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European Commission presents modified proposals on Reception Conditions and the Asylum Procedures Directives

Date Published: 02-06-2011

2 June 2011

The European Commission presented revised proposals amending the Directives on Reception Conditions and Asylum Procedures to achieve efficient and fair procedures, and to ensure adequate and comparable reception conditions, throughout the EU. The proposals are noted by the Commission as important steps towards the establishment of a comprehensive Common European Asylum System (CEAS) by 2012.

  • Proposed changes to the Reception Conditions Directive would provide more ‘latitude’ in the implementation of measures, in order to help reduce financial costs and administrative burdens on Member States. Clear rules which strictly delimit the possibility to detain asylum seekers are included, as are standards regarding living arrangements and self sufficiency, including a move towards facilitated access to employment for asylum seekers.
  • Changes made to the proposal on the Asylum Procedures Directive would allow for easier implementation by Member States, particularly when dealing with a large number of simultaneous asylum claims. A maximum duration for the processing of asylum applications is included. Strengthened first instance decision making and rules regarding repeated applications are detailed.

Note: Ireland has opted out of Directive 2003/9/EC of 27 January 2003 on minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers (“The Reception Directive”) and participates in Directive 2005/85/EC of 1 December 2005 on minimum standards on procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing refugee status (“The Procedures Directive”).

For more information:

IP/11/665: Common European Asylum System: better protection and solidarity for people seeking international protection

MEMO/11/365: Asylum proposals: a more protective and effective Common European Asylum System (CEAS)

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