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Return Fund - National actions

General implementation mechanisms of the RF

All EU countries except for Denmark participate in the RF. The RF is mainly implemented by EU countries through shared management. Each EU State implements the Fund through national annual programmes on the basis of multiannual programming. These programmes are prepared, implemented, monitored and evaluated by EU countries in partnership with other designated authorities and bodies. These programmes are drawn up on the basis of strategic guidelines defined at EU level. Up to 50 % of the cost of the actions can be co-financed by the Funds. Under specific conditions (for Cohesion Fund countries and actions falling within specific priorities), the EU co-financing can reach 75 %. In each beneficiary State, the national authority responsible for the management of the Funds provides information on programme implementation, on the national annual programmes and on the beneficiaries of the Fund.

Distribution of resources

Each year the resources under the Fund are distributed to the EU countries in accordance with the criteria laid down in the basic act. The Commission has issued a report on the calculations made for the budget years 2007-2011: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the application of the criteria for the distribution of resources among the EU countries under the External Borders Fund, the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals and the European Return Fund.

Mid-Term implementation evaluation

The Commission has approved a report on the results achieved and on qualitative and quantitative aspects of implementation of the European Return Fund 2008-2009.

The report, which is requested by the Fund's legal basis, has been transmitted to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions.

The Commission report is complemented by the national evaluation reports submitted by all EU countries participating in the implementation of the Fund and with two studies.

National evaluation reports:

Austria msw8 - 317 KB [317 KB] Belgium msw8 - 224 KB [224 KB]
Bulgaria msw12 - 79 KB [79 KB] Cyprus msw12 - 114 KB [114 KB]
Czech Republic msw12 - 81 KB [81 KB] Estonia msw8 - 203 KB [203 KB]
Finland msw8 - 173 KB [173 KB] France msw12 - 300 KB [300 KB]
Germany msw8 - 242 KB [242 KB] Greece msw8 - 273 KB [273 KB]
Hungary msw8 - 341 KB [341 KB] Ireland msw12 - 54 KB [54 KB]
Italy msw8 - 314 KB [314 KB] Latvia msw12 - 96 KB [96 KB]
Lithuania msw8 - 235 KB [235 KB] Luxembourg msw8 - 181 KB [181 KB]
Malta msw12 - 68 KB [68 KB] Poland msw12 - 109 KB [109 KB]
Portugal msw12 - 113 KB [113 KB] Slovak Republic msw12 - 107 KB [107 KB]
Slovenia msw8 - 209 KB [209 KB] Spain msw12 - 78 KB [78 KB]
Sweden pdf - 403 KB [403 KB] United Kingdom msw8 - 700 KB [700 KB]

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