An extra €401.3 million in EU funding to manage the refugee crisis was endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. The funds, proposed by the EU Commission and approved by Parliament’s Budgets Committee on Monday, would go to the EU countries hardest hit by the refugee inflow, to non-EU countries hosting most Syrian refugees and to three EU agencies handling most refugee-related tasks.
Parliament approved the extra funding by 577 votes to 66, with 14 abstentions.
Besides approving the immediate budgetary changes needed to accommodate the 23 September informal European Council’s decisions on migrants, Parliament emphasized that the EU’s 7-year framework budget system should be revised, to allow for long-term budgetary measures to deal with what could well prove to be a long-run problem.
"Parliament understands the urgency of the refugee situation and has been ready to act fast to reinforce resources to deal with the unprecedented numbers of refugees and migrants. However, with the refugee crisis likely to remain an issue in the coming years, we want to ensure adequate resources for it in the longer term, during the revision of the EU multiannual financial framework in 2016”, said rapporteur on changes to the 2015 budget Eider Gardiazábal Rubial (S&D, ES).
Now that both the Council and Parliament have approved the measures, the emergency aid can be made available immediately.
Note to editors
The Commission proposed the following increases in migration-related budget items in its Draft Amending Budget (DAB) 7/2015:
The current budget can be modified through draft amending budgets, or DABs, on the proposal of the Commission, with the approval of the EU budgetary authorities: Parliament and the Council;
DAB7/2015 adds a further €401.3 million in commitment appropriations – i.e. amounts available to commit - to the 2015 budget. The actual payments will be made in 2016, so the payment appropriations are to be discussed in the 2016 budget negotiations between Parliament and Council.