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Monday, 06 June 2011

EU Common Asylum System to be completed by 2012

The Commission pursues the completion of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by 2012. The modified proposals on the Reception Conditions and the Asylum Procedures Directives will ensure faster, fairer and more efficient rules to the benefit of Member States and people seeking international protection. They take account of the lessons learnt from several years of negotiations in the Council of Ministers and in the European Parliament, as well as from consultations with refugee associations and the UNHCR. Negotiations must now move ahead on the remaining elements of the 'asylum legislative package'. "The consolidation of a genuine common immigration and asylum policy is one of my top priorities. Today the level of treatment and guarantees for asylum seekers varies widely across the EU, and the chances of obtaining protection are radically different depending on which Member State examines the asylum request. This must change. We need efficient and fair asylum procedures and adequate and comparable reception conditions for asylum seekers throughout the EU. At the same time, the standards we agree at the European level should be simple, clear, and cost-efficient. The EU must stand up for its values and provide protection for those coming here to seek refuge from persecution and conflict - that is why we must respect our commitment to establish a Common European Asylum System by 2012. Today's proposals offer high level standards for people genuinely in need of protection, and will help to reduce unnecessary burdens on national authorities. They will also contribute to building more trust between the Member States", said Cecilia Malmström, Commissioner for Home Affairs.

Source: European Commission