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Internal Security Fund - Performance

Programme in a nutshell

Concrete examples of achievements (*)

joint investigation teams
and the European Multidisciplinary Platform against Criminal Threats were in action between 2014 and 2021.
were implemented in the area of crime prevention between 2014 and 2021.
aiming to improve law enforcement information exchange were implemented between 2014 and 2021.
were put in place or upgraded to protect critical infrastructure in all sectors of the economy between 2014 and 2021.
relating to the assessment and management of risks in the field of internal security were implemented between 2014 and 2021.
3 143
(expert meetings, workshops, publications, seminars, conferences and online consultations) were organised between 2014 and 2021.

(*) Key achievements in the table state which period they relate to. Many come from the implementation of the predecessor programmes under the 2014-2020 multiannual financial framework. This is expected and is due to the multiannual life cycle of EU programmes and the projects they finance, where results often follow only after completion of the programmes.

Budget for 2021-2027


Rationale and design of the programme

The Internal Security Fund (ISF) contributes to ensuring a high level of security in the EU, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism and radicalisation, serious and organised crime and cybercrime, and by preparing for, protecting against and effectively managing security-related incidents, risks and crises.

Legal basis

Regulation (EU) 2021/1149 of the European Parliament and of the Council



Internal Security Fund (2021-2027)

Implementation and performance



Budget programming (million EUR):

Financial programming70.0254.1309.9314.9337.2321.7285.41 893.1
Decommitments made available again (*)N/A      N/A
Contributions from other countries and entities0.0p.m.p.m.p.m.p.m.p.m.p.m.0.0

(*) Only Article 15(3) of the financial regulation.


more or less

  Financial programming:
  - EUR 43.0 million (- 2%)
  compared to the legal basis


Cumulative implementation rate at the end of 2021 (million EUR):

 Implementation2021-2027 BudgetImplementation rate
Commitments70.01 893.14%
Payments0.1 0%


Voted budget implementation in 2021 (million EUR):

 Voted budget implementationInitial voted budget

Contribution to horizontal priorities

EU budget contribution in 2021 (million EUR):

ClimateBiodiversityGender equality (*)

Score 0*: 65

Score 0: 5

(*) Based on the applied gender contribution methodology, the following scores are attributed at the most granular level of intervention possible:
- 2: interventions the principal objective of which is to improve gender equality;
- 1: interventions that have gender equality as an important and deliberate objective but not as the main reason for the intervention;
- 0: non-targeted interventions;
- 0*: score to be assigned to interventions with a likely but not yet clear positive impact on gender equality.


Performance assessment

  • Performance assessment will be provided once the implementation of the 2021-2027 programme has started in earnest and the first performance reports have been received.

MFF 2014-2020 – ISF Police

The 2014-2020 ISF provided financial resources with the objective of contributing to ensuring a high level of security in the EU, in particular by preventing and combating terrorism and radicalisation, serious and organised crime and cybercrime, and by assisting and protecting victims of crime and preparing for, protecting against and effectively managing security-related incidents, risks and crises.



Cumulative implementation rate at the end of 2021 (million EUR):

 Implementation2014-2020 budgetImplementation rate
Commitments1 230.21 231.0100%
Payments916.8 74%

Performance assessment

  • Until the end of 2021, ISF-Police has proven an efficient fund getting closer to its general objective to contribute to a high level of security in the EU. In particular, the interim evaluation concluded that the Fund has been shown to be flexible enough to respond to the changing needs which emerged as a consequence of the security crises.
  • The ISF supports overall EU policies in the area of internal security, e.g. on police cooperation, preventing and combatting crime, protection of people and critical infrastructures and combatting illicit drugs trafficking. Through Union actions, transnational projects and projects of particular EU interest are being financed. Therefore, the (bi)annual programming for Union actions offers a unique chance to align the actions to most urgent and important needs identified on the ground (e.g., trafficking in human beings, child sexual abuse, and corruption), as well as allowing continuity, for example on the European Crime Prevention Network.
  • The 2014-2020 programme was also instrumental in helping to provide technological and knowledge updates for European security. Examples include new detectors for chemical, biological, nuclear, radiological or explosive substances; the automated border control gates in airports and border crossing points; and new technologies used by police forces for investigations involving the dark web.
  • In terms of the overall performance of the fund, for many of the indicators set out in the regulation the targets have been either achieved or exceeded. By the end of 2021, ISF Police had attained an absorption rate of 76.21%, which can be considered satisfactory overall. The implementation of the ISF will run until the end of 2023, after the adoption in April 2020 of the Commission's proposal to extend the implementation period for the money available to Member States under the 2014-2020 home affairs funds by 1 year due to the crisis in Ukraine.
  • The main lessons learned during the 2014-2020 programming period include the following.
    • There has been insufficient cooperation, coordination and strategic steering in the implementation of the ISF with other EU-level initiatives.
    • Better exploitation of innovation opportunities from EU civil security research is needed.
    • There is a need for simplification.
    • There was insufficient flexibility to respond to changing needs during the programming period.
    • There is a need to strengthen performance monitoring in terms of the quality and frequency of data relating to the fund, with more regular and reliable data setting. This is being tackled in particular for the 2021-2027 programming period on the grounds of the new requirements contained in the legal basis and through joint work by the Commission and national managing authorities on data quality.

Programme statement

7 JUNI 2022
Programme Statement – Internal Security Fund
(1.01 MB - PDF)
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