MEPs to approve extra funds for refugee aid and fighting terrorism
Parliament is set to give the go-ahead for 2016's first draft amending budget, to provide for €100 million of emergency support for refugees within the EU as well as €2 million to hire new staff at EUROPOL’s European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC). Given the urgency, MEPs fast-tracked the procedure to be completed in just over a month.
The €100 million for humanitarian aid, in view of the current influx of refugees and migrants into the Union, is the first slice of the new €700m Emergency Assistance instrument proposed by the Commission on 2 March. The funds could be used for: food assistance, emergency healthcare, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene, protection, and education.
In the light of recent terrorist attacks, a further €2 million would be made available to reinforce staff at the European Counter Terrorism Centre (ECTC), established at EUROPOL on 1 January 2016, which is expected to be the central hub in the fight against terrorism in the EU.
The funds for providing humanitarian assistance to refugees within the EU are redeployed from the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and those for Europol from the Internal Security Fund (ISF), thus not taken from existing external humanitarian aid programmes outside the EU.
Vote: Wednesday, 13 April
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