Implementation of the Asylum and Migration Integration Fund Programme 2014-2020

During the implementation of the Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows Programme in 2007–2013, four funds were administrated in Lithuania:

– the European Refugee Fund (ERF), which reported to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour;

– the European Fund for the Integration of Third-country Nationals (EIF), which reported to the Ministry of Social Security and Labour;

– the External Borders Fund (EBF), which reported to the Ministry of the Interior;

– the European Return Fund (RF), which reported to the Ministry of the Interior;

For the period of 2014–2020, the above four funds will be merged into two funds:

– the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), consisting of the former ERF, EIF, and RF. The Ministry of Social Security and Labour was nominated the responsible authority (Resolution No 149 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 19 February 2014);

– the Internal Security Fund (ISF), covering management of the Union’s external borders and visas. The Ministry of the Interior was nominated the responsible institution (Resolution No 826 of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania of 11 September 2013).

The aim of the AMIF is to contribute to the efficient management of the EU migration flows, which is a part of an area of freedom, security and justice, in compliance with the common asylum, subsidiary protection, temporary protection policy, and common migration policy.

Target group: third-country nationals or stateless persons who have applied for asylum in Lithuania, foreigners who have been granted asylum, third-country nationals who are legally residing in Lithuania (under residence permits), third-country nationals who have opted to return to their country of origin voluntarily or who are subject to enforced return measures.

 

Financing

Lithuania has been allocated EUR 9.1 million for the implementation of the AMIF in 2014–2020. The amount of national co-financing (EUR 3 million) will account for 25% of the amount.

Additionally, just like the rest of the EU members, Lithuania has been granted 5.5% of the amount allocated for PMIF administration for the entire period of 2014–2020, + EUR 1 million (i.e. roughly EUR 1.6 million), for technical assistance.

AMIF National Programme

Decision No C(2015)1731 of the European Commission of 20 March 2015 approving the Lithuanian National Programme on support from the Asylum, Migration, and Integration Fund for 2014–2020 (amendments are available here).

The Working Group for AMIF National Programme and the AMIF’s Monitoring Committee

Order No 322 of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of 25 June 2013 established a Working Group, which aims to prepare the AMIF National Programme (amendments: Order No 180 of 18 March 2014).

Order No A1-454 of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour of 5 August 2015 established a Monitoring Committee for the AMIF National Programme, which exercises supervision over the implementation of the AMIF National Programme (amendments are available here).

AMIF legal acts

AMIF legal acts here

The Responsible Authority (RA) for the implementation of the AMIF National Programme:

The Ministry of Social Security and Labour, which is responsible for the successful implementation, monitoring, management of the AMIF National Programme and handles all communication with the European Commission:

– the Department of European Union Structural Support, Structural Support Management Division;

– the Accounting and Accountability Department, Structural Support Accounting and Accountability Division.

The audit authority:

The Centralized Internal Audit Division of the Ministry of Social Security and Labour measures whether the RA complies with the European Commission’s designated criteria, conducts management and control and financial audits, as well as random checks of selected projects and technical assistance.

The authorised entity:

Project Management Division IV of the European Social Fund Agency carries out evaluation of AMIF project applications and supervises the implementation of the projects financed by the AMIF.

The Monitoring Committee conducts supervision over the implementation of the AMIF National Programme.

The list of the projects financed by the AMIF is available here

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