MEPs to press EU countries to use €1.3bn EU budget refund for refugee aid
Plans to refund €1.3 billion left over from the 2015 EU budget to EU member states will be put to a vote on Wednesday. Under EU rules, the money must be returned to member states via a reduction in their contributions. But in their draft resolution, MEPs nonetheless urge member states to use the refund to honour their pledges to help deal with the refugee crisis and match the EU contribution to the two dedicated trust funds set up for this purpose.
In their draft resolution, MEPs note “with concern” that in spring 2016, “Member States have only contributed €82 million to the Africa Trust Fund and €69 million to the Madad Trust Fund on the Syrian crisis, while the Union's contributions stand at €1.8 billion and more than €500 million respectively."
The Draft Amending Budget (DAB) No 2/2016 is intended to enter in the budget 2016 the surplus resulting from the implementation of the budget year 2015. The 2014 and 2013 positive balances amounted to EUR 1.4 billion and EUR 1 billion respectively.
Vote: Wednesday, 6 July