For the next long-term EU budget 2021-2027, the European Commission Tuesday proposed to almost triple funding for migration and border management to 34.9 billion euro (USD 41.1 billion), as compared to 13 billion euro (USD 15.3 billion) in the previous period.
The proposal, said the Commission in a press release, is a response to increased migratory, mobility and security challenges.
A new separate fund for integrated border management will be created and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency will be further strengthened with a new standing corps of around 10,000 border guards.
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans said: “Based on past experience and the knowledge that migration will remain a challenge in the future, we are proposing an unprecedented increase in funding. Strengthening our common EU borders, in particular with our European Border and Coast Guard, will continue to be a big priority.” On his part, EU Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs, Pierre Moscovici said: “The EU’s 115,000 customs officials are on the frontline in protecting our citizens from counterfeit or unsafe goods and other forms of illicit trade.
“To support them in that vital task, we are today proposing a new fund worth 1.3 billion euro, (USD 1.5 billion) for EU countries to acquire the most cutting-edge customs equipment
Source: Kuwait News Agency