Internal Security Fund (ISF)

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European Union
Geographical focus: 
Thematic focus: 
Tourism in general
Policy and Governance in Tourism
Intro text: 
To promote the implementation of the Internal Security Strategy, law enforcement cooperation and the management of the Union's external borders, the Internal Security Fund (ISF) has been set up for the period 2014-2020.

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Geographic focus

EU 28 (except UK and Ireland), Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

Who can apply?

State and federal authorities, local public bodies, non-governmental organisations, humanitarian organisations, private and public law companies and education and research organisations.

Objectives and activities

Objective: The Fund will ensure that EU States are provided with adequate Union financial support to ensure progress towards the policy objectives and to address important challenges in the area of internal security.

Activities: The ISF is composed of two instruments:

  • Borders and Visa (ISF Borders and Visa):The Visa Information System (VIS) allows Schengen States to exchange visa data, in particular data on decisions relating to short-stay visa applications; and Police cooperation, preventing and combatting crime; and
  • Crisis management (ISF Police): The Schengen Information System (SIS) allows Schengen States to exchange data on suspected criminals, on missing persons and on stolen, misappropriated or lost property.
  • EU citizens, non-EU residents and visitors to the EU need to be able to freely and safely travel within the Union. The Schengen Area has made this a concrete reality. Europeans make over 1.25 billion journeys within the Schengen area every year.

Type and level of funding

The total budget amounts to € 3.8 billion for the period 2014-2020. EUR 2.76 billion is available for funding actions under the ISF Borders and Visa instrument. Financial assistance is provided in the form of grants and procurement.