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Migration and Home Affairs

Public Consultation on the European Refugee Fund (ERF) actions for 2011-2013

Policy field(s)

Home Affairs; Solid Funds; Immigration; Asylum

Target group(s)

Contributions are sought from individuals (experts, beneficiaries), local, regional and national authorities, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations, social partners and civil society, academic institutions, international organisations, EU Institutions and Agencies, based in EU Member States or third Countries.

The Commission would in particular like to encourage members of the following target groups to participate:

  • Individuals, EU nationals or third-country nationals legally present on the territory of one of the 27 Member States concerned;
  • Member States' public authorities (local, regional and national), or third Countries' public authorities dealing with integration and pre-departure measures;
  • Organisations having benefited from the ERF projects;
  • Organisations (including non-governmental and civil society organisations, academia, research bodies, social partners, interest groups, consultancies, think tanks…), in particular having as a stated objective:
    • Migrants and/or third-country nationals protection;
    • The Charter of Fundamental Rights, privacy and data protection;
    • Integration of third-country nationals into the European societies;
    • Integration of migrants in general.

Period of consultation

From 10/05/2016 to 09/08/2016

Objective of the consultation

The aim of the consultation is to collect views and opinions on the results and impacts of actions co-financed by the ERF during 2011-2013 (annual programmes as well as Community actions) and to assess their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, sustainability, coherence and complementarity, and EU added value.

The ERF was established for the period 2008 to 2013 by Council Decision No 2007/573/EC as one of four funds under the General Programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows".

The ERF supports measures facilitating the development of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by ensuring that EU legislation in this field is efficiently and uniformly applied. The Fund promotes national and EU initiatives which encourage legal migration in line with the labour market needs and the effective integration of third-country nationals into EU Countries.

The ERF is complementary to the European Social Fund (ESF) whose objectives include also the integration of migrants into the European labour market.

This public consultation is part of a process to evaluate the results achieved by the actions implemented through the ERF 2011-2013 and aims at offering the stakeholders the opportunity to share their views on this matter, and gather ideas and analysis. For this evaluation, the Commission needs to gather substantial information from different stakeholders in order to improve its integration policy and to facilitate the integration of third country nationals into EU Member States, as highlighted in the European Agenda on Migration adopted by the Commission on 13 May 2015.

For more information on this consultation, please read the background document and the roadmap.

How to submit your contribution

You can contribute to this public consultation by filling out the online questionnaire. You may find it useful to refer to the background document and to the glossary which are published alongside this consultation.

As part of the European Transparency Initiative, the Commission asks organisations (including NGOs, trade associations, enterprises etc.) who wish to participate in public consultations to provide the Commission and the public with information about whom and what they represent, their objectives, funding and structures, by registering in the Transparency Register and subscribing to its Code of Conduct.

  • If you are a Registered organisation, please fill in your Register ID number in the questionnaire. Your contribution will then be considered as representing the views of your organisation.
  • If your organisation is not registered, you have the opportunity to register now. Then return to this page to submit your contribution as a Registered organisation.

If an organisation decides not to provide this information, it is the Commission's stated policy to list the contribution as part of the individual contributions (Consultation Standards, see COM (2002) 704, and Communication on ETI Follow-up, see COM (2007) 127 of 21/03/2007). These replies will be published separately.

The contributions to this public consultation will be published on Internet, unless you provide a substantial justification for your opposition to the publication of your contribution (see questionnaire). It is important to read the specific privacy statement attached to this consultation for information on how your personal data and contribution will be dealt with.

Replies may be submitted in any EU official language. Given possible delays in translating comments submitted in some languages, contributions in English are welcome, as they will help the Commission to process the survey more swiftly.

Reference documents and other, related consultations

Evaluation roadmap

Background document


A European Agenda on Migration

Accompanying documents:

Results of consultation and next steps

The results of the public consultation have been taken into consideration for the preparation of the Commission's ex post evaluation report on the ERF actions for 2011-2013. An overview of the contributions received from respondents to the consultation is provided in the report of results. For reference, please see the original consultation questionnaire.

You will find below the contributions where the participants agreed their response could be directly published together with the personal/organisation information. The responses of those participants who agreed that their contribution could be published anonymously are included in an Excel file with the anonymised data.

The contributions of participants who did not agree to the publication of results were not published. They will, however, be taken into account when analysing the results of the public consultation.

Disclaimer: The information and views contained in the contributions published are those of the authors and do not reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. The Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of the information contained therein. Neither the Commission nor any person acting on the Commission's behalf may be held responsible for the content and the use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Contact details

  • Responsible service:
    European Commission
    DG Migration and Home Affairs
    Unit E.2 – National Programmes for South and East Europe;
    Evaluation; AMIF/ISF Committee
  • E-mail:
    HOME-FUNDS-EVALUATIONSatec [dot] europa [dot] eu (HOME-FUNDS-EVALUATIONS[at]ec[dot]europa[dot]eu)
  • Postal address:
    European Commission
    DG Migration and Home Affairs
    Unit E.2 - National Programmes for South and East Europe;
    Evaluation; AMIF/ISF Committee
    B - 1049 Bruxelles / Brussels
    Belgique / België

Deadline: from 10/08/2016 to: 10/08/2016