Dublin MEP, Brian Hayes has today (Wednesday) welcomed the approval of an additional €400million in funding for the refugee crisis. The funding was given the greenlight in a vote in the European Parliament this evening.
“Today’s vote is very welcome. The European Parliament has led the debate on the refugee crisis, consistently calling for a credible European migration policy. We have shown our commitment to making full use of the EU budget to address the current refugee crisis.”
“€100 million will be used to reinforce the Asylum and Migration Fund and to provide emergency assistance to the most affected EU Member states. Over €1 million will be allocated to increase the number of staff for the three relevant EU front line agencies – Frontex, the European Asylum Support Office and Europol. €300 million will be provided to support Syrian citizens. The funding also allocates €55 million in humanitarian aid.”
“This funding is not going to solve the crisis by a long shot. It will however form part of the solution. The efforts of the European Parliament need to be matched by member states. The long term solution to the crisis is to help stabilise the Middle East. More funding needs to be found from both the EU budget and from member states. Today’s allocation by the European Parliament is a first step.