period. The Regulations will ensure the financing of the actions and activities in the asylum, migration and integration area, will promote solidarity and sharing of responsibility,” said chair of the Permanent Representatives Committee ambassador Raimundas Karoblis.

The general objective of the Regulation for the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is to contribute to the efficient management of the migration flows and the implementation, strengthening and development of the common policy on asylum and the common immigration policy, while fully respecting the rights and principles enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

The fund will support actions that aim to strengthen and develop all aspects of the Common European Asylum System, support legal migration to the Member States in line with their economic and social needs as well as promote the effective integration of third-country nationals. It will also aim to enhance fair and effective return strategies in the Member States which contribute to combating illegal immigration, and increase the solidarity and sharing of responsibility among the Member States, in particular towards those most affected by migration and asylum flows.

The two Regulations were proposed by the European Commission in November 2011. They were the last of four Home Affairs financing instruments agreed with the EP. The Lithuanian Presidency has achieved its goal to conclude the negotiations on all four Home Affairs financial regulations with the EP by the end of 2013, paving the way to their final adoption.

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