European Parliament OKs talks for Dublin reform

Country of arrival should not be the only one for asylum

16 November, 16:45

     STRASBOURG - The plenary session of the European Parliament has given a green light to talks with the Council and the Commission on a reform of the Dublin regulation. The green light arrived with 390 yes votes, 175 no votes and 44 abstentions.

    Under the Parliament's proposal, the country of arrival of an asylum seeker would not be automatically and solely responsible to evaluate the request. Applicants should instead be distributed across all EU countries. The Council has not taken a negotiating position yet.

    The text drafted by Swedish Liberal EMP Cecilia Wikstrom says member States that don't accept their quota of asylum seekers would run the risk of seeing access to EU funding reduced.

    Parliament's text also provides for, among other things, a three-year transition period and a 'filtering' mechanism to select among asylum seekers those who stand few chances of having their application approved. For this group the application would need to be processed by the country of entry, which should take care of the repatriation, with additional support from the EU. All these proposals could however not survive negotiations. The Union's governments, represented in the Council, have not yet reached a common position to start it.

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