EU backs uniform system for asylum seekers

27th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

27 September 2005, STRASBOURG - The European Parliament agreed Tuesday on guidelines aimed at streamlining the processing of asylum applications in a bid to curtail misuse of the system, illegal migration and human trafficking to the European Union.

27 September 2005

STRASBOURG - The European Parliament agreed Tuesday on guidelines aimed at streamlining the processing of asylum applications in a bid to curtail misuse of the system, illegal migration and human trafficking to the European Union.

MPs amended important aspects of the bill proposed by the European Council although parliament presently has only an advisory capacity in migration and asylum issues and will only have a direct say in such decisions from 2006.

Franco Frattini, E.U. Commissioner for Justice, termed the guidelines an important step towards freedom, security and justice.

"So far, there was only a fragile compromise with at least 20 different asylum systems."

Legislators complained that the Council's proposals lacked uniformity and would allow some members to proceed as they wished in dealing with asylum applications.

They rejected the concept of so-called 'super secure third countries' backed by conservatives.

Accordingly, Germany, for example, would retain 'national lists' of secure third countries allowing them to reject asylum seekers arriving from such countries.

Parliament instead called for a standard list of secure countries of origin at European level to prevent Italy, for example, deporting refugees to Libya without checking individual cases.

DPA

Subject: German news

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