Parliament to push for maximum EU funding to tackle refugee crisis
The EP will call on Wednesday on member states to stump up as much money as possible to tackle the migration crisis. It wants cash saved from smaller than expected EU budget contributions to go to two EU funds to help refugees and migrants in and near Syria and to tackle the root causes of migration in Africa. MEPs are also to decide on the use of a maximum budget flexibility to provide additional resources for migration management efforts.
While member states' contributions to the EU budget have fallen by €9.4 billion, partly thanks to a windfall of €2.3 billion in competition fines and higher than expected customs duties, their financial pledges to the Africa Trust Fund and the Syria Trust Fund are still behind by €2.3 billion. Parliament expects member states to honour their pledges, states the draft resolution on draft amending budget 8/2015.
In a separate vote on Wednesday, the House is set to approve the use of budget flexibility to finance migration. It successfully negotiated a deal to make full use of the €1.53 billion available from the 2014 and 2015 budgets for this purpose in 2016.
2015/2264(BUD) - (flexibility instrument)
Debate: Tuesday 24 November
Vote: Wednesday 25 November
Press conference Wednesday 25 November at 14:30, with 2016 budget rapporteurs José Manuel Fernandes (EPP, PT) and Gérard Deprez (ALDE, BE), budgets committee chair Jean Arthuis (ALDE, FR) and 2015 budget rapporteur Eider Gardiazábal Rubial (S&D, ES)
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