foreign countries structural aid Brussels wants to pay EU countries 400 euros per year and refugee Stand: 08:22 clock | Reading time: 2 minutes States that receive refugees should soon be paid for it. According to a report, the EU Commission plans to transfer money directly to the municipalities. There is already criticism of the amount of the subsidy. D The EU Commission wants to pay member states 400 euros a year and refugees as structural aid. This is clear from the draft Common Structural Funds Regulation, reports the “Rheinische Post” , It should be adopted by the Parliament and the Council together with the financial framework from 2021 to 2027. The amount is to be received by the countries for the “share of net immigration from outside the EU since 1 January 2013”, according to the regulation. The Parliamentary Managing Director of the CDU / CSU group in the EPP Group of the European Parliament, Markus Pieper, welcomes the regulation. “The reception of migrants and integration work is a very important factor in the funding scheme,” he said. “This is a golden reins to create more awareness of the problem. Also against the background that a compulsion to take up refugees not enforce anyway, “he said. However, Pieper considers the level of the program too low: “The premium that the EU pays for each migrants admitted could well be doubled from 400 euros and one could make binding the earmarking of social programs for integration work more binding.” also read Sven Giegold, finance spokesman for the Green Group in Brussels, also supports the measure. “It is better to give the money for refugees directly to the municipalities than to the affected central governments of the countries. Then there will be a critical debate in countries that basically do not want to accept refugees, “said Giegold. All in all, the EU’s structural funding should fall significantly to a number of states. This is especially true for those who refuse to accept refugees at present. For example, in the new financial framework, only 64.4 billion euros will go to Poland instead of 83.9 billion as in the current funding period from 2014 to 2020. Hungary will only receive 17.9 instead of 23.6 billion euros. The Czech Republic’s contribution will also fall 23.5 to 17.8 billion euros. This is clear from an internal list of the EU Commission. also read However, this has only marginally to do with their refugee policy, says EPP Group Leader Pieper: “The economic development in countries like Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary has gone very well. Many regions there have now dropped out of maximum funding. ” Green finance expert Giegold criticized the cuts in the Structural Funds. “It is not very wise to cut funding for the Structural Funds,” he said. “Investments that are future-oriented are cut here. It would have been better to cut spending on agriculture more. That countries such as Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic get relatively less, I think is fine. They have caught up economically. “


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