European Commission - Press release
Common European Asylum System: better protection and solidarity for people seeking international protection
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.
Today's initiatives aim to achieve efficient and fair procedures and to ensure adequate and comparable reception conditions throughout the EU.
Changes made to the proposal on the Asylum Procedures Directive aim to simplify and clarify rules, in order to:
Modifications to the proposal on the Reception Conditions Directive provide more clarity and flexibility, in order to:
The Commission first made proposals to amend the Reception Conditions Directive in December 2008 (IP/08/1875) and the Asylum Procedures in October 2009 (IP/09/1552). Today's modified proposals take into account the progress made during the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council, as well as during consultations with other actors (such as UNHCR and NGOs).
The two proposals will now be presented at the 9th of June Justice and Home Affairs Council and further discussed under the Polish Presidency. To become law they will need the support of the European Parliament and of a qualified majority of Member States.
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