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  • Creative Europe Project
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    25 August 2017
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    26 October 2016
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    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
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    06 September 2016
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  • Variable attitudes towar
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
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  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia
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    30 August 2016
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  • Commission proposes 2018
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
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The reform of the Common European Asylum System
13 July 2016

Following-up on its commitment to move towards towards a more humane, fair and efficient European asylum policy, and the first set of proposals to reform the Common European Asylum System of 4 May 2016, the College has adopted today  three new legislative proposals:

-  a proposal to  harmonise the current disparate Asylum Procedures in all Member States and create a genuine common procedure,  thereby removing incentives for asylum shopping and secondary movements between Member States.

- a proposal for setting uniform standards for the recognition of persons in need of protection and the rights granted to beneficiaries of international protection

- a proposal to further harmonise reception conditions in the EU, in order to ensure that the treatment of applicants is dignified across the EU, in accordance with fundamental rights and rights of the child, and to decrease secondary movements.

All the elements of a solid, coherent and integrated Common European Asylum System are now on the table. It is generous to the most vulnerable and strict towards potential abuse, while always respecting fundamental rights.

A common EU Resettlement Framework

Following-up on its commitment to enhance legal avenues from third countries to the EU, and moving towards a more managed approach to international protection within the EU, the Commission is also proposing a structured EU Resettlement Framework,

It will establish a common set of standard procedures for the selection of resettlement candidates and a common protection status for persons resettled to the EU to streamline and better focus European resettlement efforts in the future. This will ensure orderly and safe pathways to the EU for persons in need of international protection, with the aim of progressively reducing the incentives for irregular arrivals. To support Member States' resettlement efforts under the targeted EU schemes, the Commission will provide €10,000 from the EU budget for each person resettled.

State of play on Relocation and Resettlement

Today, the Commission has also presented its 'Fifth Report on relocation and resettlement', which shows that there is some significant progress and that the scheme is beginning to work. But more efforts are needed.

A total 3,056 persons have been relocated (2,213 from Greece and 843 from Italy)

A total of 8,268 persons have been resettled under the resettlement scheme of 20 July 2015, mainly from Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan.

A total of 802 Syrians have been resettled from Turkey to the EY under the EU-Turkey Statement of 18 March 2016.

Finally, the Commission has taken stock of latest developments on visa reciprocity with the United States and Canada and set out the next steps. It reaffirmed its objective to achieve full visa waiver reciprocity.


  • Creative Europe Project ...
    The Department of Haute-Loire is looking for three European partners to parti...
    25 August 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • White paper on the futur...
    White paper on the future of Europe...
    27 July 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The EU's response to the...
    One of our student interns produced this well-written article about the ongoi...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • The importance of labour...
    This article, written by a student at the University of Malta, passionately c...
    20 February 2017
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Strengthened EU-Swiss Re...
    The EU enjoys very close relations with Switzerland in every sense: culturall...
    29 December 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • A boost for the European...
    The European Commission is stepping up its efforts to develop a strong space ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU increasing support fo...
    The EU has announced that it shall implement new aid programmes in the Latin ...
    26 October 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes EU c...
    Delivering on the Security Union: Commission proposes EU certification system...
    07 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • VAT Gap: Nearly €160 bil...
    A staggering €159.5 billion in Value Added Tax revenues were lost across the ...
    06 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Variable attitudes towar...
    Performance-related pay and employee reward systems in Europe are often uneve...
    01 September 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • EU's 2017 budget: Parlia...
    The EU's budget for next year will be decided over the coming months. Startin...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
  • Commission proposes 2018...
    The Commission is also seeking to highlight the role of Europe's cultural her...
    30 August 2016
    read more...
    Europe Direct Valletta
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