European Refugee Fund

The European Refugee Fund (ERF) is one of the four funds under the General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows. Its main purpose is to support Member States’ ability to adequately and safely receive refugees and displaced persons. Up to €628 million have been made available for the period 2008-2013 to cover such area.

Click here​ to access Decision 573/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 as part of the General Programme ‘Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows’.

The fund is operated through shared management – in essence the European Commission allocates funds to the National Responsible Authority of participating Member States (including Malta) on an annual basis. The Responsible Authority would consequently issue calls for proposals, adjudicate projects, monitor their implementation and effect payments to the beneficiaries.  Subject to the availability of funds, up to a maximum of 75% of the projects’ eligible costs can be co-financed out of the Fund.  It is also relevant to point out that the Fund covers also emergency measures aimed at addressing situations of particular pressure – in this case the maximum level of co-financing is 80% and projects have to be carried out within 6 months.

A control mechanism is in place to ensure that funds are managed properly – expenditure is certified by the Certifying Authority and audited by the Audit Authority.

 The funds allocated to Malta are as follows:

Year Amount €
​2013 4,864,415
​2012 ​2,395,033
​2011 2,618,719.12
​2010 ​1,164,651.22
​2009 ​1,997,035.19
​2008 ​1,199,410

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