Friday, 18 March 2011

Help is on the way - Visser during PACE hearing

I earlier posted information (here and here) on a hearing organised on Wednesday 16th by the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population of the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (PACE). Mr. Rob Visser was a guest at this event, to address the Committee as part of a panel on the Stockholm programme.

As I await information on the proceedings and outcome of this hearing, I can direct you to the Committee’s press release, issued yesterday. The statement is quite brief, especially with regard to Visser’s input. During the hearing the MPs were given the opportunity to present questions to the panel members, yet it looks like the event could have lasted longer to enable more questions and further debate.

On Visser’s input, the PACE statement says:

“Rob Visser who heads EASO, a new EU body offering practical support to member states over asylum issues, said some help was on the way – a team had just been sent to Greece to work with the authorities on a detailed two-year plan to build a new asylum system.”

I am further interested in the hearing since it will provide input to a report by Arcadio Díaz Tejera on the interception and rescue at sea of asylum-seekers, refugees and irregular migrants, which report I had assisted in drafting.

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