Friday, 4 March 2011

MP Theresa May's notes on the February JHA Council

I reported earlier that the JHA Council of 24-25 February reserved a slot for Rob Visser to make a presentation and reply to some questions from the ministers.

There isn’t much information available on the actual proceedings during the sessions, but today I came across notes on the Council Meeting by Theresa May, UK Member of Parliament, Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities.

On the EASO session, May says:

“There was also a presentation by Rob Visser, the newly appointed executive director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), who explained that the support office was already operational (before the 19 June deadline mentioned in the regulation). Providing support to Greece for the action plan was the top priority. Member states urged Greece to speed up its asylum reforms and called on the Commission to improve co-ordination of member state offers of assistance. The Commission was already providing co-ordination and would soon hand this over to EASO. On Dublin, the emergency mechanism would not apply in this situation; it was only proposed for member states fully implementing the asylum acquis.”

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