There are instruments designed to make the financial framework more flexible:
- Emergency Aid Reserve
- EU Solidarity Fund
- Flexibility Instrument
- European Globalisation Adjustment Fund
The management of these instruments and their mobilisation procedures are set out in the interinstitutional agreement.
Designed to enable a rapid response to specific aid requirements for non-EU countries that were unforeseeable when the budget was drawn up.
Priority is given to humanitarian operations, but the reserve may also be used for civil crisis management and protection if necessary.
Aims to release emergency financial aid following a major disaster in a Member State or aspiring ("candidate") country. Aid is managed by the recipient country, and should be used to rebuild basic infrastructure, fund emergency services, temporary accommodation or clean-up operations, or counter immediate health risks.
Max.7.5% of the Fund's annual budget (i.e. €75m) can be used for regional disasters.
Provides funding in a given financial year for clearly identified expenses which could not be covered by one or more budget headings without exceeding their expenditure ceilings.
Aims to help workers reintegrate into the labour market where they have been displaced by major structural changes in world trade patterns.