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Jean Lambert London's Green MEP

Green MEP gets final go-ahead for European Asylum Support Office

Jean Lambert, the Green MEP for London, has today welcomed the European Parliament’s unanimous support for her report on the establishment of the European Asylum Support Office at a plenary vote in Strasbourg [1].

Council, Commission and Parliament have now formally agreed on the details of the EASO, which will be permanently based in Malta, and it is hoped the new Office will be up and running as early as the beginning of next year.

Jean, who served as rapporteur on the Committee for Civil Liberties’ report into the establishment of the EASO and is a leading voice on asylum and immigration, said:

“It is simply fantastic news that the European Parliament has overwhelmingly accepted my report on the creation of the European Asylum Support Office. We are now on the final leg of realising our ambition to create an Office that provides a 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 [3] 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.”

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Notes to Editors:

[1] Approved unanimously without vote under rule 138(3)

[2] The EASO will be set up in the form of an agency, an independent European body, and financed by the EU. It will establish itself a permanent base in Malta, with a staff compliment of about 60 employees. The Commission and the Member States will be represented on the management board, which will act as the Office’s governing body.

The Office will work closely with the authorities responsible for asylum in the Member States and with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. There will also be a consultative forum for dialogue with civil society organisations.

[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.