Thursday, 1 March 2012

EASO/Malta Seat Agreement published! ...and a vacancy announcement


We're very happy to share the information that, following a number of requests from the EASO Monitor, EASO has agreed to make public its Seat Agreement with the Maltese Government.  The document regulates EASO's presence in Malta, and can be found in full at this site (see bottom of page)...here.

"The Seat Agreement between the Government of Malta and the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) was signed on 24 May 2011. The Agreement governs the relationship between the Government of Malta and the EASO. The EASO Seat Agreement contains 20 articles covering principally: Facilitations for communication (Article 4); Security of the Agency (Article 5); Assistance and Cooperation in Security Matters (Article 6); Fiscal and customs treatment of the Support Office (Article 7);Taxation (Article 8); Multilingual, European-oriented schooling (Article 10); Transport connections (Article 11); Social Security (Article 14); Seat of the Support Office (Article 16);

The Agreement was signed by Ambassador Richard Cachia Caruana, Malta's Permanent Representative to the European Union, and Dr Robert K. Visser, EASO Executive Director. Ms Marta Cygan, Director Asylum and Immigration, European Commission, was also present for the signing of the Agreement."

The news was shared with us today after we repeatedly raised the issue of public access to EASO documentation. In a letter we received this afternoon we were told that "EASO is fully committed to promoting openness regarding its work and to grant public access to documents which are deemed to be of public relevance." 

We fully welcome this response.As you know if yo've been following this issue, we've also requested (repeatedly) access to the EASO/Greece Operating Plan and now the EASO/Luxembourg Operating Plan. These requests were discussed in our meeting with EASO Executive Director last week, on which we will be updating you in the coming days.

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On the same site linked to above, you'll also find a vacancy announcement: Accountant. Good luck to all applicants!

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