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The European Asylum Support Office to be inaugurated on Sunday now fully operational
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17/06/2011 13:01:36

On 19 June, European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Cecilia Malmström, will participate in the inaugural ceremony of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in Valletta. The new Office began some of its activities in November 2010, and as of this Sunday it is now fully operational. The EASO was established with the aim of enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters, and helping Member States fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need.

    The European Asylum Support Office to be inaugurated on Sunday now fully operational

    "I am very happy to open the European Asylum Support Office. By dealing with practical and operational issues regarding asylum and migration, the Support Office offers valuable support to Member States by facilitating practical cooperation in all aspects of the assessment of asylum claims and in the reception of asylum seekers. It will provide support to Member States confronted with unexpected inflows of asylum seekers and to those which simply need to make their asylum system more fair and efficient. It is an indispensable instrument to help achieve a more comprehensive and protective Common European Asylum System. Practices for receiving asylum seekers still vary considerably from one EU country to the other and much more needs to be done to achieve a greater convergence of approaches. The Support office will have an important role in that", said Cecilia Malmström.

    The inaugural event will take place on Sunday 19 June at the Upper Barrakka Gardens in Valletta, in the presence of Commissioner Malmström, the Prime Minister of Malta, Lawrence Gonzi, and the Maltese Minister of Justice and Home Affairs, Carmelo Mifsud Bonnici. Representatives of the Hungarian and Polish Presidencies of the Council, MEPs, EU Ambassadors, and the deputy United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees will also participate in the celebrations.

    Round Table Meeting Signing of the declaration Speech at Upper Barrakka Gardens 

    The EASO Management Board will meet on 20 and 21 June 2011 at which time the Executive Director, Rob Visser, will present the state of play of implementation of the Agency's work programme for 2011 and will also propose an outline for the 2012 work programme.
    The European Commission has been providing vital support to the EASO, including by providing human resources, expertise, recruitment and logistical support, and will continue doing all it can to ensure that the Office can rapidly reach cruising speed.

    PRESS COVERAGE

    Times of Malta - Interview with Commissioner at the Rep

    Re EASO inauguration

    The Malta Independent

    Maltatoday - extensive article + photos

    L-Orizzont

    Maltarightnow.com

    www.di-ve.com

    L-aħħar aġġornament: 11/07/2011  |Fuq