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Migration and Home Affairs

Public Consultation on the European Return Fund (RF) actions for 2011-2013

Policy field(s)

Home Affairs; Solid Funds; Immigration; Return

Target group(s)

Contributions are sought from individuals (experts, beneficiaries) persons, local 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.

In particular, the Commission encourages the participation of the following target groups:

  • Individuals, EU nationals or third-country nationals who have travelled or intend to travel across the external borders of the Member States;
  • Member States' public authorities (local, regional and national), or third Countries' public authorities, dealing with international cooperation on return and migration and/or data exchange;
  • Organisation having benefited from RF porjects;
  • Organisations (including non-governmental and civil society organisations, academia, research bodies, social partners, interest groups, consultancies, think tanks…) having as a stated objective:
    • Migrants and/or third-country nationals protection;
    • The Charter of Fundamental Rights, privacy and data protection.

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 RF 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 RF was established for the period 2008-2013 by Council Decision No 2007/575/EC as one of four funds under the general programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows".

The RF supports measures targeting individuals returning to their place of origin ("returnees"), in order to ensure that their return is carried out in good conditions and to enhance the sustainability of their reintegration into the Community. Voluntary and enforced return activities are interlinked and have a mutually reinforcing effect, as a result Member States are encouraged to reinforce their complementarity in the implementation of their return policies.

This public consultation is part of a process to evaluate the results achieved by the actions implemented through the RF 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 return policy and to limit the conditions that foster irregular migration, 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 ex post evaluation reports on the RF actions for 2011 – 2013. Explanations on how the contributions have been taken into account are provided in the report of results. For reference please see the consultation questionaire.

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-NOTIFICATIONS-E2atec [dot] europa [dot] eu (HOME-NOTIFICATIONS-E2[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