Wednesday, 26 October 2011

CEAS, the Seat Agreement, the Asylum Curriculum & Elspeth Guild

Common European Asylum System: better protection and solidarity for people seeking international protection

‘Common European Asylum System: better protection and solidarity for people seeking international protection’ – a rather dated European Commission press release summarising the Commission’s efforts towards the finalisation of CEAS.  EASO’s is specifically referred to in relation to the Commission’s proposals to amend the Procedures Directive, specifically with the aim to “enhance coherence with other instruments of the EU asylum acquis, such as the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).  A more concrete role for the EASO is foreseen in the provisions on training and access to the asylum procedure.”

EASO/Malta Seat Agreement

Some details on the EASO/Malta Seat Agreement can be found on the 25th May press release of the Malta Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  We had reported the signing of the agreement, but must have missed this particular item.

EASO Executive Director (Visser), Malta Prime-Minister (Gonzi), EU Commissioner (Malmstrom), Malta JHA Minister (Mifsud-Bonnici).  Credit © European Union, 2011.

Media Coverage

On 27 May the Sofia Echo provided an overview reporting of various JHA issues, including the publication by the Commission of its second annual report on immigration and asylum (2010).  We had reported the publication of the report some time ago, so this information is really just by way of a media coverage update.

European Asylum Curriculum – site reminder

In case you want to keep track of the gradual handover of the European Asylum Curriculum (EAC) to EASO, do follow the EAC’s site as it occasionally provides an update on the situation.  Of course, the hand-over is primarily subject to EASO recruiting the staff necessary to handle the Curriculum meaning it will be at least a couple of more months for us to see EASO taking over.


Elspeth Guild, a very well-known practitioner and expert in EU migration and asylum law and policy, wrote an insightful piece in IP-Global, the “Germany’s oldest foreign policy journal” published by the German Council on Foreign Relations.  The article, entitled, ‘EU immigration policies are inconsistent and overly restrictive’, is an excellent critical appraisal of the EU’s efforts in legislating and formulating policy in the areas of migration and asylum.  How does EASO feature in Guild’s analysis?  Minimally.  Guild makes a passing reference to the Agency as an effort by the EU to deal with the stark lack of consistency in the region’s asylum practice. 

Reading is strongly recommended.

I recently discovered European Union Law, a blog on EU law.  I haven’t had time to go trough the blog in much detail but a quick search revealed at least one post referring to EASO: ‘Very Good Proposal on Schengen’ on 20th September, commenting on the Commission’s proposal to improve the Schengen regime (reported above).

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