On 1 April, the European Commission proposed a simplified funding procedure as part of the 2014-2020 Cohesion Policy to address the additional costs to member states of receiving and hosting refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
The proposal introduces a new “simplified cost option”, to cover for immediate needs of refugees, such as food, basic material assistance as well as accommodation and transportation costs.
This proposal complements the additional flexibility already introduced by the Cohesion’s Action for Refugees in Europe proposal and the increase by €3.4 billion of the pre-financing under the REACT-EU.
“With this proposal, we are making the use of cohesion funds easier, reducing the administrative burden and facilitating the financing of refugee’s basic needs,” said Commissioner for Cohesion and Reforms, Elisa Ferreira.
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