EP OKs over 400mn for refugee crisis

Funding to be allocated immediately

(ANSA) - Brussels, October 15 - The European Parliament on Thursday approved the allocation of 401.3 million euros to EU member states and agencies operating on the front lines of the current refugee and migrant crisis The funding was approved with 577 votes in favour, 66 against and 14 abstaining, and can be disbursed immediately.
    Of the total, 100 million euros are going to the Asylum, Migration & Integration and Internal Security funds, 1.3 million euros will cover 120 new hires at EU border agency Frontex, and 300 million to the EU regional trust fund set up in December 2014 to help Syrians refugees fleeing an ongoing civil war in their country.


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