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Safe countries of origin: Proposed common EU list [EU Legislation in Progress]

Written by Joanna Apap and Anita Orav (1st edition)
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As part of the European Agenda on Migration, the Commission proposed on 9 September 2015 to establish a common EU list of safe countries of origin, initially comprising Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. This would enable fast-tracking of asylum applications from citizens of these countries, which are considered ‘safe’ according to the criteria set out in the Asylum Procedures Directive and in full compliance with the principle of non-refoulement. Currently, these lists are defined at national level and not coordinated, which can lead to different recognition rates of similar asylum applications and the incentive to apply for asylum in Member States with higher recognition rates.

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Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing an EU common list of safe countries of origin for the purposes of Directive 2013/32/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection, and amending Directive 2013/32/EU
Committee responsible:
Rapporteur:
Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE)

Sylvie Guillaume (S&D, France)

COM(2015) 452 of 9 September 2015

procedure ref.: 2015/0211(COD)

Ordinary legislative procedure

Next steps expected: Deliberations in LIBE Committee, Opinion from AFET Committee

Stage: Commission Proposal

 

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