Yesterday the European Asylum Support Office published the earlier-mentioned Operating Plan for the Office’s involvement in Luxembourg. We were in fact expecting this, as Dr. Visser had responded to us that as soon as the operation would be executed, the public would be granted full access to the Operating Plan.
We welcome the publication, but of course we would have preferred had the OP been made accessible during the process of operation in order for us to monitor the process properly. We highlighted this to Dr. Visser in our meeting with some weeks ago, commenting that the only way civil society could contribute its technical expertise and experience to the Office's work is if NGOs know what the Office is actually doing.
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The main support given to the Refugee Unit in Luxembourg has been training in the context of the European Asylum Curriculum (EAC), more specifically in relation to interview techniques and qualified decision-making. Two EAC experts carried out the training of the caseworkers (8 interviewers and 6 decision makers). Both newly hired staff and experienced staff received training.
The full length of the agreement can be found on the European Commission's EASO website, here.
Here at EASO Monitor we find it interesting to see an Operating Plan, however small the scale. We are of course far more interested in the Greek document and wonder what similarities and differences that document may include. Actually, just yesterday we requested EASO to review their decision to not publish the Greek Operating Plan until the operation has been completed. We’ll keep you updated on that.
We sincerely hope that the efforts pay off in order for asylum-seekers in Luxembourg to have their case dealt with in a proper way and in compliance with the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and international standards.