Friday, 7 June 2013

Some older news items for the archives: Cyprus, Syria, EASO's role, resettlement.

As you know, we are in the process of strategising the EASO Monitor blog, with one of our aims being that of bringing sharing European Asylum Support Office (EASO) related news as soon as possible after their publication. 

But sometimes its also useful to share some old news which we had not yet had the opportunity to write about in the blog, also because some times might not require individual posts. 

EASO’s Role and Work 

  • Cyprus Minister of Interior wrote an article, published in (10 July 2012), addressing the challenges faced by the Cyprus presidency of the Council of the EU on the legislative process of the Common European Asylum System second phase. In this context, the Minister underlined EASO’s role in “enhancing practical cooperation among asylum authorities in Europe”. The Minister also welcomed the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) input in the development of the CEAS. 

  • Another role of EASO is the cooperation with other Union bodies (on this, see also our earlier post). Taking this into consideration, the European Commission report on the development of the European Migration Network (01 August 2012, COM(2012) 427 final) suggests that the cooperation between the EMN and EASO is enhanced, since it could “increase the capacity of both bodies for analysing the situation of asylum in the EU” (European Union official website press release on the report publication – MEMO/12/612, 01 August 2012).

  • The Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported on 18 July 2012 that the European Parliament Socialists and Democrats (SD) Group had sent a letter to Catherine Ashton, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, calling for the adoption of a common EU approach on Syrian asylum seekers, “based on the best practices identified by the European Asylum Support Office” (the article quoting the letter). ‘Socialists Group calls on Ashton to adopt common EU policy on Syrian asylum seekers’ is the title of the article which you can read here

  • Times of Malta published on 27 July 2012 a text written by EASO’s spokesman Jean-Pierre Schembri, where he clarified the meaning of a statement in the annual report which had been misinterpreted in previous articles. He then explained that the annual report mentioned that the “EU member states may witness an increasing number of asylum seekers from the various Arabic countries where uprisings took place in 2011” (our underline). He emphasised that the word used in the report was “may” and not “will” or “shall”

EASO's participation in seminars, conferences, etc.

  • Our friends at the Forced Migration Current Awareness blog brought to our attention the third issue of the ‘Linking-In EU Resettlement’ Newsletter (June 2012). This issue reports on the first EU Resettlement Skills Share Day, which took place in Brussels on 14 and 15 May 2012. Claus Folden from the European Asylum Support Office was present in the meeting (see p. 3), where he underlined the importance of resettlement as a protection tool and of the EU increasing the number of the resettlement places. 

  • ‘Cyprus is prepared to evacuate up to 200,000 foreign nationals from Syria’, an article we found in Famagusta Gazette, 24 July 2012, paraphrased Cyprus Interior Minister Eleni Mavrou words at a press conference following the Justice and Home Affairs Informal Meeting of 23-24 July 2012. “Cyprus is prepared for the worst-case scenario and is ready to evacuate up to 200,000 foreign nationals from Syria”, said the Minister. According to this article, EASO was present in this meeting and briefed the EU Ministers on the Syrian situation (and so did too the UNHCR and the International Organization for Migration). 

  • The YC Social Diplomacy blog reported, on 13 July 2012 (through the article ‘Cooperation on migration: €5 million EU-funded project sets out objectives at opening conference’) that EASO attended the regional opening conference of the Euromed Migration III project. 


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