Updates for the European Asylum Support Office (EASO):
- On 20th July EASO published its first 'Annual Report on the situation of asylum in the Euroepan Union and on the activities of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO)', following which it issued a call for comments and feedback from its Consultative Forum. One of the main responses was presented by the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), available on their site here;
- Just a few days ago, on 28th September, the Commission published a 'Staff Working Document on the implementation of the Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors'. Also see the Commission's document of the same date 'Report from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament: Mid-term report on the implementation of the Action Plan on Unaccompanied Minors'. These documents are part of EASO's on-going activities with regard to one of its main thematic priorities. Organisations working with unaccompanied minors and/or separated children should definitely approach EASO to be included in its work;
- A 23rd July press release from the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union refers to EASO's involvement in discussions on Syrian refugees. We haven't read much about this involvement, but we're very interested in getting an idea of what EASO's thinking. A serious concern is of course the situation of Syrian refugees in countries neighbouring Syria, and here the EU's role would be primarily one of solidarity in it broad sense, yet we're particularly concerned about the disparate levels of protection granted to Syrian refugees here in the EU and what it says about MS commitments to a true Common European Asylum system with harmonised standards;
- On the latter point, and on many other current issues involving CEAS and EASO have you read ECRE's recommendations to the Cyprus Presidency, here.