The previous Norwegian government made a proposal to allocate an amount of 250 million Norwegian kroner (€25,514,669) to the new EU Border Management Fund and the Common Visa Policy aimed at supporting the strengthening of the external borders of the Schengen area.
In a press release issued by the Ministry of Justice and Public Security, it was noted that on October 12, the previous government had now proposed to allocate this amount to the European Union’s Border and Visa Management Tool (BMVI), before the new government takes over.
The BMVI Fund, which aims to raise $6.4 billion for the years 2021-27 by member states mainly through multi-year national programmes, has replaced the Internal Security Fund (ISF), which has been the EU’s funding tool for borders and the visa area since 2014.
The new fund intends to contribute to securing a strong external border of the European Union, which, according to the Commission, “will in turn allow the European Union to maintain the Schengen area without internal border controls.”
Commenting on the proposal, former Norwegian Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monika Melland noted that Norway, as a Schengen country, contributes to strengthening the borders of the Schengen area, including through funds.
Meanwhile, she noted that the money that member states pay to the fund goes directly to measures that increase security at home and abroad in Europe.
“The scheme of the Fund, in particular, should support the protection of the external Schengen borders and contribute to the further development of the common visa policy through the solidarity redistribution of funds. Norway contributes with other Schengen countries to the financing of the Fund. At the same time, Norway receives financing from the scheme of the Fund for its projects own.
According to the former Minister of Justice, over the coming years, Norway will annually receive funding from the European Union through the BMVI Fund and will use it for national border and visa projects in the areas of justice, transport and defense.
“Norway will continue its role as a contributor to security at the Schengen external borders. It also increases security in Norway again.
When preparing the budget for 2022, the previous government also proposed allocating over 300 million Norwegian kroner (€306,39570) for the development and implementation of international ICT systems in the Police and Immigration Directorate (UDI).
The allocation of this amount is part of the Schengen membership commitments and is aimed at increasing information sharing and facilitating data exchange for European police cooperation, immigration control and visas.
The proposals were not approved by the new government, presented today by the new Norwegian Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Stoer, consisting of ten women and nine men. Former Minister of Justice Monica Melland, who is at the same time the youngest Minister of Justice in Norway, will now be held by Emily Inger Mehl, at 28 years old.