Friday, 4 March 2011

First public intervention by EASO Executive Director, PACE hearing (16/03/11)

On 16th March the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population will be holding a hearing in Brussels. The hearing will discuss a number of interesting themes (see the hearing’s agenda) including migrant women in the labour market; maritime interception of asylum-seekers and refugees (follow-up on the report I had prepared for the Committee); migrants/refugees during election campaigns and the Stockholm Programme.

Under the latter heading - ‘Beyond Stockholm: Implications for Migrants and Asylum-Seekers in Council of Europe Member States’ - the Committee will be inviting a number of expert speakers, including Mr. Rob Visser, EASO’s Executive Director. During the hearing it is expected that Visser will deliver a brief introductory presentation which will be followed by a series of questions by the Parliamentarians.

I will not be able to attend the hearing, but I’ll provide a full update and - if possible - relevant documentation. Being Visser’s first public appearance this is an excellent opportunity to pick his brain on his vision for EASO.

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