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7 January 2019
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-004570/2018

The EU promptly responded to the request of the authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina for support in addressing the current developments on migration. Since June 2018, the Commission provided EUR 2 million in humanitarian aid to address the immediate needs of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants. This covers the provision of emergency shelter, water and sanitation, food, non-food items, healthcare and protection.

In August 2018, the Commission allocated EUR 7.2 million to increase the capacity for identification, registration and protection of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants, to provide adequate accommodation and basic services for the winter period, and to support the Bosnia and Herzegovina border police. Implementation started in October 2018.

The authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina were asked to urgently identify and agree on suitable accommodation locations in the Una-Sana Canton. These locations need to ensure adequate conditions. Since the end of July 2018, through EU assistance, families and unaccompanied minors are accommodated at the former motel Sedra in Cazin. Further locations are under consideration for use as accommodation.

The EU Delegation as well as relevant Commission services closely monitor the implementation of EU assistance and the situation of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Commission is in contact with Croatia concerning the implementation of the Common European Asylum System, including regarding allegations of mistreatment of third-country nationals and the lack of possibility to apply for asylum. The Commission expects Croatia to follow up on this issue. The Commission will continue to closely monitor the situation, including being in contact with the authorities.

Negotiations on the status agreement with Bosnia and Herzegovina for the deployment of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (ECBGA) teams in Bosnia and Herzegovina along the Croatian border are now concluded. That status agreement still needs to be signed by both parties before the deployment of ECBGA teams at the border with Croatia can take place.

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