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Summary of results of 2007-2013 programme period of EIF
21.04.2015

PRESS RELEASE

Over the past seven years the Integration and Migration Foundation has supported the implementation of 375 projects and activities through the European Integration Fund for Third Country Nationals (EIF), to a total value of almost 8.2 million euros.

Anne-Ly Reimaa, the Undersecretary for Cultural Diversity at the Estonian Ministry of Culture, says that activities supporting the ability of third country nationals and those with undetermined citizenship to cope more effectively in Estonian society have received funding thanks to the resources of the EIF. “A range of activities over the years have helped showcase Estonia’s language, history, society and institutions, support socioeconomic, legal and policy, educational and cultural projects and promote the state’s values and norms,” she said. “Looking back at the projects and activities overseen by the Integration Foundation in the last seven years, it’s good to see that the EIF funds have been of practical benefit, paving the way for the same activities to continue in the future.”

“During the 2007-2013 programme period we had almost 20 successful applicants, including those who applied more than once,” explained Integration Foundation director Dmitri Burnašev. “Many of them were institutes of education and research and civic associations, but there were also consultation firms and media undertakings.” Multiple projects were submitted by the likes of the University of Tartu (including Narva College), the Estonian national broadcaster ERR, AS PR Põhjarannik, OÜ BDA Consulting, the Network of Estonian Non-profit Organisations, Narva School no. 6, the NPO Estonian Folk University, Tallinn University and the NPO Estonian Union for Child Welfare.

The main fields for which applications were received over the seven-year period included Estonian language teaching to children and adults (Estonian language camps and Estonian language training courses for adults) and support for the educational opportunities available to new immigrant students within the Estonian education system (kindergartens and schools). There were also partnership projects supporting civic education, such as activities aimed at young people (museum visits, introductions to Estonian history and culture and cooperation between schools) and those designed for adults (preparatory courses for the citizenship exam and support for involvement in civil society). Studies were also carried out on the topics of the promotion of equal treatment, support for the implementation of school organisation measures for new immigrant students and the needs and expectations of and opportunities available to social groups within the integration process.

Activities promoting support for a shared media field also proved successful during the programme period: television and Raadio 4 shows, websites (the ‘Civil society news’ of the Network of Estonian Non-profit Organisations in Russian) and newspaper supplements and magazines (the Ida-Viru County newspaper PR Põhjarannik and Menu Publishing House’s Majo Bogatsvo /My Riches/).

“Quite a few of the shared media field projects gained a lot of public attention,” Burnašev remarked. “Two I can mention are shows that ran on ETV in 2011 and 2012 – Köök - rahvaste paabel /The Kitchen - the Babylon of Nations/ and Köögikodanikud 2 /Kitchen Citizens 2/ – both of which come under the television projects financed from EIF resources.” Also popular among the audience, Burnašev added, was the TV3+ live chat show Täna õhtul otse eetris /Tonight Live/, while equally good feedback was received by the ETV2 series Kolmnurk /Triangle/ and its follow-up Kolmnurk 2 (ERR, 2010-2012) – a weekly panel show on social and political issues of the day.

A number of projects piloted within the framework of EIF activities, such as the consultation centre project launched by OÜ BDA Consulting in 2014, are continuing in the 2014-2020 budgetary period with the support of state budget funds and ESF resources (the activities of the Integration Foundation’s advisory centre in Tallinn and Narva).

The proportion of significant breaches of contract detected during the programme period was less than 1%. The agency responsible for the implementation of the EIF in Estonia is the Ministry of Culture, under whose aegis the Integration Foundation coordinated the conducting of the programme activities. The final study into the impact of the 2011-2013 annual programmes will be carried out by the Institute of Baltic Studies, with the results published in autumn this year.

The European Fund for the Integration of Third-Country Nationals (EIF) was established on 25 June 2007 for the period of 2007-2013 as part of the general European Union programme ‘Solidarity and management of migratory flows’. Its aim was to assist Member States of the European Union to integrate third country nationals. The fund’s objective is to boost the capacity of Member States to develop, implement and assess strategies, policies and measures related to third country nationals. The EIF was founded for the purpose of promoting the integration of citizens of Member States and third country nationals in Europe.

For further information please contact:

Ann Asser
Communications Manager
Integration and Migration Foundation
E-mail: ann.asser@meis.ee
Telephone: +372 659 903