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Parliamentary questions
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20 September 2016
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-005337/2016

The scope of the European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (EGF) is to provide support to workers made redundant as a result of major structural changes in world trade patterns due to globalisation or continuation of the global financial and economic crisis. The Commission refers the Honourable Member to the EGF Regulation (2014-2020)(1) for more details on the rules of this Fund since the beginning of 2014.

In line with Article 79(5) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), it is for Member States to determine volumes of admission of third-country nationals coming from third countries to seek work on their territory. In addition, as outlined in the EU Action Plan on the integration of third-country nationals(2), support to the integration of third-country nationals should not be seen as detrimental in respect of other vulnerable or disadvantaged groups or minorities. It should rather be considered as an integral part of the efforts to build inclusive and cohesive societies, providing meaningful opportunities for all to participate in society and the economy.

Furthermore, in the context of the migratory crisis, it has become clear that the EU needs to improve its migration management tools. The European Agenda on Migration(3) identified border management as one of the elements to address this while safeguarding free movement in the Schengen area. In June 2016, political agreement was reached on the Commission proposal for a regulation on the European Border and Coast Guard to significantly strengthen the mandate of Frontex, especially in situations where the external borders are under disproportionate migratory pressure. Strengthened external borders will also allow the return to a normal functioning of Schengen without internal borders.(4)

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1309/2013, OJ L 347 of 20.12.2013, p 855.
(2)COM(2016) 377 final
(3)COM(2015) 240 final

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