3 February 2011
The policy area of Home Affairs has been steadily growing the last years, with more attention given to an open Europe, a coherent asylum and migration policy, keeping citizens secure while ensuring respect for personal integrity, and increased cooperation and solidarity both within the EU and with partners outside the Union. In view of the ongoing budget discussions for the coming years, the Commission has launched an online public consultation for the Home Affairs area.
"We want to hear your views on what we do and on how we use our finances", says EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström.
Funding made available through the European Refugee Fund has already supported Member States in improving reception conditions for people seeking international protection. And funding from the External Borders Fund has resulted in projects aiming at getting smarter borders and better training for border guards. In order to strengthen the internal security of the EU, the Commission has also provided funding for protection of critical infrastructure, training of police officers, and exchange of best practices between police and other law enforcement authorities in Member States.
Now, it is time to look ahead and feed in the financial needs of future Home Affairs projects into the overall review of the EU Budget, which will cover the next financial planning period starting in 2014.
"This is an opportunity to have your say in what we do, and for you to let us know what you think we should focus on in order to meet future needs and challenges. Your views matter, and it is of course interesting to hear stakeholders' concrete experiences with Home Affairs programmes, not least when it comes to implementing projects and managing EU funds", says Cecilia Malmström.
The results of the consultation will feed into preparations for the future funding in the area of Home Affairs after 2013. The Commission will present its formal proposals for the next multi-annual financial framework in June 2011.
Read more about the public consultation, and access the online form directly on the website of DG Home Affairs.