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Towards a Reform on the Common European Asylum System

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The European Commission presented options to reform the Common European Asylum System and develop safe and legal pathways to Europe. On 6/04 the European Commission launched the process for a reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The Commission has identified priority areas where the Common European Asylum System should be structurally improved, and proposed steps to enhance safe and well-managed pathways for legal migration to Europe. In particular, five priorities have been identified: 1) establishing a sustainable and fair system to determine the member state responsible for asylum seekers by amending the Dublin regulation; 2) reinforcing the Eurodac system by adapting it to the changes in the Dublin mechanism and expanding its purpose beyond asylum; 3) achieving greater convergence in the EU asylum system through a new regulation establishing a single common asylum procedure in the EU, and reforming directives concerning procedures, qualification and reception; 4) preventing secondary movements within the EU by including strengthened procedural measures in the proposals under the new asylum regulations; 5) a new mandate for the EU’s asylum agency by amending EASO’s mandate.

The Commission is expected to present a EU Action Plan on Integration later on this year. “Human mobility will be an inherent feature of the 21st century” Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said. However, as First Vice-President Frans Timmermans underlined, “the current system is not sustainable. Different national approaches have fuelled asylum shopping and irregular migration, while we have seen, in the ongoing crisis, that the Dublin rules have placed too much responsibility on just a few Member States”.

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