Nikola Benin. Call for proposals to support awareness raising

Nikola Benin, PhD

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EUROPEAN
COMMISSION
Brussels, 26.4.2017
C(2017) 2572 final
COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION
of 26.4.2017
on the adoption of the work programme for 2017 and the financing of Union actions in
the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
EN 2 EN
COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION
of 26.4.2017
on the adoption of the work programme for 2017 and the financing of Union actions in
the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union,
Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 16 April 2014 laying down general provisions on the Asylum, Migration and
Integration Fund and on the instrument for financial support for police cooperation,
preventing and combating crime, and crisis management1
, and in particular Article 6 and
Article 8 thereof,
Having regard to Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and of the
Council of 16 April 2014 establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, amending
Council Decision 2008/381/EC and repealing Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No
575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council Decision
2007/435/EC2
, and in particular Article 14(4) and Article 20 thereof,
Having regard to Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of
the Council of 25 October 2012 on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the
Union3
, and in particular Article 84(2) thereof,
Whereas:
(1) In order to ensure implementation of Union actions, it is necessary to adopt a
financing decision and the work programme for 2017. Article 94 of Commission
Delegated Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules
of application of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament
and of the Council on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union4
establishes detailed rules on financing decisions.
(2) The work programme for 2017 being a sufficiently detailed framework in the meaning
of Article 94(2) and (3) of Delegated Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1268/2012, the
present Decision constitutes a financing decision for the expenditure provided for in
the work programme for Union actions.
(3) It is necessary to allow for the payment of interests due for late payments on the basis
of Article 92 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 and Article 111(4) of
Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012.
(4) In order to allow for flexibility in the implementation of the work programme, it is
appropriate to define the term ‘substantial change’ within the meaning of Article 94(4)
of Delegated Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 1268/2012.

1 OJ L 150, 20.5.2014, p. 112.
2 OJ L 150, 20.5.2014, p. 168.
3 OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1.
4 OJ L 362, 31.12.2012, p. 1.
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(5) It is appropriate to authorise award of grants without a call for proposals to the bodies
identified in the work programme and for the reasons provided therein.
(6) The United Kingdom and Ireland are subject to the application of Regulation (EU) No
516/2014 and they are therefore taking part in the adoption of this Decision and they
are bound by it and subject to its application.
(7) Denmark is not bound by Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 nor subject to its application
and therefore Denmark is not taking part in the adoption of this Decision and is not
bound by it or subject to its application.
(8) The measures provided for in this Decision are in accordance with the opinion of
the ‘Asylum, Migration and Integration and Internal Security Funds’ Committee
established by Article 59(1) of Regulation (EU) No 514/2014,
HAS DECIDED AS FOLLOWS:
Article 1
The work programme
The annual work programme for 2017 for the implementation of Union actions in the
framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, as set out in the Annex, is
adopted.
This Decision constitutes a financing decision within the meaning of Article 84 of Regulation
(EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 and Article 94 of Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012.
Article 2
Union contribution
The maximum Union contribution for the implementation of the annual work programme for
2017 for Union actions in the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund is set
at EUR 97 068 301 and shall be financed from the appropriations entered in the following
lines of the general budget for the Union for 2017:
Budget line 18 03 01 01: EUR 17 485 000,
Budget line 18 03 01 02: EUR 79 583 301.
The appropriations provided for in the first paragraph may also cover interests due for late
payments.
Article 3
Flexibility clause
Cumulated changes to the allocations to actions under this work programme not exceeding
20% of the maximum amount set in Article 2 of this Decision shall not not be considered to
be substantial within the meaning of Article 94(4) of Delegated Regulation (EU, Euratom) No
1268/2012, where those changes do not significantly affect the nature of the actions and
objective of the work programme. The increase of the maximum amount set in Article 2 of
this Decision shall not exceed 20%.
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In implementing this Decision, the authorising officer responsible may apply the changes
referred to in the first paragraph in accordance with the principles of sound financial
management and proportionality.
Article 4
Grants
Grants may be awarded without a call for proposals to the bodies identified in the Annex, in
accordance with the conditions specified therein.
Done at Brussels, 26.4.2017
For the Commission
Dimitris AVRAMOPOULOS
Member of the Commission
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EUROPEAN
COMMISSION
Brussels, 26.4.2017
C(2017) 2572 final
ANNEX 1
ANNEX
to the
COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING DECISION
on the adoption of the work programme for 2017 and the financing of Union actions in
the framework of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
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ANNEX
2017 work programme for support for Union actions in the framework of
the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund1
Policy context
On 13 May 2015, the Commission adopted the European Agenda on Migration (EAM)2
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which sets out immediate actions to be taken in response to the migration and refugee crisis
and four ‘pillars’ for the better management of migration in the future:
 reducing the incentives for irregular migration;
 border management — ‘saving lives and securing external borders’;
 ‘Europe’s duty to protect: a strong common asylum policy’; and
 a new policy on legal migration.
On 7 June 2016 the Commission launched the Partnership Framework with third countries
under the EAM3
, aimed at developing cooperation with key countries of origin and transit in
addressing the root causes of irregular migration and in the management of migration and
refugee flows. This Framework is to be implemented through all the suitable tools of
cooperation, notably “Compacts”, Regional Development and Protection Programmes and
others.
The 2017 annual work programme for Union action (AWP) in the framework of the Asylum,
Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) includes:
 actions to support the implementation of the existing Regional Development and
Protection Programmes;
 actions in third countries contributing to reduce irregular migration (helping thirdcountries
to meet their obligations as regards readmitting their own nationals residing
irregularly in the EU, support for reintegration measures, providing information and
awareness-raising on the risks of irregular migration, tackling migrant smuggling,
support for the deployment of European migration liaison officers); and
 action relating to the new policy on legal migration (integration of third-country
nationals).
These actions will also contribute to implementing the priorities identified in the EAM as well
as follow up communications and action plans, notably: the Communication on the reform of
the Common European Asylum System and enhancing legal avenues to Europe of 6 April

1 Regulation (EU) No 516/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 establishing
the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund, amending Council Decision 2008/381/EC and repealing
Decisions No 573/2007/EC and No 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council and Council
Decision 2007/435/EC (OJ L 150, 20.5.2014, p. 168).
2 A European Agenda on Migration, Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the
Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions (COM(2015) 240
final).
3
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council and
the European Investment Bank on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the
European Agenda on Migration (COM(2016) 385 final).
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20164
, the Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals of 7 June 20165
and the
EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling of 27 May 20156
.
Overview of 2017 implementation
Budget lines Total (EUR)
18 03 01 01 — Strengthening and developing the Common European
Asylum System and enhancing solidarity and responsibility-sharing between
Member States
17 485 000
18 03 01 02 — Supporting legal migration to the Union, promoting the
effective integration of third-country nationals and enhancing fair and
effective return strategies
79 583 301
Implementation arrangements Total (EUR) % of 2017 AWP
appropriations
Grants (direct management) 53 080 000 54.7
Procurement (direct management) 6 593 301 6.8
Indirect management 31 300 000 32.2
Other actions 6 095 000 6.3
TOTAL 97 068 301 100.0
Entities established in Member States participating in the AMIF (i.e. all except Denmark) can
be beneficiaries of AMIF-supported actions. Entities established in Denmark can participate
on a no-cost basis only.
All AWP activities must respect and be implemented in line with the rights and principles
enshrined in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. All actions
concerning children must respect and be implemented in line with the UN Convention on the
rights of the child. Any beneficiaries working directly with children should have a welldefined
child safeguarding/child protection policy. The increase in the number of migrant
children (unaccompanied/separated or within families) should be reflected in the design and
implementation of actions set out below.
Consistency, complementarity and synergies with other Union instruments will be ensured. In
accordance with Article 3(4) and Article 3(5) of Regulation (EU) No 514/20147
, actions in

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Towards a reform of the Common European Asylum System and enhancing legal avenues to Europe,
Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2016) 197 final).
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Action Plan on the integration of third country nationals. Communication from the Commission to the
European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the
Regions (COM(2016) 377 final).
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EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2015-2020). Communication from the Commission to the
European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the
Regions (COM(2015) 285 final).
7 Regulation (EU) No 514/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 April 2014 laying down
general provisions on the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund and on the instrument for financial
support for police cooperation, preventing and combating crime, and crisis management (OJ L 150,
20.5.2014, p. 112).
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relation with third countries will be carried out in synergy and coherence with other actions
outside the Union supported from Union funds, in particular external assistance instruments.
Such actions are identified and implemented in full coordination with the European External
Action Service (EEAS) and relevant Commission external relations services, including the
Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) as far as
humanitarian assistance is concerned. They will be fully consistent with and, where relevant,
complement the Union’s humanitarian policy, and respect the principles set out in the
European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid8
.
1. BUDGET LINE 18 03 01 01: STRENGTHENING AND DEVELOPING THE COMMON
EUROPEAN ASYLUM SYSTEM AND ENHANCING SOLIDARITY AND
RESPONSIBILITY-SHARING BETWEEN THE MEMBER STATES
1.1. Introduction
As regards the objectives of strengthening and developing all aspects of the Common
European Asylum System and enhancing solidarity and responsibility-sharing between
the Member States (covered by budget line 18 03 01 01), the AWP contains the following
actions and budget breakdown for 2017:
Grants (implemented under direct management) (1.2): EUR 15 200 000
Procurement (implemented under direct management) (1.3): EUR 1 490 000
Other actions (1.4): EUR 795 000
TOTAL: EUR 17 485 000
1.2. Grants
1.2.1. Direct award of action grant for a consortium led by the Italian Ministry of the
Interior to support long-term capacity-building and access to international
protection and durable solutions for persons in third countries in the framework
of a Regional Development and Protection Programme (RDPP) in North Africa
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014

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The European Consensus on Humanitarian Aid, Joint Statement by the Council and the Representatives of the
Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council, the European Parliament and the European
Commission 2008/C 25/01 (OJ C 25, 30.1.2008, p. 1).
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Budget line
18 03 01 01
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
As set out in the 2005 Communication on Regional Protection Programmes (RPPs)9
, EU
RPPs should support action to enhance third countries’ capacity to provide that asylumseekers
and refugees receive effective protection, assistance and durable solutions
(respectively repatriation, local integration and/or resettlement). In line with a recently
adopted more comprehensive approach, which also includes a development dimension, such
programmes have been renamed ‘Regional Development and Protection Programmes’
(RDPPs).
The May 2012 Council Conclusions on the Global Approach to Mobility and Migration
(GAMM) also stressed the importance of helping third countries to become robust providers
of effective protection in accordance with international law, and the contribution of RDPPs
to offsetting negative impacts and supporting positive impacts in local communities.
Improved safety, and the availability of and access to means for self-reliance can avert
secondary movements and are an important precursor to a durable solution.
The June 2014 European Council Conclusions, the October 2014 Justice and Home Affairs
Council Conclusions and the April 2015 European Council Conclusions called for the setting
up of an enlarged RDPP for North Africa. The EAM translated these political guidelines into
a key ‘immediate action’. RDPP assistance to third countries builds on the recognised need
for a comprehensive approach to better manage migration and address gaps in migrant
protection and asylum, including efforts to increase resettlement as a durable solution, with
the support inter alia of the UNHCR. The RDPPs also take into account the approach put
forward in the Communication Lives in dignity: from aid-dependency to self-reliance10 to
change the way forcibly displaced persons are helped to become more self-reliant in the
communities where they reside, while protecting those most vulnerable. The North Africa
RDPP was supported under the 2015 and 2016 AMIF AWP for Union Actions.
Through this AWP, additional support will be provided for developing the RDPP in
Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Niger and, where possible, Algeria, with some activities
potentially being rolled out in other countries (e.g. Mauritania) depending on changing
migratory flows in Africa.
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/201211 (the Rules of
Application)

9 Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament on Regional Protection
Programmes (COM(2005)388 final).
10 Lives in Dignity: from Aid-dependence to Self-reliance, Communication from the Commission to the European
Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions
(COM(2016) 234 final).
11 Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) No 1268/2012 of 29 October 2012 on the rules of application of
Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the financial rules
applicable to the general budget of the Union (OJ L 362, 31.12.2012, p. 1).
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Funding will target activities that are not directly focused on development, are
complementary to activities already financed from the humanitarian aid budget line, and
have a direct impact in the EU, including resettlement activities:
 establishing, developing and improving an effective refugee status determination (RSD)
procedure (including registration), with a legal/policy and institutional framework to help
host countries better manage migration and refugee situations;
 establishing, expanding and improving reception arrangements in host countries;
 training in protection issues for those dealing with refugees and migrants;
 whenever not already supported by the online media portal providing news and
information services for migrants and refugees in third-countries, to be supported by this
AWP, and in strict coordination with other existing similar initiatives, information
campaigns on access to international protection, the risks relating to irregular migration
and possible alternatives;
 encouraging and supporting resettlement commitments by Member States and other
resettlement countries;
 whenever not already covered by the Readmission Capacity-Building Facility in targeted
countries (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt), and in strict coordination with the latter
and other existing instruments to support assisted voluntary return and reintegration,
voluntary return and support for returnees from countries of transit to countries of origin
in full respect of the principle of non-refoulement;
 support for the integration of migrants and refugees in the host countries of the North
Africa region;
 assistance to migrants, asylum seekers and refugees stranded along the migratory route or
as they disembark after being rescued at sea; and
 whenever relevant and not already supported by the European Neighbourhood Instrument
(ENI) funded development pillar of the RDPP, providing and supporting livelihood,
employment and education opportunities, and access to services, including healthcare and
diseases prevention services, for migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and host
communities.
Where possible, complementary funding may be provided to support other actions relevant
to the RDPP, in particular from EU external cooperation instruments supporting
development-oriented actions. With regard to the development pillar of the RDPP, the ENI
already financed in 2015 a first project, the Community Resilience Initiative to support the
Regional Development and Protection Programme in North Africa, implemented by the
International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Additional funding to reinforce this
component has been allocated by the North of Africa window of the European Union
Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing the root causes of irregular migration and
displaced persons in Africa (EU Trust Fund for Africa).
Governance and control structure
A steering committee has been set up for the RDPP, chaired by the Italian Ministry of the
Interior and comprising representatives of the Commission, EEAS, the European Asylum
Support Office (EASO) and Member States and Dublin-associated states participating in the
consortium (Italy, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
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Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom (UK)).
The Italian Ministry of the Interior provides the secretariat of the steering committee and
technical support/assistance where necessary.
A sub-group has been set up to steer the AMIF-funded action under the RDPP. The United
Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and IOM participate where relevant.
The sub-group provides overall strategic guidance for implementation, adopts and (where
necessary) revises the action priorities and examines and approves each sub-action to be
funded by the AMIF under the RDPP, and budget changes.
The committee and the sub-group monitor progress, inter alia on the basis of interim
progress reports. They meet periodically, as laid down in the committee’s terms of reference.
Due attention will be paid to the need for coherence and coordination with other initiatives
supporting the RDPP/GAMM. In particular, strict coordination and cooperation at all stages
will be sought with the development pillar’s initiatives of the RDPP, to be financed by the
ENI and the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
This action grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an
invitation to the RDPP North Africa consortium of Member States’ authorities to submit a
proposal, in accordance with Article 128 of Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/201212 (the
Financial Regulation) and Article 190(1)(f) of the Rules of Application. The Italian Ministry
of the Interior will act as leader and coordinator of the consortium. The authorities of
Norway can participate in this action on a no-cost basis only. Non-governmental
organisations established in the Member States participating in AMIF and international
organisations may be associated with the consortium and participate in the implementation
as co-beneficiaries.
The direct award of the grant is justified by the specific characteristics of the action,
requiring technical competence and a high degree of specialisation that only the consortium
of public authorities and the associated organisations possesses.
Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have stable and sufficient sources
of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried
out and to participate in its funding; and
 operational capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have the professional resources,
competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.

12 Regulation (EU, Euratom) No 966/2012 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012
on the financial rules applicable to the general budget of the Union and repealing Council Regulation (EC,
Euratom) No 1605/2002 (OJ L 298, 26.10.2012, p. 1).
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These are not verified in respect of public bodies and international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-RDPP-NA Q2 2017 EUR 7 500 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
1.2.2. Direct award of action grant for a consortium led by the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign Affairs to support long-term capacity-building and access to
international protection and durable solutions for persons in third countries in
the framework of an RDPP in the Horn of Africa
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 01
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
As set out in the 2005 RPP Communication, EU RPPs should support action to enhance third
countries’ capacity to provide asylum seekers and refugees with effective protection,
assistance and durable solutions (repatriation, local integration and/or resettlement). In line
with a recently adopted, more comprehensive approach, which also includes a development
dimension, such programmes have been renamed RDPPs.
The May 2012 Council Conclusions on the GAMM also stressed the importance of helping
third countries to become robust providers of effective protection in accordance with
international law, and the contribution of RDPPs to offsetting negative impacts and
supporting positive impacts in local communities. Improved safety, and the availability of
and access to means for self-reliance can avert secondary movements and are an important
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precursor to a durable solution.
The June 2014 European Council Conclusions, the October 2014 Justice and Home Affairs
Council Conclusions and the April 2015 European Council Conclusions called for the setting
up of an enlarged RDPP in the Horn of Africa. The EAM translated these political guidelines
into a key ‘immediate action’. RDPP assistance to third countries builds on the recognised
need for a comprehensive approach to better manage migration and address gaps in migrant
protection and asylum, including efforts to increase resettlement as a durable solution, with
the support inter alia of the UNHCR. The RDPPs also take into account the approach put
forward in the Communication Lives in dignity: from aid-dependency to self-reliance to
change the way forcibly displaced persons are helped to become more self-reliant in the
communities where they reside, while protecting those most vulnerable. The Horn of Africa
RDPP was supported under the 2015 and 2016 AMIF AWP for Union Actions.
Through this AWP, additional support will be provided for developing the RDPP (with a
focus on Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan and, if possible, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea and
Uganda).
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of the Rules of Application
Funding will target activities that are not directly focused on development, are
complementary to activities already financed from the humanitarian aid budget line, and
have a direct impact in the EU, including resettlement activities:
 establishing, developing and improving an effective RSD procedure (including
registration), with a legal/policy and institutional framework to help host countries better
manage migration and refugee situations;
 establishing, expanding and improving reception arrangements in host countries;
 training in protection issues for those dealing with refugees and migrants;
 information campaigns on access to international protection, the risks relating to irregular
migration and possible alternatives;
 encouraging and supporting resettlement commitments by Member States and other
resettlement countries;
 voluntary return and support for returnees from countries of transit to countries of origin
in full respect of the principle of non-refoulement;
 support for the integration of migrants and refugees in the host countries of the Horn of
Africa region;
 assistance to migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees stranded along the migratory route;
and
 providing and supporting livelihood, employment and education opportunities, skills
training and access to services, including healthcare and diseases prevention services, for
migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and host communities.
Where possible, complementary funding may be provided to support other actions relevant
to the RDPP, in particular from EU external cooperation instruments supporting
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development-oriented actions.
Governance and control structure
A steering committee has been set up for the RDPP, chaired by the Dutch Ministry of
Foreign Affairs and comprising representatives of the Commission, EEAS, Member States
and Dublin-associated states participating in the consortium (the Netherlands, the Czech
Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Norway,
Switzerland and the UK), and the UNHCR and the IOM where relevant. The Dutch Ministry
of Foreign Affairs provides the secretariat of the committee and technical support/assistance
where necessary.
A steering group has been set up to steer the AMIF-funded action under the RDPP. It
provides strategic guidance for implementation, adopts and (where necessary) revises action
priorities and examines and approves sub-actions to be funded and budget changes. It also
monitors progress.
The steering committee and the steering group meet periodically, as laid down in the
committee’s terms of reference. Due attention will be paid to the need for coherence and
coordination with other initiatives supporting the RDPP/GAMM. In particular, strict
coordination and cooperation at all stages will be sought with the RDPP initiatives to be
financed under the EU Trust Fund for Africa or other development co-operation funding.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
This grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an invitation to
the RDPP Horn of Africa consortium of Member States’ authorities to submit a proposal, in
accordance with Article 128 of the Financial Regulation and Article 190(1)(f) of the Rules
of Application. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs will act as leader and coordinator of
the consortium. The authorities of Denmark, Norway and Switzerland can participate in this
action on a no-cost basis only. Non-governmental organisations established in the Member
States participating in AMIF and international organisations may be associated with the
consortium and participate in the implementation as co-beneficiaries.
The direct award of the grant is justified by the specific characteristics of the action,
requiring technical competence and a high degree of specialisation that only the consortium
of public authorities and associated organisations possesses.
Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have stable and sufficient sources
of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried
out and to participate in its funding; and
 operational capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have the professional resources,
competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.
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These are not verified in respect of public bodies and international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-RDPP-HA Q2 2017 EUR 7 500 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
1.2.3. Direct award of action grant for the European Council on Refugees and Exiles
(ECRE) for gathering and analysis of information related to the national asylum
systems
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(e) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 01
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
The collection and analysis of information related to the national asylum systems is of key
importance for the implementation of the Common European Asylum System. The main
objective is to ensure that the policymakers have a better understanding of the functionning
of a number of national asylum systems via a systematic and consistent approach.
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of the Rules of Application
The collection and analysis of information related to the national asylum systems in place in
different Member States covering all the relevant aspects: overview of the legal framework,
asylum and Dublin procedure, reception conditions, detention during asylum procedures.
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Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
This grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an invitation to
ECRE to submit a proposal, in accordance with Article 128 of the Financial Regulation and
Article 190(1)(f) of the Rules of Application.
The direct awarding of the grant is justified by the specific characteristic of the action
requiring the technical competence and a high degree of specialisation in the area of EU
asylum acquis as provided by ECRE, which has developed a very specific expertise on the
different national asylum systems thanks to its wide European network of organisations. This
expertise has been used to produce useful and relevant reports on a number of national
asylum systems following a common methodology, including via the Asylum Information
Database (AIDA) project (http://www.asylumineurope.org/) which has been set up for the
purpose of collecting data on a certain number of national asylum system.
Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — the applicant must have stable and sufficient sources of funding to
maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried out and to
participate in its funding; and
 operational capacity — the applicant must have the professional resources, competencies
and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-ECRE Q3 2017 EUR 200 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
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1.3. Procurement
The indicative overall budgetary allocation reserved for procurement contracts in 2017 is
EUR 1 490 000. In addition to the specific items below, the following may also be funded
within the indicative envelope:
 activities to improve information and communication on European issues in the
migration and integration policy areas covered by the Fund;
 conferences and seminars; and
 studies, evaluations and impact assessments where needed to prepare or accompany
new legislation or respond to policy changes in the area of migration and integration.
Legal basis
Article 20 of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 01
Subject matter of the envisaged contracts
1. Evaluation study / review of the implementation of Regulation establishing a Union
Resettlement Framework and amending Regulation (EU) No 516/201413;
2. Study on the practical implementation of the Asylum Procedures Directive14;
3. Study on the practical implementation of the Reception Conditions Directive15;
4. Study on the feasibility and added value of private sponsorship schemes as a possible
pathway to safe channels for admission to the EU, including resettlement;
5. Information and communication activities;
6. Expert meetings, technical workshops and studies in the field of EU asylum policy.
Type of contract
It is envisaged that the actions will be implemented via specific contracts concluded under
existing framework contracts.

13 Regulation to be adopted following the Commission’s Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament
and of the Council establishing a Union Resettlement Framework and amending Regulation (EU) No
516/2014 of the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2016) 468).
14 Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 on common procedures
for granting and withdrawing international protection (recast) (OJ L 180, 29.6.2013, p. 60).
15 Directive 2013/33/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 June 2013 laying down standards
for the reception of applicants for international protection (recast) (OJ L 180, 29.6.2013, p. 96).
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Indicative number of contracts envisaged
It is envisaged that approximately 6 specific contracts will be concluded under existing
framework contracts.
Indicative timeframe for launching the procurement procedures
Q2-Q4 2017
Implementation
Actions will be implemented by DG HOME.
1.4. Other actions
1.4.1 Improving the collection and identification of statistics on asylum and migration
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(d) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 01
Amount
EUR 375 000
Description and objective of implementing measure
The objective is to ensure that asylum and migration statistics are identified and extracted for
use in programming and implementing EU policies and that additional statistical data is
collected for the same purpose. Data tables collected specifically on children and when
feasible all other relevant datasets shall always be disaggregated by age/sex and children who
are unaccompanied.
Eurostat will provide assistance to the Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs
(DG HOME) to identify specific European statistics on Asylum and Managed Migration
already disseminated in public database. It will also provide technical and methodological
support on the collection of additional asylum and migration statistics.
Implementation
The action will be implemented via a cross sub-delegation of budget from DG HOME to
Eurostat on the basis of a memorandum of understanding between them in the area of
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statistics.
1.4.2 Corporate communication on the priorities of the Union
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(c) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 01
Amount
EUR 420 000
Description and objective of implementing measure
In 2017, corporate communication will focus mainly on the EU’s contribution to jobs and
growth putting a particular emphasis, inter alia, EU policy responses to challenges straddling
internal and external actions, e.g. counterterrorism and migration.
The communication activities will include integrated communication campaigns, production
of content, buying of advertising space, studies and evaluations, organisation of events, and
provision of other corporate technical services (cf. C(2016)6838).
The actions will be implemented by the Directorate-General for Communication (DG
COMM) both by the representations and headquarters through approximately three direct and
specific contracts implementing mainly DG COMM framework contracts (e.g. FWC
PO/2015-16/A2).
The procurement is indicatively foreseen to be launched in the first and second semester of
2017 (according to needs).
Implementation
The action will be implemented via a co-delegation of budget from DG HOME to DG
COMM.
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2. BUDGET LINE 18 03 01 02: SUPPORTING LEGAL MIGRATION TO THE UNION,
PROMOTING THE EFFECTIVE INTEGRATION OF THIRD-COUNTRY NATIONALS AND
ENHANCING FAIR AND EFFECTIVE RETURN STRATEGIES
2.1. Introduction
As regards the objectives of supporting legal migration to the Member States to promote
the effective integration of third-country nationals and enhancing fair and effective
return strategies (covered by budget line 18 03 01 02), the AWP contains the following
actions and budget breakdown for 2017:
Grants (implemented under direct management) (2.2): EUR 37 880 000
Procurement (implemented under direct management) (2.3) EUR 5 103 301
Actions implemented under indirect management (2.4): EUR 31 300 000
Other actions (2.5): EUR 5 300 000
TOTAL: EUR 79 583 301
2.2. Grants
2.2.1. Call for proposals to support transnational actions to integrate third-country
nationals in the EU Member States
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(a) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
A successful integration of third-country nationals in EU societies is key to the success of
EU migration policies as mentioned in the European Agenda on Migration adopted by the
Commission on 27 May 2015.
On 6 April 2016 the Commission adopted a Communication on the reform of the Common
European Asylum System and Enhancing legal migration routes16
. This Communication
stressed inter alia the importance of the integration of third-country nationals given the recent
challenges posed by the refugee crisis as well as the existing and future challenges related to
migration.
As announced in the 6 April 2016 Communication and taking into consideration both the
socio-economic outcomes of third-country nationals in the EU – which are disadvantaged
compared to host-country nationals – and the arrival in 2015 of 1.3 million asylum seekers in
the EU, the Commission adopted on 7 June 2016 an Action Plan on the integration of third

16 COM(2016)197 final.
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country nationals.
In the context of the reform of the Common European Asylum System, the Commission on
13 July 2016 proposed a Regulation establishing a Union Resettlement Framework17 to
establish a common European policy on resettlement and ensure legal and safe pathways to
Europe for persons in need of international protection. This builds upon ongoing resettlement
initiatives, i.e. the 20 July 2015 Council scheme under which 22,504 resettlements are
envisaged.
In this context, it is crucial to support efforts of Member States to integrate third-country
nationals and promote exchanges of experiences and practices in this field through funding
of transnational actions. Funding available under AMIF should focus on certain specific
areas, taking into account the objectives of other EU Funds contributing to integration and
thereby ensuring complementarity.
Therefore the objectives identified under the 2017 AMIF Work programme call will
concentrate on communication/awareness-raising activities, fostering exchanges at local
level and paying particular attention to resettled refugees’ integration.
Priority 1: Raising awareness on migrants’ contribution to EU societies
This priority was not included in the previous calls on integration. In the current context
characterised by widespread negative perceptions on migration across EU Member States,
the integration of third-country nationals can be facilitated by communication activities
promoting a positive narrative on migration and presenting the contribution that thirdcountry
nationals can make to societies in different areas. Such communication will be all the
more effective if it comes from local and regional authorities as well as from NGOs.
Priority 2: Community building at local level for integration including through
volunteering activities
This priority was not included in previous calls. Integration happens first and foremost at
local level and will only succeed if exchanges between third-country nationals and hostcountry
nationals are fostered and encouraged from the very early stages at local level
through different activities such as cultural, sport or other activities. Volunteering can be a
particularly effective way to foster the interaction between EU citizens and third country
nationals at the local level. Therefore, projects submitted under this priority might include a
volunteering component. Synergies with the “European Solidarity Corps”18 can be created in
this regard. The objective is to support local communities making efforts to promote these
exchanges and replicate this experience in other communities.
Priority 3: Pre-departure and post-arrival support for the integration of persons in need of
international protection in particular when having been resettled from a third country
including through volunteering activities
This priority was already included in a previous call under 2016 Work Programme but must
be maintained in view of the ongoing implementation of the 2015 scheme and the 2016
Commission proposal to establish an EU resettlement Framework. Effective integration

17 COM(2016)468 final.
18 COM(2016) 942 final
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measures, both through pre-departure activities and through actions to prepare the host
communities to their arrival, will be crucial to ensure the success of resettlement policy and
the inclusion of resettled refugees in EU societies. Projects submitted under this priority
might include the participation of volunteers for what concern the actions to prepare the host
communities to the arrival of refugees. Synergies with the “European Solidarity Corps” can
be created in this regard.
Priority 4: Support to the Commission initiative to mobilize employers for the integration
of recently arrived migrants in the labour market
In the first part of 2017, the Commission will launch an initiative aiming at mobilizing
employers and business representatives for the integration of recently arrived migrants in the
labour market. This initiative will highlight the positive actions taken by some employers to
foster the integration and will encourage businesses to do more in that respect. In this
context, it is envisaged to support this initiative with funding to projects which would
promote this initiative through transnational projects.
A close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and
Inclusion will take place during the preparation of the call of proposals with regard to this
priority.
Priority 5: Integration of victims of trafficking in human beings
According to the 2016 Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human
beings19, there is strong evidence that the migration crisis has been exploited by criminal
networks involved in trafficking in human beings to target the most vulnerable, in particular
women and children. In particular, a worryingly sharp increase in arrivals of Nigerian women
and girls leaving Libya has been identified (4 371 in January-September 2015 compared to 1
008 in the previous year, 80% of whom estimated by IOM Italy to be victims of trafficking),
and there are general concerns of an increasing risk of trafficking for sexual exploitation.
In this context, there is a clear need to support the integration of victims of trafficking who
are third-country nationals and who are residing legally in a Member State or, where
appropriate, who are in the process of acquiring legal residence in a Member State, including
beneficiaries of international protection.
This call for proposals aims to address this need and its priority is therefore to support the
integration of victims of trafficking (third-country nationals) in the EU Member States.
The provision of assistance and support for the victims of trafficking in human beings under
this call could assist the Member States to meet their obligations under Articles 11-14 of
Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on preventing and
combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims20
.

19 Report on the progress made in the fight against trafficking in human beings (2016) as required under Article
20 of Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its
victims. Report from the Commission to the European Parliament and the Council (COM(2016) 267 final).
20 Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and
combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision
2002/629/JHA (OJ L 101, 15.4.2011, p. 1).
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For all five priorities, the following dimensions should be considered by applicants:
Gender mainstreaming
Projects should seek to promote gender equality. Where relevant, applicants should ensure
that gender equality issues are taken into account by paying attention to the situation and
particular needs of women and men
Rights of the child mainstreaming
Projects should seek to promote the respect of the rights of the child. Where relevant,
applicants should ensure that rights of the child issues are taken into account by paying
attention to the situation and particular needs of children.
Equal employment opportunities
The Commission encourages applicants to promote equal employment opportunities for all
their staff and team, and to employ an appropriately diverse mix of people.
Applicants should take these three dimensions into account when planning their project and
preparing their application, and demonstrate in their proposal how they will achieve them.
Beneficiaries will be required to detail in their final activity report the steps taken to meet
these objectives and the extent to which they have been achieved.
In a context of increased synergies and complementarities between EU funding for
integration of third-country nationals, this call will focus on areas where other EU Funds
(ESIF, ERASMUS+ and H2020 in particular) do not intervene. The choice of the priorities of
the call included in this work programme reflects this objective.
Activities to be funded under the call for proposals
Priority 1: Raising awareness on migrants’ contribution to EU societies
Support awareness raising projects through financing projects aiming at highlighting the
contribution of migrants to our societies, communicating real facts about migration, as well as
combating stereotypes. Possible activities can be projects in schools, creation of audio-visual
campaigns, use of social media, training for media professionals, innovative actions directed
to the public at large, public communication campaigns by local or regional authorities.
Priority 2: Community building at local level for integration including through
volunteering activities
Support projects fostering community building for the integration of third country nationals at
local level. These projects should promote exchanges between third-country and host-country
nationals at local level, as well as build partnerships and cooperation among all the actors
involved in promoting integration at community level. For example, they could consist of the
following activities (non-exhaustive list):
– Cultural exchanges, in particular to promote culture and values of the receiving
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society, European values and the culture of the country of origin, including in the
context of the 2018 European Year for Cultural Heritage
– Volunteering based activities in support of integration activities, involving EU
citizens and third-country nationals
– Sport, cultural and other educational activities, including in the context of the 2018
European Year for Cultural Heritage
– Activities aiming at empowering migrants to participate in general community life.
Priority 3: Pre-departure and post-arrival support for the integration of persons in need of
international protection in particular when having been resettled from a third country
including through volunteering activities
Funding will be available for the following activities to integrate persons in need of
international protection who have been resettled from outside the EU:
– For people resettled from outside the EU – clearly linked pre-departure and postarrival
activities;
– Activities and information campaigns to prepare host communities for the arrival of
resettled people.
Integrated multi-stakeholder partnerships should be sought, ideally between national, regional
and local authorities (municipalities) and civil society organisations. Projects could focus on
exchanges and mutual learning between stakeholders in Member States with varying degrees
of experience of resettlement.
Priority 4: Support to the Commission initiative to mobilize employers for the integration of
recently arrived migrants in the labour market
Projects funded under this priority should both improve information on positive experiences
by employers and on modalities and different way to integrate recently arrived migrants in the
labour market.
Priority 5: Integration of victims of trafficking in human beings
The activities should address the specific challenges and the specific needs in terms of
integration of victims of trafficking. In particular, activities funded under this call should
concern:
 support during procedures before national authorities;
 legal and medical assistance (including psychological support);
 psychosocial support;
 accommodation;
 education, vocational training and apprenticeship programmes;
 job placement services;
 income generating activities; and
 specialized family or dependant support.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
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Eligibility criteria
a) Applicants and co-applicants must be:
 legal persons;
 established in a Member State participating in AMIF (this does not apply to
international organisations);
 public bodies (including local authorities, public employment services, youth services
and education institutions) or entities working on a non-profit basis;
b) Applications related to priorities 1, 2, 3 and 4 may be submitted by international
organisations which may be also co-applicants in these cases. International organisations
cannot submit applications related to priority 5 or be co-applicants for these applications;
c) Union agencies cannot submit applications or be co-applicants;
d) For-profit organisations established in a Member State participating in AMIF can
participate as co-applicants in applications related to priorities 1, 2 and 4, but cannot act as
lead applicants / coordinators. Their participation must be strictly on a non-profit basis.
For-profit organisations cannot submit applications related to priorities 3 and 5 or be coapplicants
for these applications;
e) Applications related to priorities 1, 2, 3 and 4 must involve a partnership of at least three
distinct organisations from at least two different Member States participating in the AMIF.
Applications related to priority 5 must involve a partnership of at least two distinct
organisations from at least two different Member States participating in the AMIF; and
f) For applications related to priorities 1, 2, 3 and 4, the grant amount requested must be
between EUR 450 000 and EUR 1 000 000. For applications related to priority 5, the grant
amount requested must be between EUR 200 000 and EUR 500 000.
Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have stable and sufficient sources
of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried out
and to participate in its funding; and
 operational capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have the professional resources,
competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.
These are not verified in respect of public bodies and international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Implementation
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The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-INTE Q2 2017 EUR 25 000 000
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
2.2.2. Call for proposals to support awareness raising and information campaigns on
the risks of irregular migration in selected third-countries
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(g) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
The EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling states that raising awareness of the risks of
smuggling and of irregular migration is crucial for preventing prospective migrants and
asylum seekers, including people in more vulnerable situations such as children, from
embarking on hazardous journeys towards the EU. The Action plan foresees the launch of
information and awareness raising campaigns in key countries of origin or transit for
migrants.
The objective of the information and awareness raising campaigns is to sensitise the target
audience and to provide prospective migrants, vulnerable communities, diaspora members
and local media with objective information about the perils and difficulties of voyages and
about the legal, social and economic realities of life in Europe. Ultimately, these campaigns
seek to enable asylum seekers and migrants to make informed decisions about their
movements and plans for the future.
In particular, the country specific information campaign shall contribute to:
– dissuading migrants from leaving their country of origin and migrate irregularly to the
EU, while encouraging them instead to opt for legal migration routes;
– reframing the discourse in order to counter the narrative of people smugglers and
traffickers, by informing about the risks of irregularly entering the EU, highlighting
the dangers of the journey and showing the reality of living conditions in the EU;
– directing prospective migrants to official sources of information, e.g. websites,
providing accurate and updated information on EU asylum, migration and voluntary
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return policy as well as development cooperation projects in the countries of the
region.
Activities to be funded under the call for proposals
In order to ensure adequate design and implementation of the information and awareness
raising campaigns, the following activities will be supported:
 Ex-ante assessment of the communication patterns among the target audience in order
to identify the most appropriate channels, media and communication tools to be used
in the planned campaign (e.g. traditional media vs social media and online content
more widely; role of local communities; role of diaspora in the EU; support of national
celebrities);
 Design of a communication and information strategy, development of communication
products and their specific content (messages) and testing;
 Setting up indicators allowing to monitor progress in implementing the action;
 Information and awareness raising activities;
 Evaluation of the results and impact of the action.
The new information and awareness projects will build on the experience of information and
awareness raising campaigns on migration previously implemented by the EU, Member States
and international organisations in third countries. These projects will seek synergies with
communication activities being implemented under the RDPP projects and other projects
financed by the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
Grants will be awarded to support migration information and awareness raising campaigns in
two to three priority countries identified on the basis of EU mapping of past, on-going and
planned migration information and awareness raising campaigns, as well as on the basis of
actual needs related to the trends in migration flows.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
a) Applicants and co-applicants must be:
 legal persons;
 established in a Member State participating in AMIF (this does not apply to
international organisations);
 entities working on a non-profit basis or international organisations. (Union agencies
cannot submit applications or be co-applicants);
b) The grant amount requested must be between EUR 500 000 and EUR 1 000 000.
Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have stable and sufficient sources
of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried out
and to participate in its funding; and
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 operational capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have the professional resources,
competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.
These are not verified in respect of public bodies and international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-INFO Q2 2017 EUR 4 500 000
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
2.2.3. Direct award of an action grant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
to support capacity building for the collection of data on migrant smuggling in
third-countries
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(d) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
The EAM identifies the fight against the migrant smuggling and trafficking in human beings
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as one of the key elements of the migration management.
The EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2015-2020)21 states that the gathering and
sharing information on modus operandi, routes, economic models of migrant smuggling
networks, on links with trafficking in human beings and other crimes, and on financial
transfers, is crucial for targeting the fight against migrant smuggling effectively. At present,
knowledge and information about migrant smuggling are sporadic, because of the
underground and rapidly changing nature of this phenomenon. The networks’ modus
operandi depends largely on the region and the circumstances of the migrant who is paying.
Obtaining region-specific information is crucial to underpin any legislative, policy or
operational counter-measures.
However, the capacity of many third countries to collect data on migrant smuggling is
limited.
The objective of this action is to build the capacity of selected third countries for the data
collection on migrant smuggling.
The action will be carried out in the framework of Phase 2 of the “Global Report on
Smuggling of Migrants” project implemented by the United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crime (UNODC).
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of the Rules of Application
The action will support the capacity building of selected third countries for the data
collection on migrant smuggling via technical assistance, including workshops and
secondment of experts.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
The action grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an
invitation to the UNODC to submit a proposal, in accordance with Article 128 of the
Financial Regulation and Article 190(1)(f) of the Rules of Application.
The direct award of this grant is justified by the specific characteristics of the action,
requiring technical competence and a high degree of specialisation that only the UNODC
possesses.
Selection criteria
Financial and operational capacity are not verified in respect of public bodies and
international organisations.

21 EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (2015-2020). Communication from the Commission to the
European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the
Regions of 27 May 2015 (COM(2015) 285 final).
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Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-UNDC Q2 2017 EUR 80 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
2.2.4. Direct award of an action grant to UNHCR for the continuation of the ‘Telling
the real story’ campaign and expanding the concept to Pashtu and Arab speaking
asylum seekers and migrant communities
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(g) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
Every year an increasing number of asylum seekers and migrants embark on a dangerous
journey towards Europe. The movement is facilitated by far-reaching networks of smugglers
and human traffickers who see opportunity for exploiting vulnerable people by promising
easy access to asylum and a comfortable social and economic future in Europe.
Preparatory research of communication patterns among asylum seekers and migrants carried
out by UNCHR in the framework of the on-going EU funded “Telling the real story”
campaign, as well as among Pashtu and Arab speaking communities, had shown that the
target audience had a vague notion of dangers of the journey and used two heavily biased
sources of information on which they based their decision to leave for Europe. Firstly, the
propaganda of smugglers. Secondly, the untruthful feedback of relatives in Europe who are
under enormous social pressure to succeed that they paint an unrealistically positive picture
of life in Europe. Once the unrealistically high expectations are shattered upon arrival, many
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of them regret having come in the first place.
In an effort to respond to this burning situation, the EU has already financed two pilot
campaigns in Niger implemented by IOM and in Ethiopia and Sudan carried out by UNHCR.
The latter has proved particularly successful in engaging asylum seekers, prospective and
returning migrants as well as communities.
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of the Rules of Application
The activities supported by this project will build on the experience of the AMIF funded
information campaign ‘Telling the real story’ in Ethiopia and Sudan carried out by the
UNHCR in years 2015-2016. The ‘Telling of real story’ project provided for an innovative
design to re-enact traditional oral communication patterns of Somali and Eritrean societies
by 21st century means, i.e. social media. Unlike other communication projects, it didn’t
insert messages and slogans from outside sources, but enabled and boosted intra- community
dialogue. This unique approach will be replicated in the continuation of communication
activities in the Horn of Africa region (Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia) and expanded to the
Syrian, Iraqi and other Arabic as well as Pashtu speaking refugees. When appropriated, it
will be complemented by the use of other trusted sources of information, such as radio or
TV in the regions covered by the project. A direct participation and engagement of the
targeted audience will be central for the success of the project and ensured by specifically
designed outreach activities.
This project seeks synergies with similar activities being implemented as a part of the
country specific communication projects foreseen under this AWP, on-going RDDP projects
and projects funded under the EU Trust Fund for Africa as well as other EU funded
information activities in other regions.
An action grant will be awarded to support information campaigns in three priority regions,
including in the Horn of Africa (by continuing the ‘Telling the real story’ campaign) as well
as in the countries of origin and main countries of transit of Afghans and Arabic speaking
migrants and asylum seekers.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
The action grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an
invitation to the UNHCR to submit proposals, in accordance with Article 128 of the
Financial Regulation and Article 190(1)(f) of the Rules of Application.
The direct award of this grant is justified by the specific characteristics of the action,
requiring technical competence and a high degree of specialisation that only the UNHCR
possesses.
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Selection criteria
Financial and operational capacity are not verified in respect of public bodies and
international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-UNHC Q2 2017 EUR 3 000 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
2.2.5. Direct award of an action grant to a consortium of leading EU public media led
by France Médias Monde to support the implementation of the EU Migrants’
Information Strategy
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(g) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
In its conclusions of 9 November 2015, the JHA Council called for a common information
strategy addressing asylum seekers, migrants, smugglers and traffickers and aimed at:
 discouraging migrants from embarking on perilous journeys and using the services of
people-smugglers;
 explaining EU rules on the management of external borders and international protection,
including resettlement, relocation and return;
 countering the narratives used by traffickers and smugglers;
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 informing people about criminal prosecutions against traffickers and smugglers; and
 informing people about return operations.
Any information strategy geared to reducing pull factors should clearly explain that:
 migrants must register in their first Member State of arrival;
 under EU law, asylum seekers have no right to choose which Member State will examine
their application; and
 migrants without a need for protection are legally obliged to return; if they do not do so
voluntarily, the obligation to return will be enforced.
In addition, a clear message should be sent that migrants cannot refuse to cooperate with the
relevant national authorities.
In response to the Council conclusions, the Commission set up a task force on a migrants’
information strategy (MIS), bringing together all relevant institutional actors, which has
drawn up a MIS based on three phases: assessment, content-production and dissemination.
On 10 March 2016, the JHA Council asked the Commission to continue to develop and
ensure implementation of the MIS, inter alia through cooperation with EU public media
operating internationally, in particular those already providing news and information services
in the national languages of migrants’ countries of origin and transit, especially in North
Africa and the Middle East.
The objective of this action is to implement the MIS by making reliable, fact-based
information available to (potential) migrants and asylum seekers, and to send clear messages
to discourage smugglers and traffickers, via media outlets already present in migrants’ and
asylum seekers’ countries of origin and transit, with a particular emphasis on online and
social media channels.
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of the Rules of Application
The grant will fund the operation of an online media portal (information hub) providing, on a
single platform, news and information services for migrants and refugees in third-countries
to:
 discourage them from embarking on perilous journeys and engaging with smugglers;
 explain EU rules on the management of external borders and international protection;
 counter the narratives currently being used by migrant smugglers;
 explain that migrants not in need of protection will be swiftly returned; and
 address the increasing number of children in migration (unaccompanied and separated as
well as within families), including in terms of addressing children in a context and ageappropriate
manner, as well as families which send their children on perilous journeys.
A trilingual (French, English and Arabic) news and information platform of the hub has been
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developed under Phase 1 of the project financed as an action under the AMIF 2016 AWP.
This action will constitute the support the operation of this trilingual platform, curating and
making available all relevant information via networks of journalists around the world, other
media organisations, NGOs, institutional sources, etc., producing dedicated, tailor-made
journalistic content and operating a network of ‘migration observers’ who have already made
the trip or are based at transit points. Feedback and experiences will be exchanged through
an interactive service via correspondents, observers and bloggers already active in key third
countries of origin and transit.
In addition, this action will support the introduction of other languages such as Dari/Pashto,
Urdu, Somali, Tigrinya, Amharic and the languages spoken most in western Africa.
The target audiences are mainly people in the Middle East, the Maghreb, sub-Saharan
Africa, the Western Balkans, Afghanistan and Pakistan who currently depend mainly on
erroneous information passed on by migrant smugglers and/or human traffickers.
The service will be free, available worldwide and accessible on basic phones, smartphones,
digital tablets and computers.
Where possible and appropriate, the action will draw on lessons learnt from pilot information
campaigns by the UNHCR in the Horn of Africa and the IOM in Niger under the 2014 AMIF
AWP. The action will be complementary to other information activities on the risks of
irregular migration, including the information campaigns supported under this AWP.
Governance structure
A Steering Committee composed of a representative of each participating media partner
(France Médias Monde, Deutsche Welle, Radio Montecarlo Arabic and Agenzia Nazionale
Stampa Associata) and a Commission representative will be responsible for the governance
of the project. It will meet on a regular basis to identify the priority themes to be covered and
to ensure that the reliable factual information to be provided is in line with the above
description of services.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
The action grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an
invitation to the consortium of leading EU public media led by France Médias Monde to
submit a proposal, in accordance with Article 128 of the Financial Regulation and Article
190(1)(f) of the Rules of Application.
The direct award of this grant is justified by the specific characteristics of the action,
requiring technical competence and a high degree of specialisation that only the
above-mentioned consortium possesses. Specifically, the consortium brings together leading
EU media with a wide international audience, broadcasting in over 30 languages and
attracting over 230 million listeners and viewers each week via TV, radio, internet and
mobile devices. They are reliable and trusted sources of information with a strong presence
in the target countries (in particular in North Africa, the Middle East, the Western Balkans,
Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq). Together, they have almost 40 million Facebook ‘friends’,
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12 million Twitter followers and over 55 million website hits a month. Only this consortium
can guarantee widespread international publicity in such a range of languages and with such
a broad network of correspondents, stringers, observers and bloggers in the target countries.

Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have stable and sufficient sources
of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried
out and to participate in its funding; and
 operational capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have the professional resources,
competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.
Financial and operational capacity are not verified in respect of public bodies and
international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and costeffectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-MINS Q2 2017 EUR 2 600 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
2.2.6. Direct award of action grant to a consortium led by Expertise France to support
the Mobility Partnership with Lebanon
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
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18 03 01 02
Priorities for the year, objectives pursued and expected results
The recent Communication on the new Partnership Framework with third countries
identifies Lebanon among the priority countries. Negotiations on a Mobility Partnership
were launched in 2015 and are now in the final stages. The conclusion of a Mobility
Partnership between the EU and Lebanon would provide a comprehensive framework for
policy dialogue and cooperation on all migration-related aspects.
While all previously concluded Mobility Partnerships (incl. those with Morocco, Tunisia
and Jordan) are/were supported through targeted initiatives funded by the EU external
cooperation instruments, such a targeted project is currently not foreseen for the MP with
Lebanon neither under ENI nor DCI-GPGC. This action will contribute to the successful
implementation of the planned MP and promote EU/joint interests in the migration area in
the relations with Lebanon.
Such an action would represent a high priority to the EU and its Member States and have a
direct impact on the European Agenda for Migration. In line with the objectives foreseen
and actions eligible under the AMIF, in particular the following actions may receive funding
in the framework of the planned MP (based on a thorough needs assessment and a clear
commitment of Lebanese authorities):
(i) support to Lebanon’s policy and legal framework for migration and mobility, including
through circular and temporary migration schemes as well as better information and
protection of migrants, including pre-departure training;
(ii) information of potential migrants in the Lebanese territory on opportunities for legal
migration and on requirements for legal stay in the EU, as well as on the risks of irregular
migration towards the EU;
(iii) capacity-building of Lebanese authorities in legal migration management (including
migration monitoring);
(iv) support to Lebanon’s policy and legal framework as well as capacity-building on
asylum policy and protection (in particular of Syrian refugees) in line with international
standards;
(v) horizontal support to the migration dialogue and the implementation of the MP with
Lebanon.
Activities to be funded from the grant awarded without a call for proposals under
Article 190 of the Rules of Application
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, in particular the following activities
could be financed under such a targeted action to support the planned MP: (i) Capacitybuilding
support, including through the deployment of experts (in particular from EU
Member States); (ii) Development and implementation of trainings and training material;
(iii) Exchange of personnel; (iv) Provision of specific equipment; (v) Information and
awareness raising campaigns; (vi) Organisation of expert meetings and conferences; (vii)
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Studies, evaluations and monitoring activities.
The proposed action will complement relevant EU funding under the external cooperation
instruments (such as ENI, DCI-GPGC), where currently no targeted initiative is foreseen to
support the planned Mobility Partnership with Lebanon. Close coordination in the
preparation and implementation of the action will be ensured with NEAR, EEAS and the
Delegation in Beirut.
Complementarity will also be ensured with the HOME-funded Mobility Partnership Facility,
which may also provide short-term/small-scale support to the planned MP with Lebanon, but
whose resources are far too limited to provide more comprehensive and substantial support
to Lebanon in this area.
The consortium led by Expertise France will be invited to submit a proposal only after the
signature of the EU-Lebanon MP. If the MP is not signed by 31 December 2017, the amount
foreseen for this action will be re-allocated to the Mobility Partnership Facility action (action
2.4.2 under this AWP) via an amendment of the AWP.
Essential eligibility, selection and award criteria
Eligibility criteria
This grant will be awarded directly (without a call for proposals) following an invitation to
the consortium of EU Member States led by Expertise France to submit a proposal, in
accordance with Article 128 of the Financial Regulation and Article 190(1)(f) of the Rules
of Application. The French agency for the international technical cooperation Expertise
France will act as leader and coordinator of the consortium, which will include relevant
public authorities of EU Member States.
The direct award of the grant is justified by the specific characteristics of the action,
requiring technical competence and a high degree of specialisation that only the consortium
of public authorities possesses.
Selection criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 202 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the following selection criteria:
 financial capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have stable and sufficient sources
of funding to maintain their activity throughout the period in which the action is carried
out and to participate in its funding; and
 operational capacity — applicants and co-applicants must have the professional resources,
competencies and qualifications required to complete the proposed action.
These are not verified in respect of public bodies and international organisations.
Award criteria
In accordance with Article 132 of the Financial Regulation and Article 203 of the Rules of
Application, proposals will be evaluated on the basis of relevance; quality; European added
value; expected results, dissemination, sustainability and long-term impact; and cost-
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effectiveness.
Indicative timetable and amount
Reference Date Amount
AMIF-2017-AG-IBA-MPLE Q3 2017 EUR 2 700 000
Implementation
The action will be implemented directly by DG HOME
Maximum rate of co-financing of eligible costs
90 %
2.3. Procurement
The indicative overall budgetary allocation reserved for procurement contracts under budget
line 18 03 01 02 in 2017 is EUR 5 103 301. In addition to the specific items below, the
following may also be funded within the indicative envelope:
 activities to improve information and communication on European issues in the
migration and integration policy areas covered by the Fund;
 conferences and seminars; and
 studies, evaluations and impact assessments where needed to prepare or accompany
new legislation or respond to policy changes in the area of migration and integration.
Legal basis
Article 20 of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Subject matter of the envisaged contracts
1. Conformity study on the transposition of Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European
Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country
nationals for the purpose of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange
schemes or educational projects and au pairing22;

22 Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of
entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purpose of research, studies, training, voluntary service,
pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing (recast) (OJ L 132, 21.5.2016, p. 21).
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2. Impact assessment study on the attraction of non-EU innovative entrepreneurs;
3. Fitness check of the legal migration acquis.
4. European dialogue on skills and migration (in particular meeting costs);
5. Support for the European Integration Network (in particular meeting costs, study visits,
reports);
6. Support for the work of the European Migration Forum (in particular meeting costs);
7. Support for the EU Immigration Portal (EUIP);
8. Support for the European website on integration (EWSI)
9. Meeting with legal migration lawyers associations from Member States;
10. Data collection, studies and conferences on the links between the trafficking in human
beings and migrant smuggling;
11. Information and communication activities;
12. Expert meetings, technical workshops and studies in the field of EU migration policy.
Type of contract
It is envisaged that:
 actions 1 to 7 and 9 to 12 will be implemented via specific contracts concluded under
several existing framework contracts;
 action 8 will be implemented via a direct service contract.
Indicative number of contracts envisaged
It is envisaged that the following contracts will be concluded:
 approximately 20 specific contracts under existing framework contracts; and
 one direct service contract.
Indicative timeframe for launching the procurement procedures
Q3 2017
Implementation
Actions will be implemented by DG HOME.
2.4. Actions implemented in indirect management
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2.4.1. Readmission Capacity Building Facility III
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Amount
EUR 26 300 000
Implementing entity
This action will be implemented in the indirect management mode on the basis of a delegation
agreement to be concluded with IOM.
IOM has been selected as the entity entrusted with the tasks under the indirect management on
the basis of its technical competence and its capacity to carry-out the tasks.
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organisation in the field of
migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental
partners. With 166 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in
over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the
benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.
IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote
international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to
migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including
refugees and internally displaced people.
Following the signing of the agreement concerning the relationship between the United
Nations and the IOM, IOM joined the United Nations System on 19 September 2016.
IOM has implemented many EU funded actions related to returns and readmissions, including
Readmission Capacity Building Facility I (AMIF 2015 AWP).
IOM successfully passed the Commission’s seven-pillar assessment in 2014.
Indirect management via a delegation agreement with IOM will provide the necessary
flexibility in the identification of specific actions to be implemented, with the Commission
steering and monitoring closely the financial support provided by the Facility. Readmission
Capacity Building Facility III will be able to respond rapidly and in an effective manner to
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priorities identified in the framework of cooperation with third-countries on readmissions.
Overall objective and purpose of the action
The Readmission Capacity-Building Facility III will continue the approach of the previous
Facilities under the AMIF 2015 and 2016 AWPs, i.e. contribute to the policy priorities of
concluding and implementing readmission agreements (or, in the absence of formal
agreements, improving practical cooperation on readmission) with third countries, with a
view to reduce irregular migration. This action is in line with EAM priorities, calls from the
European Council and the objectives of the EU action plan on return23, which all stress the
need for the EU to help third countries fulfil their readmission obligations.
In line with the action plan on return24, support under the Facility will be given to third
countries with which the EU has concluded or is expecting to conclude a readmission
agreement and those with which it is seeking to improve cooperation on readmission. This
will be closely coordinated with ongoing assistance provided by the Commission and
Member States on return and reintegration of migrants to their countries of origin.
The Facility will focus on needs-based capacity-building in the area of return, readmission
and reintegration. It aims to provide the EU with a funding mechanism to cater to fastchanging
political priorities and react in a timely manner by implementing existing
readmission agreements or negotiating new ones. Given the number of countries potentially
needing financial assistance in this area and the range of issues to be addressed; only this type
of flexible mechanism will allow the EU to be able to adapt rapidly to changing
circumstances and respond effectively to short-term requests for assistance, while
maintaining an approach that prioritises coordination of assistance in this field.
The overall objective of the Facility is therefore to contribute to effective and efficient
cooperation between the EU and its partner countries in the field of readmission through fastresponse,
short-term capacity-building initiatives.
Like its predecessors, the Facility will provide support in areas of intervention (at policy,
legislative, institutional and/or operational level) relevant to the successful preparation and
implementation of readmission agreements/commitments with priority third countries, in full
respect of potential returnees’ human rights and dignity. This could involve:
 strengthening identity management, including civil registers and travel document issuing
systems;
 enhancing readmission case management, inter alia by developing automated systems and
standardising procedures for handling readmission requests;
 developing and piloting frameworks for post-arrival assistance, reintegration and

23 EU action plan on return, Commission Communication to the European Parliament and the Council
(COM(2015) 453, 9.9.2015).
24 The action plan announces the Facility under the 2015 AMIF AWP and states that it will be expanded
through additional funding in the following years.
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monitoring for returnees in partner countries;
 establishing/strengthening assisted voluntary return and reintegration programmes for
stranded migrants from partner countries;
 providing returnees with reintegration assistance on their arrival in partner countries;
 improving the quality and management of return-related data;
 facilitating dialogue with Member States, countries of origin and transit to support
practical cooperation and the exchange of good practices on return; and
 measures aimed at preventing irregular migration, including awareness-raising.
In particular, the following activities should be financed in line with the priorities and needs
of the third countries concerned and their readmission cooperation with the EU:
 needs assessments;
 training curricula, workshops and information materials;
 reintegration packages;
 investment in infrastructure related to return, readmission and reintegration;
 equipment;
 IT solutions and software;
 secondment of experts;
 study visits, peer-to-peer expert meetings and conferences; and
 recommendations/guidance documents, studies and other publications.
Actions supported under the Facility will be implemented either directly by IOM or via subcontracting
or via grants awarded by IOM. IOM may award grants under the Facility
following calls for proposals open to public authorities / public agencies of EU Member
States, public authorities / public agencies of third countries and non-governmental
organisations working on a non-profit basis. In duly justified cases and when approved by the
steering group, IOM may award grants without a call for proposals to public authorities /
public agencies of third countries with a de jure or de facto monopoly for activities related to
readmission or identity management of their own nationals.
Governance and control structure
A steering group for the Readmission Capacity Building Facility, comprising representatives
of the Commission and the IOM, will determine needs, select countries/actions to be
supported, and examine and approve specific actions to be carried out, taking into account
activities funded under other EU funds or by other donors. The steering group will also
decide whether an action will be implemented by IOM directly or via grants awarded by
IOM.
Complementarity
Complementarity to activities funded under the 2015 and 2016 Facilities, to other actions
funded by AMIF (European Reintegration Instrument Network) and to actions funded under
other instruments such as the EU Trust Fund for Africa or the Development Cooperation
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Instrument (including the action “Improving reintegration of returnees in Afghanistan,
Bangladesh and Pakistan”) will be ensured, including by activities of the steering group.
2.4.2. Mobility Partnership Facility II
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Amount
EUR 5 000 000
Implementing entity
This action will be implemented in the indirect management mode on the basis of a delegation
agreement to be concluded with the International Centre for Migration Policy Development
(ICMPD).
ICMPD has been selected as the entity entrusted with the tasks under the indirect management
on the basis of its technical competence and its capacity to carry-out the tasks.
ICMPD is an international organisation with strong expertise in the support to migration
dialogues with third countries and Mobility Partnerships (MP) and in managing EU
funds/contracts (including Mobility Partnership Facility I (MPF I) financed under the AMIF
and ISF 2014 AWPs).
ICMPD has established a strong network with EU Member States and partner countries
covered by the MPs and the Common Agendas for Migration and Mobility (CAMM) and has
project-based offices in some MP and CAMM countries.
ICMPD successfully passed the Commission’s six-pillar assessment in 2014.
The indirect management via the delegation agreement with the ICMPD will provide the
necessary flexibility in the identification of specific actions to be implemented, with the
Commission, in co-operation with the EU Member States and the European External Action
Service (EEAS) steering and monitoring closely the financial support provided by the facility.
The MPF II will be able to respond rapidly and in an effective manner to the priorities
identified in the framework of MP/CAMM (existing or under preparation), as well as the need
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to ensure complementarity with the actions funded through external cooperation instruments.
Overall objective and purpose of the action
The Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM) is, since 2005, the overarching
framework of the EU external migration and asylum policy. The framework defines how the
EU conducts its policy dialogue and operational cooperation with third countries in the area of
migration and mobility, based on clearly defined priorities which reflect the strategic
objectives of the EU, and firmly embedded in the EU’s overall foreign policy framework.
The GAMM has been given a new impulse with the adoption of the Communication on
establishing a new Partnership framework with third countries under the European Agenda on
Migration25. The Framework proposes the so-called compacts as a new tool for a more
coordinated, systematic and structured approach, matching the EU interest and the interests of
our partners.
The GAMM is implemented through several political instruments (bilateral and regional
policy dialogues and action plans), legal instruments (such as visa facilitation and readmission
agreements), operational support and capacity-building measures that are made available in
particular to third country administrations.
The most elaborated bilateral cooperation frameworks under the GAMM are the MPs and
CAMMs. While CAMMs are signed by the EU on behalf of all MS, MPs signatories include
the EU (represented by the Commission), the third country concerned, as well as individual
EU Member States, on a voluntary basis.
MPs are offering a framework for an enhanced and tailor-made policy dialogue and
operational cooperation with third countries in a wide range of fields related to migration and
mobility, with concrete actions covering the four thematic priorities of the GAMM:
(a) better organising legal migration, and fostering well-managed mobility;
(b) preventing and combating irregular migration, and eradicating trafficking in human
beings;
(c) maximising the development impact of migration and mobility; and
(d) promoting international protection, and enhancing the external dimension of asylum.
So far, MPs have been concluded with nine countries: Moldova (2008), Cape Verde (2008),
Georgia (2009), Armenia (2011), Morocco (2013), Azerbaijan (2013), Tunisia (2014), Jordan
(2014) and Belarus (2016).
CAMMs are an alternative framework for bilateral dialogue and cooperation, notably in cases
where one side or the other is not ready to enter into the full set of obligations and
commitments implied by a MP, such as the negotiation of visa facilitation and readmission
agreements. Like the MPs, the CAMMs set a number of common recommendations, targets
and commitments for dialogue and cooperation. So far, CAMMs have been signed with

25 Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council, the Council and the
European Investment Bank on establishing a new Partnership Framework with third countries under the
European Agenda on Migration (COM(2016) 385 final).
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Nigeria, Ethiopia and India and draft CAMMs have been proposed to, or are envisaged with
Brazil and Bangladesh.
The operational implementation of MPs and CAMMs is notably supported through relevant
programmes funded by the EU financial instruments. Given the need to also target actions
under MPs and CAMMs which represent a high priority to the EU and its Member States and
have a direct impact on the EU migration agenda, the Commission decided to fund the MPF I
under the AMIF 2014 AWP, as well as under the 2014 annual work programmes of the
Internal Security Fund (ISF) – Borders and Visa and ISF – Police. The delegation agreement
for the MPF I was signed with ICMPD in December 2015 for the period of 24 months (until
31 December 2017).
Given the need to support the MPs and CAMMs after the end of the MPF I implementation,
this action will provide support to the MPs and CAMMs in the period after 2017.
The objective of this action is to support the preparation and implementation of current and
future MPs, CAMMs and similar processes, such as the Prague Process, through actions
which represent a high priority to the EU and its Member States and have a direct impact on
the EU migration agenda which now encompasses the new Partnership Framework.
In line with the objectives foreseen and actions eligible under the AMIF, in particular the
following actions shall receive funding: (i) support to partner countries’ policy and legal
frameworks for migration and mobility, including through circular and temporary migration
schemes as well as better information and protection of migrants, including pre-departure
training; (ii) information of potential migrants on opportunities for legal migration and on
requirements for legal stay, as well as on the risks of irregular migration; (iii) capacitybuilding
of partner countries’ authorities in legal migration management (including migration
monitoring); (iv) support to partner countries’ policy and legal frameworks as well as
capacity-building on asylum policy and protection in line with international standards; (v)
support to the migration dialogue with relevant partner countries.
In order to achieve the above-mentioned objectives, in particular the following activities
should be financed: (i) Capacity-building support through the deployment of experts (mainly
from EU Member States); (ii) Development and implementation of trainings and training
material; (iii) Exchange of personnel; (iv) Provision of specific equipment which would be
indispensable in relation to the abovementioned capacity-building support and training; (v)
Information and awareness raising campaigns; (vi) Organisation of expert meetings and
conferences; (vii) Studies, evaluations and monitoring activities.
Support to these actions will complement EU funding provided through the ISF-Police and
ISF-Borders funded components of the MPF II, as well as those actions covered through the
national programmes of the EU Member States and those more development-oriented actions
to be funded through external cooperation instruments (such as ENI, DCI, EDF,
PI). Coherence and complementarity will be concretely ensured through the MPF Steering
Committee.
Governance and control structure
The steering committee set up under the MPF I, led by the Commission and comprising also
EEAS representatives, will ensure effective governance and control of the MPF II. ICMPD
will ensure the secretariat of the steering committee and provide technical support/assistance
when necessary.
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The steering committee will work in close consultation with EU Member States and,
whenever relevant, with international organisations. Its role will be to provide the overall
strategic guidance for the implementation of the MPF II, as well as to examine and approve
each concrete action to be funded under the MPF II, with due attention to the necessity to
ensure coherence and coordination with other funds supporting the MPs/CAMMs. It will also
adopt, and whenever necessary revise, the annual work plan of the facility. All EU Member
States having co-signed Mobility Partnerships will be consulted and informed in due course
before the adoption of the annual work plan. The MPF steering committee will meet regularly
– at least twice a year – to assess the latest developments in terms of the implementation of
GAMM and the various MPs, as well as to decide on the overall priorities for the use of the
MPF II.
On the basis of requests for concrete support to an MP submitted by an MP/CAMM partner
country, by one or more EU Member State signatory of that MP, or at the initiative of the
Commission, notably within the framework of the governance structures of each MP (MP
meetings, Local Cooperation Platforms, etc.), the MPF steering committee tasks ICMPD to
identify, in consultation with the relevant stakeholders, the relevant activities to be carried
out.
ICMPD management tasks include the management of the award procedures, accounting and
administration of the facility, as well as monitoring and reporting.
Actions supported through the MPF II will be implemented preferably via a call for proposals.
The call will be open to proposals of EU Member States (public authorities/public agencies of
EU Member States) as lead applicants (future coordinators). Public authorities of MP/CAMM
countries or non-governmental organisations working on a non-profit basis established in the
EU or in the MP/CAMM countries will be able to apply only as co-applicants (future cobeneficiaries).
In the case of MPs, EU MS will be able to apply only for actions in relation to
those partner countries with which they have signed the MP.
When no EU Member State is in a position to apply under the call for proposals or no
proposal presented by them could be selected for funding by the steering committee, the
steering committee may task ICMPD with its direct implementation, under the condition that
the action is of a short-term nature (i.e. training, short-term technical assistance, conferences,
seminars, workshops and study visits) and that the overall amount for actions directly
implemented by ICMPD would not exceed one third of the facility’s operational budget. Any
decision taken by the steering committee to task ICMPD with the direct implementation of an
action will be subject to the prior consultation of the relevant EU MS.
2.5. Other actions
2.5.1. Contribution to the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for stability and
addressing the root causes of irregular migration and displaced persons in Africa
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
43
18 03 01 02
Amount
EUR 5 000 000
Description and objective of the implementing measure
On 20 October 2015, a Commission Decision on the establishment of a European Union
Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes of irregular migration and
displaced persons in Africa was adopted26
.
According to the Decision, the overall objective and purpose of this Trust Fund shall be to
address the crises in the regions of the Sahel and the Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa, and the North
of Africa. It will support all aspects of stability and contribute to better migration management as
well as addressing the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration,
in particular by promoting resilience, economic and equal opportunities and security and
development.
The EU Trust Fund for Africa was formally constituted at the Valletta Summit on Migration
held on 11-12 November 2015. The EU Trust Fund for Africa provides funding to fulfil the
objectives and implement the Valletta Action Plan and complement financial instruments
available for cooperation with African partners by the EU, its Member States and associated
countries.
The Trust Fund enables the EU, its Member States and contributing donors to respond to the
different dimensions of crisis situations by providing support jointly, flexibly and quickly. In
doing so, it will complements other strands of action such as political dialogue and
development cooperation programmes, as well as humanitarian assistance, stabilisation and
crisis response assistance and CFSP/CSDP actions where appropriate. It also complements the
activities of EU Member States and of other development partners.
The Trust Fund finances activities in the following countries in Africa, crossed by the major
migration routes:
 for the Sahel region and Lake Chad area: Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Côte
d’Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal;
 for the Horn of Africa: Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan,
Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda;
 for North Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia;
 African neighbours of these eligible countries may also, on a case-by-case basis,
benefit from projects with a regional dimension in order to deal with regional
migration flows.
The AMIF contribution to the EU Trust Fund for Africa will enable the Trust Fund to finance
activities which fall outside of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC)
definition of the official development assistance (ODA).
The AMIF contribution to the EU Trust Fund for Africa was tentatively foreseen by the

26 Commission Decision C(2015) 7293 final.
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indicative resource table of the Strategic orientation document of the Fund.
Activities funded by the EU Trust Fund for Africa fall within the scope of Article 20(2)(f) of
Regulation (EU) No 516/2014.
Implementation
The action will be implemented via a contribution to the EU Trust Fund for Africa. The
Director-General of the Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development
(DG DEVCO) is the authorising officer by delegation responsible for managing this Trust
Fund. The AMIF 2017 contribution will be earmarked for the North Africa window of the
Trust Fund.
2.5.2. Support for the deployment of European Migration Liaison Officers
Legal basis
Article 20(2)(f) of Regulation (EU) No 516/2014
Budget line
18 03 01 02
Amount
EUR 300 000
Description and objective of the implementing measure
The European Council of 23 April 2015 gave a commitment to deploying European migration
liaison officers (EMLOs) in key third countries of origin and transit. This was further
confirmed in the EAM and the EU action plan against migrant smuggling.
The main purpose of designating and deploying EMLOs is to step up coordination in order to
maximise the impact of EU action on migration in third countries and encourage key
countries of origin/transit to engage on the whole range of migration issues. EMLOs will:
 help implement the comprehensive approach presented in the EAM, inter alia by:
o helping to prevent and counter irregular migration;
o encouraging better organisation of legal migration and mobility; and
o mainstreaming migration issues in development cooperation;
 contribute to the operation of bilateral and regional frameworks for cooperation on
migration; and
 gather, exchange, analyse and report on migration-related developments (as highlighted in
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the action plan against migrant smuggling).
The priority countries for the deployment of EMLOs are Egypt (regional mandate covering
East Africa), Morocco, Lebanon (covering also Syria), Niger, Nigeria, Senegal (regional
mandate covering also the neighbouring countries), Pakistan (regional mandate covering also
Afghanistan), Serbia (regional mandate covering all the Western Balkans countries), Ethiopia
(regional mandate covering the whole Horn of Africa), Tunisia (covering also Libya), Sudan
(regional mandate covering the parts of Horn of Africa, in particular Eritrea, which cannot be
covered from Ethiopia), Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh and Mali. Other countries can be added
to reflect political priorities.
The EMLOs will be national experts seconded to work in the EU Delegations. Member States
will pay their salaries and allowances and the Commission will cover (civilian) mission,
telecommunication and security costs under this action.
Implementation
The action will be implemented by a co-delegation of budget to DG DEVCO (and a subsequent
transfer to the EEAS).

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Nikola Benin. ICPerMed Conference – Best Practice in Personalised Medicine

Publication: Nikola Benin, PhD

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The first ICPerMed Conference will take place on 20-21 November 2018 at the dbb forum in Berlin, Germany.

Key note lectures on different personalised medicine related topics will be presented as well as best practise examples of successful translation of personalised medicine research with representatives covering the research and implementation chain up to the patient, including important aspects like reimbursement, economics and economic, legal ans social implications (ELSI).

In addition, presentations of the ICPerMed members on best practise for policy making and impact analyses on personalised medicine research will complement the conference programme.

The objective of the “Best Practice in Personalised Medicine” award is to encourage and disseminate best practice examples in personalised medicine.

Individuals who have published scientific papers and/or developed best practice strategies in the field of Personalised Medicine between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2017, from any of the ICPerMed partner countries, are eligible to apply.

Nikola Benin. Calls for proposals for Call 14: Innovative Medicines Initiative

Nikola Benin, PhD

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To give potential applicants as much time as possible to form consortia and prepare their proposals, IMI regularly publishes draft topic texts several weeks before the official call launch.

The following topics are currently under consideration for inclusion in future IMI calls for proposals for Call 14:

  • Targeted immune intervention for treatment of non-response and remission
  • Non-invasive clinical molecular imaging of immune cells
  • Development of a platform for federated and privacy-preserving machine learning in support of drug discovery
  • Centre of excellence – remote decentralised clinical trials

SMEs are strongly encourages to participate in IMI2 projects. This presentation highlights elements of the current indicative call topics that could be particularly interesting for SMEs. More information and guidance for SMEs can be found in IMI’s dedicated SME section.

 

Nikola Benin. Call for Proposals FCH2 JU

Publication: Nikola Benin, PhD

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The annual work programme for the FUEL CELLS and HYDROGEN 2 JOINT UNDERTAKING (FCH 2 JU) has been published on 16.01.2018. The calls are now open now the deadline is 24.04.2018.

With an indicative budget of EUR 73.2 million and 20 topics, the projects will improve performance and reduce the cost of products as well as demonstrate on a large scale the readiness of the technology to enter the market in the fields of transport (cars, buses and refuelling infrastructure) and energy (hydrogen production and distribution, energy storage and stationary power generation).

These challenges encompass different areas of research and innovation for each of the Transport and Energy pillars, as well as Overarching and Crosscutting activities. A total of 20 topics will be part of the call for proposals, including 7 for Transport, 8 for Energy, 1 for Overarching and 4 for Cross-Cutting.

They are grouped into 5 Innovation Actions (IA), 14 Research and Innovation Actions (RIA) and 1 Coordination and Support Action (CSA). The Call for Proposals will be subject to independent evaluation and will follow the H2020 rules on calls for proposals.

Deadline for submission of proposals: 24.04.2018.

Partner Offer for Health SC1-BHC-03

Nikola Benin, PhD

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Spanish Research Group on Respiratory Diseases of North Barcelona interested in participating in topic SC1-BHC-03-2018.

The Spanish Research Group on Respiratory Diseases is member of Ciberes Network. The Group develops regular research activity on: a) Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD); b) Pulmonary Fibrosis; c) Lung Cancer; d) Respiratory Infections; e) Asthma; f) Respiratory Sleep Disorders; and g) Technological Innovation. In these lines the group maintains its research projects through funding from institutional agencies, scientific societies and foundations, and has generated a hundred publications in first quarter in the period 2014-17.

The research group is now interested in participating in topic SC1-BHC-03-2018: Exploiting research outcomes and application potential of the human microbiome for personalised prediction, prevention and treatment of disease.

For more information contact Dr Cristina Rodríguez Rivero

PSYCHODRAMA FESTIVAL – Plovdiv city

Nikola Benin, PhD

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…Psychodrama is a universal language in which roles and experiences can connect people of different social and ethnic groups, different ages, in different states – as long as they have an interest in participating, even as an audience.
….This quality of psychodrama, being a connecting language, opens up space for work on terrain in different spaces and conditions. Through it we often work with marginalized groups; at risk; with children and teenagers; in schools, in social institutions; with people who have difficulty connecting in a different way: due to some form of discrimination or reverse segregation; due to strong internal and external conflicts. In the individual’s main difficulty to connect with oneself, to “see” from within, to understand and to show tolerance to himself.

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PROGRAMME – TIMETABLE –
https://www.ngobg.info/bg/documents/3264/programa_psychodrama_fest_2018_e.pd