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Migration must be a priority of the 2016 budget too, emphasized MEPs

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 ottobre 2015

Devoting enough resources to handle the unprecedented migration crisis must be a priority of next year’s European budget, said MEPs on Tuesday at a joint meeting of the budgets and the civil liberties committee discussing the financing of the crisis with Commission Vice-President Kristalina Georgieva and Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos in charge of migration issues. fuga migranti2MEPs urged member states to stick to their word and come up with resources they promised. They deplored earlier Council cuts to the originally proposed draft budget in areas which aim at stemming the reasons for migration, including funds for the poorest regions and development aid.”The refugees are not the culprits, they are victims themselves”, said Mr José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT), the rapporteur for the bulk of the 2016 budget. “These are extraordinary events, therefore they call for extraordinary funding,” he continued, adding that taking the money from other priority programmes could not be the solution.While welcoming the Commission’s topping up of its own original proposal for migration (through the draft amending budget 7/2015 and through an amending letter to the 2016 budget proposal), civil liberties committee rapporteur Mr Péter Niedermüller (S&D, HU) insisted that there must be full transparency of where the extra resources end up. “We know that Frontex can only organise the return of migrants at the request of member states. How can the extra €50 million for Frontex then be spent on its organising the return? There is no legal base.”
Commissioner Avramopoulos announced that a proposal will be tabled at the end of the year to review Frontex’s mandate. The proposal is due to deal with the returns and with the setting-up of a European border and coast guard system, he added.Several MEPs questioned whether funding of the refugee crisis was sufficient in the medium and long term, calling for the mid-term revision of the Union’s multiannual financial framework to rearrange the priorities and the associated budgets.Others wanted to see uniform asylum law in the Union and the financing of a common European border and coast guard system. Several MEPs called for more relocation of asylum seekers and less return of migrants.The Commission is ready to discuss the reallocation of national resources from the cohesion, the structural or the solidarity fund to the management of refugee flows if needed, said Commissioner Georgieva.

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