On 26th April, Nicolas Sarkozy and Silvio Berlusconi sent a joint letter to Herman Van Rompuy and José Manuel Barroso, following the (in)famous Franco-Italian summit. The summit, and letter, discussed the current migration situation directly affecting Italy and indirectly having an impact on France. Summarily, the letter calls for more concerted EU action in the area of migration, particularly with a focus on the EU’s relations with 3rd countries.
Of particular relevance to the EASO Monitor, is the reference to EASO in the letter. By now it comes as no surprise that the Office is referred to solely in terms of one of its core duties, that of providing support to those EU MS facing particular difficulties in dealing with asylum-seekers. In fact the letter states that:
“The States facing the most acute difficulties in terms of asylum must benefit from priority support from the European Asylum Support Office so that they may guarantee the reception and handling of applications under appropriate conditions.”
We sincerely hope the Executive Director manages to highlight EASO’s other roles, particularly its role in contributing to the implementation of CEAS...an area we feel is far more necessary and relevant, at least in the EU’s long-term vision of what it wants to achieve with its harmonised asylum policy.