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Common European Asylum System

The subjects of asylum and international protection are considered of utmost importance for the European Union and since 1999, a series of legislative documents have been adopted. These documents aim to define the minimum common rules and regulations applied by member states regarding reception of asylum seekers, recognition criteria and procedures followed during the asylum examination.

With the Lisbon Treaty, the EU moved a step further with the goal to create a Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which will ensure that the member states will proceed with asylum applications with a high level of harmonization.

Within this existing framework, the Commission has submited a number of legislative proposals aiming at a uniformly applied asylum legislation between member states. This legislation will cover specifically the reception of asylum seekers, the recognition criteria and the procedures followed during the asylum examination.

The EU aims to complete the amendment of this legislative framework by the end of 2012 during the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU. Thus, one of the basic goals of the Presidency is the completion of the relevant negotiations and the adoption of the CEAS within the defined deadlines. The current dialogue is focused upon the following issues:

  • The configuration of uniform reception conditions that will provide respectful living conditions during the process of examination of the asylum application.
  • The establishment of harmonized rules for fair and accelerated procedures within the examination of asylum applications.
  • The adoption of essential solidarity rules between member states, so as to control the distribution of the financial and administrative burden involved in the management of migration flows.

The Cyprus Presidency shall continue to promote and support the efforts of the previous Presidencies and will proceed to make every possible effort to complete the CEAS, which will provide a complete framework in regards to international protection.