Friday, 21 June 2013

EASO & Italy

Due to the challenges and difficulties faced by Italy’s asylum system and following a request made by this Member State in December 2012, the Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), Dr Robert K. Visser has extend Special Support to Italy.

The Plan for Special Support was signed 2 weeks ago (4 June) and the assistance is set to be provided until the end of 2014. 

As you can read in EASO second press release of the year (PR 02/2013, 4 June 2013), support is to be provided “in a number of prioritized areas, such as data collection and analysis, Country of Origin Information (COI), Dublin system, reception system and emergency capacity, and training of independent judiciary”

A European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) Weekly Bulletin also covers this topic (among others) and refers to the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, Nils Muižnieks, Report following his visit to the country in July 2012. Both are very interesting reading! 

Prefect Angela Pria, Head of the Department for Civil Liberties and Immigration within the Ministry of Interior of Italy, and Dr Robert K. Visser have signed Italy’s Special Support Plan

If you would like to have more information on the Plan, you can read the press release (the last two paragraphs provide information on some main features of the Plan) or contact Mr Jean-Pierre Schembri (spokesperson of EASO Executive Officer), as suggested right at the end of the press release. 

Unfortunately, we could not find the Plan itself. We wonder if it is going to be available on-line at all (see our earlier post on EASO’s refusal to share the EASO/Greece Operating Plan with us), but we would definitively encourage EASO to do so, for the sake of transparency and access to such valuable information. 

By doing so, EASO would not only offer a learning tool to other Member States, but also open the door to receive direct critical contributions to its work.

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