28 April 2010
The importance of a common European asylum system was the main issue for discussion when Cecilia Malmström met with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres in Brussels on 27 April. Guterres wants a more proactive European approach in refugee relocation policy and called on the EU to "put a stop to the mosaic of asylum systems".
"Mr Guterres is concerned about the fact that EU Member States deals with asylum applications in disparate ways. At the same time, he underlined that he supports the new Commission proposals in this field", said Cecilia Malmström. "We had very constructive discussions, and we agree on the urgent need to get a common European asylum system in place as soon as possible."
"It is very important that we move forward and implement a common asylum system with the same procedures, to the benefit of both asylum seekers and Member States. This is one of my main concerns in the coming years", said Cecilia Malmström.