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Brussels, 27 March 2013
Statement by EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on the endorsement by Coreper of the Asylum Procedures Directive and the EURODAC regulation
''An agreement on these two texts means that we are now heading towards the formal adoption of all the proposals presented by the European Commission. This would represent a remarkable achievement for the whole European Union.
The Common European Asylum System has been my top priority since the beginning of my mandate and I have been involved in negotiations since the first day. Getting the CEAS in place will be historic, something the EU Member States and the Parliament have been aiming at since Tampere 1999.
Having been formally endorsed by the Home Affairs Council and the European Parliament, the CEAS will provide better access to the asylum procedure for those who request protection; will lead to fairer, quicker and better quality asylum decisions; will ensure that people in fear of persecution will not be returned to danger; and will provide dignified and decent conditions for both those who apply for asylum and those who are granted international protection within the EU.
It will also better equip Member States with the necessary tools to detect and prevent abuses and will introduce more consistent and robust quality standards all around the European Union.
I welcome the constructive attitude shown by the European Parliament and the Council in negotiating these very sensitive proposals. We have travelled a tough road to get here. The negotiations have not always been easy and it has taken several years, but I am confident that formal adoption of the whole asylum package will soon be possible."
The Common European Asylum System package is composed of: