5 July 2010
In Brussels today, 15 employees of national Immigration and Asylum Services in Europe met to discuss asylum procedures and asylum decision making during a training session arranged by the European Asylum Curriculum (EAC). EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmström was there, together with Belgian Federal Minister for Migration and Asylum Melchior Wathelet, to get an insight in EAC's activities.
EAC is a programme initiated by Member States and co-funded by the European Commission. The purpose is to strengthen practical cooperation between asylum and immigration systems in EU Member States, to increase harmonisation of asylum decisions, and to streamline the way asylum seekers are being received across the EU.
"It was very interesting and useful to attend one of EAC's training sessions. Today, discrepancies between Member States are too big; it is not acceptable that asylum seekers get different decisions depending on in which EU country they submit their asylum application. One of my main priorities during the years to come is to work towards getting a common European asylum and migration policy in place, and in that I think this initiative is a very useful tool in order to harmonise the national asylum systems within the EU", said Cecilia Malmström after the training session.
Earlier today, Commissioner Malmström also participated in a debate on EU immigration and asylum policy at the Université Libre in Brussels.
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