An extra €43.9 million to manage migration and refugee flows started by events in the southern Mediterranean was approved by Parliament's Budgets Committee on Thursday, in an "amending budget".

The extra money will be used to help the EU Member States most directly affected by migration and refugee flows, and to step up maritime surveillance by EU border agency Frontex.

Frontex will receive an additional €24 million. The remainder goes to the EU Refugee Fund (€12.2 million), the External Border Fund (€4.9 million) and the EU Return Fund (2.8 million).

The extra money comes from unspent funds for energy projects under the European Economic Recovery Plan.

In the chair : Alain LAMASSOURE (EPP, FR)