The European Commission presented on 13 July 2016, a proposal to complete the reform of the Common European Asylum System. More specifically, the Commission is proposing to replace the Asylum Procedures Directive with a Regulation establishing a fully harmonised common EU procedure for international protection to reduce differences in recognition rates from one Member State to the next, discourage secondary movements and ensure common effective procedural guarantees for asylum seekers.
The Commission’s proposal will, among others:
· Simplify and clarify asylum procedures: The overall procedure is shortened and streamlined, with decisions normally to be taken within six months or less.
· Ensure common guarantees for asylum seekers: Asylum seekers will be guaranteed the right to a personal interview and to free legal assistance and representation already during the administrative procedure.
· Ensure stricter rules to combat abuse: New obligations to cooperate with the authorities are introduced as well as strict consequences if these obligations are not met (sanctions for abuse of the process, lack of cooperation and secondary movements etc.).
· Harmonise rules on safe countries: The Commission clarifies and makes mandatory the application of the safe country concepts.
More information: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-16-2433_en.htm