EU al­lo­cates € 74.9 mln to Cyprus for mi­gra­tion

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The Euro­pean Com­mis­sion has ap­proved EUR 74.9 mln to Cyprus out of a to­tal of EUR 2.4 bln dis­trib­uted in 23 multi-an­nual na­tional pro­grammes for the 2014 – 2020 pe­riod un­der the Asy­lum, Mi­gra­tion and In­te­gra­tion Fund (AMIF) and the In­ter­nal Se­cu­rity Fund (ISF).

The Cyprus na­tional pro­gramme for the AMIF is EUR 32.3 mln, while for the ISF is EUR 42.6 ml, the Com­mis­sion an­nounced on Mon­day.

In the area of asy­lum, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion said that, “Cyprus fo­cuses strongly on im­prov­ing the qual­ity and speed of asy­lum pro­ce­dures, in­creas­ing and im­prov­ing the qual­ity of the re­cep­tion and ac­com­mo­da­tion ca­pac­i­ties and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to ap­pli­cants for in­ter­na­tional pro­tec­tion”.

As re­gards le­gal mi­gra­tion and in­te­gra­tion, the fund­ing “will mainly sup­port pre-de­par­ture mea­sures as well as prepara­tory ac­tions fa­cil­i­tat­ing ac­cess of third-coun­try na­tion­als to the labour mar­ket”.

In ad­di­tion, Cyprus will fo­cus “on strength­en­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tive ca­pac­ity and aware­ness ris­ing of the re­ceiv­ing so­ci­ety”.

Cyprus will con­tinue the re­cently es­tab­lished vol­un­tary re­turn pro­gramme and will also sup­port forced re­turn.

As re­gards the com­mon visa pol­icy, Cyprus will fo­cus “on sup­port­ing the visa sec­tions for short-stay, the na­tional visa sys­tem, and train­ing on is­sues re­lated to the Visa In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem.”

In re­la­tion to bor­der man­age­ment, Cyprus con­tin­ues the de­vel­op­ment of EUROSUR and Au­to­mated Bor­der Con­trol gates.

It will also sup­port the Schen­gen In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem II/SIRENE, in­crease the ca­pac­ity for bor­der sur­veil­lance and im­ple­ment the Smart Borders pack­age. The EC said Cyprus will fur­ther­more ex­pand train­ing for bor­der guards on is­sues re­lated to ex­ter­nal bor­der man­age­ment.

Un­der ISF Po­lice, Cyprus fo­cuses “on im­prov­ing the ca­pac­ity for fi­nan­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tions and fight­ing against cy­ber crime, drug traf­fick­ing and cor­rup­tion through pur­chas­ing spe­cialised equip­ment, en­hanced ex­change of in­for­ma­tion and train­ing.”

It will also in­vest in en­hanc­ing its op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity for fight­ing against ter­ror­ism and ef­fec­tively man­ag­ing se­cu­rity re­lated risks and crises (in­clud­ing CBRN), the Com­mis­sion said.

“Mem­ber states nowa­days face un­prece­dented chal­lenges in the fields of mi­gra­tion and se­cu­rity and the Com­mis­sion is tak­ing ac­tion in a spirit of sol­i­dar­ity”, Mi­gra­tion, Home Af­fairs and Cit­i­zen­ship Com­mis­sioner Dim­itris Avramopou­los said.

Through the Euro­pean Agen­das on Mi­gra­tion and Se­cu­rity, he added, “the Com­mis­sion is tak­ing bold steps to im­prove mi­gra­tion man­age­ment, foster co­op­er­a­tion and make Europe safer from or­gan­ised crime and ter­ror­ism for our cit­i­zens.”

Avramopou­los also ex­pressed the Com­mis­sion’s de­ter­mi­na­tion “to con­tinue to put sol­i­dar­ity into prac­tice.”

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