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Parliamentary question - P-002288/2022(ASW)Parliamentary question

Answer given by Mr Hahn on behalf of the European Commission

The fastest way to assist Member States, regional and local authorities is through existing instruments from the previous and current Multiannual Financial Framework.

The Commission introduced extra flexibility under 2014-2020 cohesion policy programmes with the Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE)[1] allowing swift reallocation of available funding to emergency support for people fleeing Ukraine.

The Commission paid out EUR 3.5 billion of increased pre-financing under REACT-EU and extended the possibility for 100% co-financing for one more year.

The Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST — CARE) proposal, put forward on 29 June 2022, further extends the 100% co-financing option and provides additional EUR 3.5 billion of pre-financing for the new cohesion programmes[2].

The Commission also mobilised assets under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism. To support the activation of the Temporary Protection Directive[3] for persons fleeing Ukraine, it set up a Solidarity Platform[4].

It also introduced additional flexibility in the 2014-2020 Home Affairs Funds. Under the Home Affairs Funds for 2021-2027, EUR 400 million for Emergency Assistance was made available for supporting the Member States most affected by the mass influx of displaced persons[5].

To facilitate optimal and complementary use of available EU funds, the Commission established a ‘one-stop-shop’ for questions from national and regional authorities and runs a platform to provide explanations on the legal provisions.

Furthermore, on 21 March 2022, the Commission launched a dedicated call under the Technical Support Instrument (TSI)[6] to support Member States in welcoming refugees from Ukraine. Nine Member States shall benefit from this support[7].

Last updated: 16 September 2022
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