Friday, 22 July 2011

Polish EU-Presidency Asylum Conference

On 11-12 July the Polish EU-Presidency organised an Asylum Conference in Warsaw, covered earlier on this blog. 

So far I've received news on the conference proceedings from UNHCR's site, hoping I'll find more info and possibly copies of the delivered presentations delivered. 

As originally indicated, EASO Executive Director Dr. Rob Visser formed part of a session entitled Common European Asylum System: Current State of Affairs and Prospects for the DevelopmentAccording to UNHCR's report of the event:

"A special session of the conference comprising government representatives, academics and NGOs discussed the importance and methods of practical cooperation between EU Member States. Robert Visser, Director of the newly established European Asylum Support Office (EASO) emphasized that practical cooperation was not an alternative to strengthened legal norms, but that rather both were needed to tackle problems of consistency and quality in granting asylum in the EU, not only in the interest of the protection of refugees and their families but also of the EU countries and all parties to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees."

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