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EU's new, reinforced agency for asylum starts work

19 January 2022, 23:40 CET
EU's new, reinforced agency for asylum starts work


(VALLETTA) - The new European Union Agency for Asylum started work Wednesday with its reinforced mandate, with the aim of speeding up asylum decisions and converging reception standards across the EU.

The agency is expected to help ensure that asylum decisions are taken in a fast and fair manner and that reception standards converge across the EU, bringing more uniformity in decision making and alignment between Member States' asylum systems.

Building on the experience of the previous European Asylum Support Office, the new agency will have a reinforced mandate that will contribute to:

  • More efficient asylum systems through greater operational and technical support to Member States, including training (with particular emphasis on reception conditions), preparedness, information analysis, and exchange of information.
  • Improved assistance: A reserve of 500 experts including case handlers, interpreters or reception specialists will be ready to be deployed rapidly as part of asylum support teams at the request of Member States. Agency experts will have the mandate to prepare the entire administrative asylum procedure for decision by national authorities, and offer assistance in the appeal stage.
  • Uniform, high-quality decision-making by developing operational standards, guidelines and best practices for the implementation of Union law on asylum.
  • Greater convergence in the recognition rates by developing country guidance on countries of origin which Member States should take into account when assessing asylum applications.
  • Better monitoring and reporting on Member States' asylum and reception systems, to be developed in the future, allowing the Agency to monitor the operational and technical application of EU asylum law to ensure more consistent practices throughout Europe, fully in line with EU law.
  • Capacity building in non-EU countries to improve asylum and reception systems and support EU and Member State resettlement schemes, building on the existing cooperation with UN agencies.
  • An independent Fundamental Rights Officer and a new complaints mechanism will ensure the safeguard of asylum applicants' rights.

The new agency will receive €172 million of EU funds in 2022 and will launch 8 operations (in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Spain) supporting asylum and reception authorities in Member States with almost 2,000 personnel.

New Pact on Migration and Asylum

European Union Agency for Asylum website

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