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September 30, 2022

Romania to get 98.4 million euros from EC to improve refugee reception capacities

Romania is the beneficiary of one of the largest amounts earmarked on Monday by the European Commission by 2020 to help 19 countries improve their refugee reception capacities and the security of their borders, with Romania to be given 98.4 million euros, less than a fifth of what Italy and Spain get, AFP has reported.

Italy will receive the largest assistance – 560 million euros – followed by Spain with 521.8 million euros and Greece with 473 million euros.

The first payments meant to fund concrete projects laid down by each of the beneficiary countries will be made urgently, a spokesperson for the European Union executive said.

The only country to get more than Romania out of the 19 – except for the top-three – is Sweden, which has been assigned 154 million euros.

Romania will get 98.4 million euros, Bulgaria 72.7 million euros and Hungary 61.4 million euros.

Two of the island states hardest hit by the refugee flow – Cyprus and Malta – will receive 74 million euros and 74.6 million euros respectively.

Austria (26.5 million), Estonia (35.2), Finland (52.9), Ireland (9.2), Lithuania (17.2), Luxembourg (7.5), Poland (69.3), Portugal (38.6), Slovakia (13) and Slovenia (41) are the other beneficiaries of such funding.

The funds are allotted under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and the Internal Security Fund (ISF), that have a combined 7 billion euros budget for 2014-2020, Agerpres informs.

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