24 Sep 2015
EUROPEAN COMMISSION DAILY NEWS – 24 SEPTEMBERBrussels Daily
Commissioner Thyssen convenes extraordinary meeting with ESF and FEAD managing authorities in response to the refugee crisis
The European Commission has been consistently and continuously working for a coordinated European response on the refugees and migration front. The Commission has taken rapid action and proposed concrete measures in response to the escalating refugee crisis, presenting a comprehensive approach to migration management – in line with the principles of solidarity and responsibility. Migration management can be successful only if underpinned by effective policies at national, regional and local level to promote social inclusion and to facilitate integration of asylum seekers and refugees. In this context, the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) play an important role in supporting the implementation of social inclusion and labour market integration measures in the Member States. Commissioner Thyssen has called the Managing Authorities of the two funds for an extraordinary meeting tomorrow in Brussels. They will discuss how to better use the available FEAD and ESF resources to respond to the refugee crisis by optimising the impact of the social inclusion and labour market integration measures. The meeting will also provide the opportunity to share best practices and expertise on providing assistance and fostering the integration of refugees into our societies and economies. Ahead of the meeting, Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said: “We need to optimise the use of EU funds and measures to support Member States to respond to the refugee crisis. Financial support from the European Social Fund can play a crucial role in supporting the integration of asylum seekers and refugees, providing them with the possibility to participate in their host societies – both socially and economically.” The speech of Commissioner Thyssen will be broadcast by Ebs, a factsheet on EU support for integration of refuges and asylum seekers will be available on the day of the event.
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