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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP gets green light on European Asylum Support Office

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, is “delighted” that her report on the creation of a European Asylum Support Office has been overwhelmingly approved by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee [1].

The report will now go to a plenary vote [2], expected to take place in Parliament’s Strasbourg session, April 19-22.

Jean, who is an acknowledged expert in the field of asylum and refugee, said:

“I am delighted that MEPs have voted to bring us one step closer to the establishment of the much needed and long awaited European Asylum Support Office. I sincerely hope that the Office will prove to provide real added value when it comes to improving the quality and capacity of Member States’ asylum systems, above all to help ensure that protection is provided to those who need it. 

“The Office will play a vital role in ensuring that all Member States cooperate effectively and work to the same high standards. This will allow individuals to seek asylum in more confidence and will increase trust between Member States, serving as a basis for further cooperation and solidarity in future. I also hope that the work of the Office will go a long way towards ending the lottery of treatment that  asylum applicants face in Europe.

“I strongly welcome the fact that the Office will work in close cooperation with the UNHCR [2] and that civil society will be able to play a meaningful role to ensure real added value in its work.  However, the Office will not solve everything – the responsibility to ensure high quality delivery of the Common European Asylum System lies with Member States.”

ENDS

 

 

Notes to editors:

[1] The vote took place on Thursday, April 8, 2010: 40 votes in favour, 5 against and 1 abstention

 

[2] A voting session of all MEPs

 

[3] United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. For more information visit http://www.unhcr.org.uk

 

Jean Lambert is one of eight MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.