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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 279

Migration and refugee crisis: Sylvie Guillaume named rapporteur on EU list of safe countries of origin

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 2 ottobre 2015

european parliamentVice-President and Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee MEP Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, FR) has been appointed rapporteur for the proposal establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin, on which Parliament will legislate on an equal footing with the EU Council of Ministers. The appointment was announced by committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) at the start of the Civil Liberties Committee meeting on Thursday, 1 October, and endorsed by the members. The proposal for a regulation establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin was presented by the European Commission on 9 September, as part of a package of proposals to tackle the refugee crisis.The EU safe countries list would help speed up the processing of individual asylum applications from people originating in countries that the EU considers safe. In cases where individual assessments establish that applicants have no right of asylum, it would also help speed up their return, according to the European Commission. The Commission proposes to add Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to the EU list of safe countries of origin.
In a 10 September resolution on migration and refugees in Europe, the European Parliament said that it: “Notes the Commission proposal to strengthen the ‘safe country of origin’ provision of the Asylum Procedure Directive by establishing a common EU list of safe countries of origin; understands that this approach could limit the procedural rights of citizens of those countries; recalls that the acceptance rate for asylum applications varies greatly from one Member State to another, including as regards particular countries of origin; requests that steps be taken to ensure that this approach does not undermine the principle of non-refoulement and the individual right to asylum, especially that of people belonging to vulnerable groups”.

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