European Court of Auditors: lack of coordination between funds hinders integration of third country nationals

by zoejardiniere

14.12.2012 EU Integration programmes are rendered less effective because of the lack of adequate coordination between European funds, a report by the European Court of Auditors (ECA), assessing the European Integration Fund (EIF) and the European Refugee Fund (ERF), has found.

Furthermore, the complex design of the funds leads to excessive administration, which is out of proportion with their size. Finally, the effectiveness of the funds is compromised by delays, initiated by the late adoption of the legislation, leading to the late submission of programmes and key guidelines not being available on time.

The report recommends to end the separation of target groups on the basis of nationality.

The EIF and the ERF fall within the European General Programme SOLID, which also includes the External Borders Fund and the European Return Fund.

“We’ve found that much can be improved and I am pleased that the Commission has already proposed important changes to the legislation for the next financial programming period that could improve the effectiveness of integration of third-country nationals“, said Milan Martin Cvikl, the ECA member responsible for the report. Negotiations between the Council and the European Parliament on the new Asylum and Migration Fund that will run from the period 2014 to 2020 are expected to begin in early 2013. Under the proposal drafted by the European Commission, this fund should have a budget of €3.8 billion to be distributed over its seven-year lifetime.

For further information:

–         European Court of Auditors, Press Release “EU programmes for integration of third-country nationals are hampered by complex design and lack of coordination between funds” – EU Auditors, 11 December 2012

–         ECRE, Comments on the Commission Proposals on the future of EU Funding in the area of asylum & migration, August 2012