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Regional Protection Programmes (COM(2005) 388 final)

European Commission


Commission Communication to the Council and the European Parliament of 1 September 2005 on regional protection programmes. COM(2005) 388 final. (Not published in the Official Journal).


This Communication sets out the Commission's action plan for one or more pilot Regional Protection Programmes (RPP). RPPs are designed to enhance the protection capacity of the regions involved - both regions of origin and transit regions alike - and to improve refugee protection through durable solutions (return, local integration or resettlement in a third country). These programmes will be based on existing actions, in particular under the programme for financial and technical assistance to third countries in the areas of migration and asylum (AENEAS), and the TACIS programme. With a view to increasing the budget available for these programmes, the Commission is planning to amend the Council Decision establishing the European Refugee Fund.

The Communication:

  • outlines the general framework in which the pilot RPP should operate,
  • makes recommendations for their geographical application and content,
  • sets out a way forward for the incorporation of the RPP-approach into the Community's relationship with the region and countries involved.

The Commission regards it as a priority to develop an action programme in the Western Newly Independent States (Ukraine/Moldova/Belarus) concerning transit regions, and in sub-Saharan Africa (Great Lakes/East Africa) concerning regions of origin.


This Communication, which is based on the Commission Communication of 14 June 2004 "Improving Access to Durable Solutions" (COM (2004)410 final), represents the Commission's reply to the Council Conclusions of 2-3 November 2004, which invited the Commission to present an action plan for one or more pilot RPPs.


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COM(2005) 388 final