The European Parliament rejected on Wednesday providing EU funds to member states for the provision of services in “controlled centres” for migrants.

Plenary backed two objections to Commission delegated acts that widen the scope of activities eligible for funding under two EU funds to include “controlled centres” established by member states. According to the Commission proposal, this would allow to better adapt to the needs of national authorities in the field of asylum, migration and integration, particularly for reception and accommodation for asylum-seekers or migrants in irregular situation.

In their objections, MEPs underline that the concept of “controlled centres” is a controversial one “of questionable legality” which does not exist under Union law and has not been approved by the colegislators.

They insist that such a concept should not be funded “unless and until it is properly defined in an appropriate legislative instrument -adopted by the colegislators- detailing its legal basis, nature, purpose and objective”.

The European Commission tabled the delegated acts in December. The first one amends the regulation establishing the instrument for financial support for external borders and visa (part of the Internal Security Fund), while the second one modifies the regulation establishing the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

The objections were passed with 493 to 87 and 34 abstentions (Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund) and by show of hands (Internal Security Fund). The legal changes proposed by the Commission can therefore not enter into force.