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Refugee crisis - 15.10.2015

We urge EU Member States to establish dialogue with local government to assess the needs on the ground
The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) urges the EU Member States to establish an immediate dialogue with local and regional governments, and their national associations on how best to use the extra EU budget resources made available to help those towns faced with an influx of refugees.

The European Parliament has just approved the Commission’s proposal to strengthen the EU support to cope with the refugee crisis, after the Council’s approval of the proposal last week. 

The European Union has done its job by fast-tracking more resources as CEMR called for last month; now national, local and regional governments must follow suit, states CEMR secretary general Frédéric Vallier

We call on Member States to match the EU’s fast reaction by drawing plans at national level, with their national associations of towns and regions, on how those added financial resources can be best used. We also call on Members of the European Parliament, via their national delegations, to press their national governments into consulting their towns and regions on this burning issue. 

Finally, CEMR and its members remain at the Commission’s and the European Parliament’s disposal to find a long-term solution to finance migration measures. As proposed by the European Parliament, the forthcoming EU multiannual budget mid-term review in 2016 must be the time and the place to do so

Last September CEMR called on the EU budget to be fully mobilised to help Europe’s towns and regions having to provide for tens of thousands of refugees; following that appeal, the European Commission, followed by the European Council, pledged emergency financial measures.
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