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European Asylum Support Office Publishes 2012 work programme

Malta Independent Thursday, 12 January 2012, 00:00 Last update: about 6 years ago

The recently published work programme for 2012 of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) shows that during its second year of operations, EASO will consolidate the work undertaken in 2011 and will start new tasks in accordance with the EASO founding regulation. EASO will concentrate on a specific set of priorities which comply with the expectations laid out in the Stockholm Programme and Action Plan. At the same time, EASO is still setting up its organisation and recruiting more staff.

The mission of EASO is to support the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) and to support the EU states and their asylum-services. EASO is developing into an independent centre of expertise that is close to the member states and their asylum-offices as well as to the European Commission.

In 2012, EASO will concentrate on a specific set of priorities which comply with the expectations laid out in the Stockholm Programme and Action Plan. The EASO priorities for 2012 are:

1. Fulfilling the Operating Plan for Greece;

2. Further developing the EASO work on the European Asylum Curriculum, Country of Origin Information, Quality of the asylum process and Interpreters’ list;

3. Building the EASO organisation.

Within the tasks of EASO, the priorities include European asylum training, and providing support to member states facing particular pressures on their asylum and reception systems.

EASO will also have a supporting role in the possible extension of the relocation project for Malta (EUREMA).  In addition EASO will develop an action plan for the activities of EASO for the External Dimension.

As for the EASO organisation, in 2012 EASO will strengthen the communication and cooperation with partners and stakeholders. EASO also plans to move into its permanent premises in Valletta during this year.  In 2012 EASO will also publish its first country of origin information report on Afghanistan.

Moreover, in order to be in a better position to fulfil its tasks, in 2012 EASO aims to recruit about 20 new staff members, bringing the total staff to around 60.

Robert Visser, executive director of EASO, said that 2012 will present many challenges for the European Asylum Support Office and in general for asylum and immigration in Europe. 2012 will be the first full year for EASO. “The expectations on EASO are high, nevertheless I am confident that EASO will deliver,” Dr Visser said.

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