Monday, 17 January 2011

Red Cross views on EASO

In continuation of posts relating to the positions and comments of civil society regarding the establishment of EASO, the opinions of the National Red Cross Societies of the MS and of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies were published in a position paper on 12th November 2008.

The paper is not specifically on EASO, but essentially captures the Red Cross’ recommendations to the EU on priorities for the period 2010-2014. On EASO, the Red Cross states the following:

“We support the creation of a European Asylum Support Office (EASO), which would operate in a transparent manner and liaise closely with relevant organisations and extend its services to all stakeholders in the asylum process, including asylum seekers and their representatives. Equal access to the relevant assistance and activities – i.e. practising the principle of equality of arms at the EU level – would enhance the potential for high-quality asylum decisions.

The activities of the EASO should include: establishing training programmes and organising joint training of national migration officials and legal representatives; providing access to relevant country of origin information services; promoting exchange of good practice; developing common guidelines facilitating accurate and uniform assessment of asylum claims as well as ensuring adequate reception conditions; and closely monitoring implementation and application of relevant EU legislation and case-law (supporting the Commission’s role as guardian of the Treaties).”

The position paper is available here (pdf).

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