- The European Commission's proposals on the 2014-2020 budget for home affairs are crucial in terms of creating an area of freedom, security and justice, and a more open, secure and solidarity-based Europe. The EESC is in favour of increasing the importance of the Asylum and Migration and Internal Security Funds within the budget.
- It is essential that all actions funded are based on policies, that they have European added value and that they contribute to the achievement of the EU's political objectives.
- The EESC welcomes the Commission's efforts to simplify the financial instruments.
- The Committee agrees that national programmes should be based on the principle of partnership, but believes that better systems are needed for participation by all stakeholders: national, regional and local authorities, civil society organisations and social partners.
- The Committee proposes that the financial resources for "Union actions" be increased, since they have great European added value. 20% of the fund should be allocated to these actions.
- The protection of human rights and respect for the Charter of Fundamental Rights should be fully guaranteed in all actions funded by the Asylum and Migration and Internal Security Funds.