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Migration and Home Affairs
6 June 2024

Internal Security Fund (2021-2027)

Funded actions under ISF

Concrete actions to be funded through ISF can include a wide range of initiatives, such as:

  • the purchase/procurement of ICT systems, and associated training, testing as well as their improved interoperability and data quality
  • monitoring of the implementation of EU law and policy objectives in the Member States in the area of security information systems
  • operations implementing or facilitating the implementation of the EU Policy Cycle/EMPACT (European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats)
  • support to thematic or cross-theme networks of specialised national units to improve mutual confidence, exchange and dissemination of know-how, information, experiences and best practices, pooling of resources and expertise in joint centres of excellence
  • education and training for relevant law enforcement and judicial authorities and administrative agencies

Implementation of the Fund

ISF will be implemented under:

The largest share will be allocated to the national programmes under shared management.

Thematic Facility

Building up on the implementation of the 2014-2020 ISF-Police instrument, the Fund will introduce more flexibility with part of the funding dedicated to a Thematic Facility. With this instrument, funds can be allocated to emerging or unforeseen needs and steered towards the changing EU priorities and evolving challenges.

Funding under the Thematic Facility will be allocated during the programming period through:

  • Shared management
  • Direct/Indirect management: including Union Actions and Emergency Assistance through international organisations

Union Actions comprise Calls for proposals, procurement, direct awards and delegation agreements.

For the components of the Thematic Facility, the Commission approves Work Programmes defining the priorities and objectives:

2021-2022 Work Programme

Revised 2021-22 Work Programme (non-substantial)

Second revised 2021-22 Work Programme (non-substantial)

Third revised 2021-22 Work Programme (non-substantial)

Fourth revised 2021-22 Work Programme (non-substantial)

Fifth revised 2021-22 Work Programme (non-substantial)

2023-2025 Work Programme

First revised 2023-2025 Work Programme (non-substantial)

Second revised 2023-2025 Work Programme (substantial)

The Fund’s beneficiaries

Examples of beneficiaries of the programmes implemented under this Fund can be:

  • state/federal police
  • customs and other specialised law enforcement services (including national cybercrime units, anti-terrorism and other specialised units)
  • local public bodies
  • non-governmental organisations
  • international organisations
  • Union agencies
  • private and public law companies
  • networks
  • research institutes and universities

Eligible countries

To be eligible for Union financing under ISF, legal entities have to be established in:

(i) a Member State (except Denmark – see below) or an overseas country or territory linked to it;

(ii) a third country listed in the work programme as part of a consortium composed of at least two independent entities, at least one of which is established in a Member State;

In addition, legal entities created under Union law or any international organisation relevant for the purposes of the Fund are also eligible. Natural persons are not eligible for Union financing.


In accordance with Articles 1 and 2 of Protocol No 22 on the position of Denmark, annexed to the Treaty of the European Union (TEU) and to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Regulation and is not bound by it or subject to its application.

Annual Performance Reports from the Member State programmes

Starting in 2023 and for every subsequent year, all the Member States participating in the ISF are required to submit to the European Commission an annual performance report providing information on the progress of their shared management programme. The scope of the report is defined by article 30 of the ISF Regulation and detailed in the related Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2023/170. This report complements with qualitative information the periodic quantitative reporting on the progress that is made by all Managing Authorities (available on the Open Data Platform). The report helps to assess the programme’s performance, any issues affecting it as well as the related remedy strategies. In addition, its information feeds into the evaluation cycle and helps the Commission in its supervisory role.

Before its submission, the report must be approved by the Monitoring Committee of Member State programme. This process creates an opportunity to systematically assess and discuss the programme’s implementation among its key stakeholders.

In line with article 30(2) of the ISF regulation, the Commission ensures that the summaries of the annual performance reports provided by the Member States are translated in all EU languages and made publicly available.

Summaries of the reports submitted in 2023