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European Council approved about €400 mln to deal with the refugee crisis
20:46, 8 October 2015
European Council approved about €400 mln to deal with the refugee crisis

Bulk of amount intended for the third countries hosting refugees from Syria

20:46, 8 October 2015

Reuters

The European Council approved €400 mln of additional financial aid in response to the migration crisis, the press service of the body stated.

“In a fast-track procedure the Council accepted draft amending budget for 2015 which strengthens the EU support under the European agenda on migration by €401,3 mln in commitments and €57,0 mln in payments,” said in the press release.

The approved sum of money includes €300 mln for the third countries hosting refugees from Syria, €100 mln to finance emergency assistance provided under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, and the Internal Security Fund. The rest €1,3 mln is intended for the creation of 120 new posts in the EU agencies working on migration-related areas. Also, an additional €55.7 mln will be allocated as humanitarian aid.

It is noted that the draft amending the 2015 EU budget should be approved by the European Parliament. If approved, a three-week conciliation period would start, stressed in the press service of the European Council.

Related: 8,000 refugees arrive to Europe every day - UN

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