EP vote on the minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers: - extracts from the vote - statement by Antonio MASIP HIDALGO (S&D, ES), rapporteur EP Committee on Civil Liberties

Type: News   Reference: 86776   Duration: 00:03:14  Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 19/09/2012   First transmission: 19/09/2012
Limited grounds for detention, better detention conditions, swifter access to the labour market and an early assessment of possible medical or psychological needs are among the improvements to the current EU rules on the reception and treatment of asylum seekers endorsed on Wednesday by the civil liberties committee. The draft legislation lays down a set of standards for the reception and treatment of asylum seekers, concerning in particular detention grounds, detention conditions, detention of vulnerable persons, access to the labour market and identification of special needs. The draft law, which has been agreed provisionally with the Council, modifies the current directive dating from 2003. "After four years of negotiations we have reached an agreement with the Council. Asylum seekers will only be detained for a limited number of reasons and minimum conditions will be guaranteed in reception centres. Civil liberties committee MEPs have seen asylum seekers detained in EU prisons in conditions that should not be replicated", commented the rapporteur, Antonio Masip Hidalgo (S&D, ES), after the committee vote.

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00:00:00 Title 00:00:05
00:00:05 Exterior view of the EP building in Brussels 00:00:05
00:00:10 Juan Fernando LOPEZ AGUILAR, Chairman of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, calling Members to sit down 00:00:05
00:00:15 Committee's Presidency table 00:00:05
00:00:20 Views of the vote on the minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers (8 shots) 00:00:51
00:01:11 Close up of the screen showing final vote on Massip's report 00:00:06
00:01:17 Antonio MASIP HIDALGO (S&D, ES), in SPANISH: "I think that as of today we can conceive a Europe as we all want it, better as regards asylum policies and better as regards freedom. Thanks Mr President, shadow rapporteurs and all those who collaborated in this report". 00:00:17
00:01:34 Antonio MASIP HIDALGO (S&D, ES), in SPANISH: "After 6 years of parliamentary fights, we manage to get approval on my report on minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers in the different European countries" 00:00:17
00:01:51 in SPANISH: "The most essential change after this vote is that until now asylum seekers were arrested as soon as they got to the EU borders without any justification. Now, an asylum seeker can only be arrested according to 7 very well specified reasons. I think this is a very important change. We had visited some of these detention centres and they were absolutely intolerable". 00:00:29
00:02:20 Antonio MASIP HIDALGO repeating this last declaration in FRENCH 00:00:54
00:03:14 END 00:00:00
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