Strasbourg, 12 June 2013
Commissioner Malmström welcomes the European Parliament's vote on the Common European Asylum System
The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) 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 is an historic achievement, something the EU Member States and the Parliament have been aiming at since 1999. The CEAS will provide better access to the asylum procedure for those who seek 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 both for those who apply for asylum and those who are granted international protection within the EU.
We have travelled a tough road to get here. But our achievement is not yet fully complete. We now need to put in a great effort to implement our legislation and ensure this common system will function well and uniformly. Only then we will have an area of protection and solidarity deserving its name - an achievement that we can be proud of.
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