Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund – Internal Security Fund: - extracts from the debate

Type: NEWS   Référence: 96021   Durée: 00:04:32   Première transmission: 13/03/2014  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
Fin de production: 13/03/2014
EU countries would have to allocate more funds to improve their asylum systems and their integration of migrants, according to the draft deal with national governments on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund for the next seven years in a vote on Thursday. The text lists the minimum amounts that each EU country will have to spend. MEPs are also set to back the new EU Internal Security Fund, for police cooperation and border surveillance. The Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) has a total budget of €3.1 billion for 2014-2020. At least 20% of the €2.4 billion that member states will draw from the AMIF must be spent on measures to support legal migration and promote the effective integration of migrants. Member states will also be obliged to allocate at least an additional 20% of the funds to asylum measures.

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00:00:00 05 EXTERIOR SHOT of the European Parliament, Strasbourg. 00:00:10
00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Lorenzo FONTANA (EFD, IT) Rapporteur : "Given the current panorama, the EU brings together different factors and the Member States will also have an important role to play in ensuring that such funds can be managed as successfully as possible. The report also refers to solidarity between the EU Member States which is also vital because there are some countries such as Mediterranean countries which sometimes feel rather out on a limb dealing with problems, for instance, waves of immigrants arriving, that other Member States do not have to deal with. There are many tragedies at sea." 00:00:42
00:00:52 SOUNDBITE (French) Sylvie GUILLAUME, Rapporteur : " We can say that with this new financial instrument the European Union and the Member States are duly equipped in order to be able to respond in a supportive and responsible manner to the frequent transnational challenges we will have to face in the next 7 years." 00:00:18
00:01:10 SOUNDBITE (French) Sylvie GUILLAUME, Rapporteur : "Among the strategic objectives, this new fund will help to strengthen the Common European Asylum System, favour legal immigration in the Union and promote fair return strategies." 00:00:15
00:01:25 SOUNDBITE (Italian) Salvatore IACOLINO (EPP, IT) : "It was very useful to see that the list of priorities did include strong police cooperation and combatting organized crime. We have now pledged economic contributions beyond the one billion euros. This amount will bare shared between the European Union programme by 35% and the Member States programmes for 65%, with specific emphasis put on what Member States wish to focus on in order to achieve this very important aim." 00:00:35
00:02:00 SOUNDBITE (Romanian) Marian-Jean MARINESCU (EPP, RO) : "According to the European Union standards, this fund will help to harmonize the level of security of the Member States borders and this is why we've introduced the concept of common assessment criteria and thanks to this criteria we will manage to avoid differences in term of Member States capacities to protect their borders and some countries that have tried to enter Schengen by showing up their capacities." 00:00:30
00:02:30 SOUNDBITE (Greek) Dimitrios KOURKOULAS, Deputy Foreign Minister Responsible for European Affairs : "The new fund will help the European Union and the Member States to be able to fulfill their strategies in the field of Justice and Home Affairs and to provide European added value. The simplification of operations will reduce costs and also reduce red tape from the beneficiaries." 00:00:29
00:02:59 SOUNDBITE (English) Cecilia MALMSTROM, Commissioner for Home Affairs : "The objective of simplification had been attained. The number of funds, as you have said, is reduced to asylum migration integration fund and the internal security fund with the set of common rules. Shared management will continue to be main delivery mechanism in the field of migration and borders but it has also been introduced in the area of internal security and police cooperation and prime cover prevention." 00:00:35
00:03:34 SOUNDBITE (English) Cecilia MALMSTROM, Commissioner for Home Affairs : "But more flexibility does not mean less control over the use of funds, on the contrary, we have tailor-made national programmes designed for specific needs and situations of Member States. And this will be delivering greater benefits thanks to stronger focus on results. There is an enhanced monitoring and evaluation mechanism with the use of indicators that will measure the progress and will allow us to better steer the funding and deliver on the priorities." 00:00:19
00:03:53 SOUNDBITE (English) Cecilia MALMSTROM, Commissioner for Home Affairs : "So we therefore encourage the European Parliament to give your agreement to the fund and the whole package by your vote tomorrow. The subsequent preparatory steps in view of putting them into action is in our joint interest and it can only be undertaken after the 4 regulations entering into force." 00:00:17
00:04:10 Cutaways : 7 shots 00:00:22
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