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Parliamentary questions
13 December 2007
Answer given by Mr Frattini on behalf of the Commission

EU financial support can be provided to Malta to improve the existing infrastructure of reception centres thereby improving the conditions in the centres.

The European Refugee Fund legal bases foresee the co-financing of accommodation infrastructure as one of the eligible activities. This Fund is implemented on the basis of shared management, meaning that the national authorities in the Member States are responsible for the management and implementation of the Fund. Therefore it is up to the Maltese authorities concerned to include support for such activities when preparing the annual programmes. According to the eligibility rules on actions co-financed by the Fund, costs for purchase, construction and renovation are eligible under the Fund on the basis of depreciation. Therefore only the portion of the depreciation of these assets corresponding to the duration of use for the project and the rate of actual use for the project is eligible for co-financing. Malta has already received funding for this purpose under the European Refugee Fund during the period 2005‑07. The costs for the improvement of infrastructure of the reception centres were co-financed by the Fund on the basis of depreciation.

With regard to the financial instruments managed directly by the Commission, the new Programme ‘Migration Management — Solidarity in Action’ for 2007 contains a component addressing reception challenges in relation to irregular maritime immigration. Strand A of the call for proposals published in July 2007 concerning the improvement of the quality and capacity of reception foresees ‘accommodation infrastructure and services’ as one of the possible actions. In this regard, where justified, such costs could be eligible on the basis of depreciation in relation to the actual duration and rate of use for the project.

OJ C 191, 29/07/2008
Last updated: 29 January 2008Legal notice