Building a more open and secure Europe requires strategic use of EU funding that is directed to those policy areas where we are facing collective challenges.
As is reflected in the post-Stockholm Communication , we are faced with challenges which require common European responses. Although the share of Home Affairs in the EU budget is less than 1% and in order to continue implementation of existing policies and to be able to respond effectively to those new challenges, the overall resources for Home Affairs have increased compared to the previous period (2007-13), now amounting to EUR 9.26 billion. This increase in the available resources for Home Affairs underlines the importance of this policy area at the EU level and ensures adequate support for building a more open and secure Europe.
The current Home Affairs financial instruments include two Funds:
In order to improve and simplify the way in which EU funding is delivered, the number of financial instruments has been reduced compared to the previous financial framework. More flexible rules for implementation will also allow for a faster and more effective response to challenges in all areas of Home Affairs policies.
The external component of the Funds allows the EU to fund actions related to non-EU countries which have a direct impact in the EU and on its citizens. By using the EU Home Affairs Funds, it will be possible to improve the link between the internal and external dimension of Home Affairs policies.