ECA Special Report 22/2012 "Do the European Integration Fund and European Refugee Fund contribute effectively to the integration of third-country nationals?"

Type: NEWS   Référence: 90731   Durée: 00:05:08   Première transmission: 11/12/2012  Lieu: ASTI, Luxembourg
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Interview with Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court, statement Laura Zuccoli, President of ASTI, Luxembourg based organisation for integrating 3rd country nationals to the EU and statement Laura Zuccoli, President of ASTI, Luxembourg based organisation for integrating 3rd counctry nationals to the EU

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00:00:00 Titles 00:00:20
00:00:20 Title: interview with Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court 00:00:05
00:00:25 Question 1: THE IMPORTANCE OF INTEGRATION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS ? 00:00:05
00:00:30 Answer in English by Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court: The integration of third-country nationals is high on the political agenda of the EU Member States. During the last decade, the EU has considerably increased its activities in this area. The EU supports the integration of third-country nationals through the European Integration Fund and the European Refugee Fund. These form part of the programme for management of migration flows, known as the SOLID programme, and amount to around 1,5 billion euro for the period 2007-13. 00:00:34
00:01:04 Title Question 2: WHAT WAS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE COURT’S AUDIT? 00:00:03
00:01:07 Answer in English by Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court: The objective of our work was to assess whether the European Integration Fund and the European Refugee Fund contribute effectively to the integration of third-country nationals. 00:00:11
00:01:18 Title Question 3: DID THE COURT FIND THAT THE FUNDS CONTRIBUTE TO THE INTEGRATION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS? 00:00:05
00:01:23 Answer in English by Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court: We found, that while individual projects were successful, the Funds’ overall contribution to the integration of third-country nationals, could not be measured. The audited Member States did not set proper targets or indicators for their annual programmes. The Commission made an intermediate report which was supposed to cover the results achieved, but this did not provide enough information for the Funds to be evaluated or steered. 00:00:29
00:01:52 Title Question 4: WHAT WERE THE FACTORS HAMPERING EFFECTIVE CONTRIBUTION OF THE FUNDS TO INTEGRATION? 00:00:05
00:01:57 Answer in English by Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court: There were a few factors hampering effective contribution of the Funds. We found that the design of the SOLID programme is fragmented and burdensome with multiple funds and annual programming. Plus a long chain of controls by three authorities in Member States leading to a disproportionate administrative burden. All this hampers beneficiaries and authorities in their efforts to help different groups of people with similar needs. The Court also found that there is insufficient coherence and a lack of coordination with other EU funds, in particular the European Social Fund. 00:00:42
00:02:39 Statement by Laura Zuccoli, President of ASTI, Luxembourg based organisation for integrating 3rd country nationals to the EU 00:00:20
00:02:59 Question 5: WHAT HAS THE COURT RECOMMENDED, 00:00:04
00:03:03 Answer in English by Milan Martin CVIKL, Member of the Court: The Court has issued a number of recommendations. Among these, that - there should be simplification in the design of the Funds - that, the Commission should set-up an obligatory system of common indicators and Member States should set target values for national programmes so that the Funds can be steered effectively - that, the Commission should carry out a comprehensive assessment of integration needs regardless of whether migrants have EU or third-country nationality - the Commission and Member States should ensure that the funds work hand-in-hand with other EU funds that support integration, such as the European Social Fund. I am pleased that the Commission has already proposed important changes for the next financial programming period that would help effective integration of third-country nationals and better use of European funds. 00:01:00
00:04:03 3rd country nationals benefiting from the EU funds 00:00:50
00:04:53 Info 00:00:15
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