Asylum:

Type: News   Reference: 93922   Duration: 00:04:12  Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 10/06/2013   First transmission: 10/06/2013
- statements by the Rapporteurs, Council and Commission Background: Current EU law does not impose specific deadlines on member states for deciding on asylum applications. To iron out differences between national asylum procedures, the new rules bring in common deadlines for handling asylum applications (a standard six-month deadline with limited exceptions), stricter rules on training staff dealing with asylum seekers and new provisions for the special needs of unaccompanied minors and other vulnerable persons. -Minimum reception conditions: A shortlist of grounds for detaining asylum seekers, decent detention and living conditions, an early assessment of asylum seekers' medical and psychological needs and swifter access to the labour market (nine months after lodging an asylum application) are among the key improvements to the 2003 reception conditions directive. As a general rule, if asylum seekers are detained, they will have to be placed in specialised detention facilities. -No transfers to countries unable to cope: The Dublin regulation determines which country is responsible for dealing with an asylum request (usually the one through which the asylum seeker first entered the EU). Under the new rules, asylum seekers will not be transferred to EU countries where there is a risk of inhuman or degrading treatment. These rules will also introduce an early-warning mechanism to help tackle problems in national asylum systems before they turn into crises. -Police access to asylum seekers' database: Finally, member states’ police forces and Europol will have access to asylum seekers’ fingerprints in the Eurodac database, to help them fight terrorism and serious crime. At the request of MEPs, stricter data-protection provisions and new safeguards to ensure that data is not used for other purposes, will apply.

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00:00:10 SOUNDBITE (Spanish): Antonio MASIP HIDALGO (S&D, ES): "I think that trough this legislation we are going to remove the cruel and humain automatism which makes the asylum seekers, who are being persued in their own countries, as soon as they come, they end up in prison, we will be able to put an end to. The asylum seekers can only be rejected for 6 particular reasons now, this directive is also going to try and to remove any condition of lack of protection which forces people to live out in the streets." 00:00:34
00:00:44 SOUNDBITE (Swedish): Ceciliq WIKSTRÖM, (ALDE, SE): "Single minors arriving should not just have the right to join their parents, but also brother, sisters, aunts, mothers, fathers, or grand parents who are residents in one of our states." 00:00:16
00:01:00 SOUNDBITE (Romanian): Monica LUISA MACOVEI (EPP, RO): "The data base is useful for a number of reasons, there are situation where for example where someone seeks asylum in France, later also in Germany and the UK. The various jurisdictions are able to refer to the Eurodac database to see whether or not an applicant has already applied in an EU Member State. There have also been a number of situations where asylum applicants have said they were tortured in their country of origin on a certain date, but according to the data base they were already on EU territory." 00:00:55
00:01:55 SOUNDBITE (Romanian): Monica LUISA MACOVEI (EPP, RO): "What is new in this report that investigating authorities will have access to this data base for the purpose of terrorism or serious crime investigation." 00:00:18
00:02:13 SOUNDBITE (French): Sylvie GUILLAUME, (S&D, FR): "According to the Nationality of the Asylum seeker the level of protection various, for instance if somebody from Afghanistan looks for Asylum in Europe the protection can go from 8 percent up to 80 percent from the country we are talking about. It is important to revise this directive, it is in interest of the asylum seeker and of the Member States, but of course this has not been a calm process." 00:00:25
00:02:38 SOUNDBITE (English): Lucinda Creighton, Irish Minister for European Affairs, speaking on behalf of the Irish EU Council Presidency: "One of the innovation elements arising from the negotiations was the inclusion in Dublin regulation was the mechanism for early warning, preparedness and crisis management. The mechanism allows for an active and early response to situation where the Asylum system of a Member state is subject to particular pressure or has problems in its functioning. It provides for structured and escalating action in order to address any deficiencies and problems before the situation becomes a fully fledges crisis." 00:00:32
00:03:10 SOUNDBITE (English): Cecilia Malmström, EU Commissioner for Home Affairs: "There will be a general deadline of 6 months for normal asylum procedures. Asylum seekers will no longer to have to wait years for a decision. This will of course reduce Human suffering; but also save money because people will not depend on economic and social assistance. The new rules in the Asylum procedures and in the reception condition directive mean that Asylum seekers with special needs will be quickly identified, they will receive the necessary support to explain the claim and adequate reception conditions, and there will be greater protection for unaccompanied minors and victims of torture." 00:00:37
00:03:47 cut away shots(6 shots) 00:00:25
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