The External Borders Fund (EBF) 2007-2013 is one of the four funds under the General Programme Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows. Its main purpose is to support the protection & surveillance of EU external borders through co-operation among authorities and establishment of common rules and practices to facilitate both a secure border as well as smooth movement of legal travellers across the borders. Up to €1,820 million have been made available for the period 2007-2013 to cover such area.
to access Decision 574/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the External Borders Fund for the period 2007-2013 as part of the General Programme 'Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows'.
The fund is operated through shared management - in essence the European Commission allocates funds to the National Responsible Authority of participating Member States (including Malta) on an annual basis. The Responsible Authority would consequently issue calls for proposals, adjudicate projects, monitor their implementation and effect payments to the beneficiaries. Subject to the availability of funds, up to a maximum of 75% of the projects' eligible costs can be co-financed out of the Fund.
A control mechanism is in place to ensure that funds are managed properly - expenditure is certified by the Certifying Authority and audited by the Audit Authority.
The funds allocated to Malta to date are as follows:
Year Amount €
The transparency obligations laid down in the regulatory framework for the External Borders Fund require Member States to make publicly available the Multi-Annual Programme, the Annual Programmes and also details of final beneficiaries, names of projects and the amount of public and EU funding allocated to them under each Annual Programme.
In this regard, follow the below links to access the indicated documentation:
Multi Annual Programme
To date a number of Calls, covering the years 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, 2012 and 2013 have been issued and adjudicated in Malta. Details of beneficiaries, project names and financing received can be found here