As of December 2011, the Schengen Area consists of the following EU States: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Hungary,
The Commission is carrying out its review of the EU Budget, in preparation for the next Multi-Annual Financial Framework, which will cover funding in the period after 2013. In that context, a fresh look is also being taken at spending priorities and at the existing delivery mechanisms to implement home affairs policies. Home affairs policies currently include security (prevention of and fight against terrorism and organised crime; police cooperation), migration (legal and irregular immigration; integration; asylum; visa policy) and management of the external borders (including return).
As part of this reflection process and in order to obtain the views of stakeholders on the future funding for home affairs policies, a dedicated on-line public consultation has been launched. The results of the consultation will feed into the preparations for future funding in the area of home affairs after 2013.