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EU Qualification Directive approved by European Parliament

Date Published: 27-10-2011

The European Parliament approved the Commission's Proposal, agreed in July 2011 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 and is intended to improve the coherence between EU asylum instruments, simplify, streamline and consolidate substantive and procedural standards of protection across the Union and lead to more “robust” determinations at first instance.

Ireland opted in to Council Directive 2004/83/EC but will not be bound by the new measures unless it decides to be so bound. If Ireland does not opt in, the Council and Commission can decide to terminate Ireland's participation in the original Directive. However this would not change the position with respect to the EC (Eligibility for Protection) Regulations 2006, which transpose the original Directive into Irish law.

For more information:

European Commission press release (27 October 2011).

MEMO/11/499: Statement by Commissioner Cecilia Malmström

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

Last up-dated: 27 October 2011

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