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Commissioner Malmström welcomes European Parliament committee vote on the amended Directive on standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as beneficiaries of subsidiary protection

European Commission - MEMO/11/499   12/07/2011

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MEMO/11/499

Brussels, 12 July 2011

Commissioner Malmström welcomes European Parliament committee vote on the amended Directive on standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as beneficiaries of subsidiary protection

The European Parliament’s Civil, Justice and Home Affairs Committee approved today the proposal to amend the Directive on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted (COM 2009/551). The amendment was proposed by the Commission in October 2009.

Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner responsible for Home Affairs: "I welcome this agreement which will clarify legal criteria to define the grounds needed for protection. This will reduce differences in the level of rights granted to refugees and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. Today's agreement brings us one step closer to our overarching goal of completing the Common European Asylum System by 2012. I am confident that the amended Directive can now be swiftly adopted. It will help ensure that current and future inflows of refugees are addressed by the EU in a uniform manner, and on the basis of solidarity and the fair sharing of responsibility."

Next steps:

The European Parliament and the Council will now vote on the Directive, to formally adopt it. The European Parliament is due to vote on the proposal during the plenary session in September.

For more information on the Commission proposal see IP/09/1552 and MEMO/09/475.


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