European Parliament: final adoption of the new asylum legislation and adoption of amendments to the Schengen acquis

Friday, October 4, 2013

The European Parliament voted this week in favour of the new asylum legislation. The Parliament approved the recast versions of the Dublin Regulation, the Eurodac Regulation, the Asylum Procedures Directive and the Reception Conditions Directive. See the press release of the European Parliament. The new Dublin Regulation shall enter into force at the start of 2014 and the other three pieces of legislation, in the second half of 2015.

The texts of the new asylum legislation, as it has been adopted, are accessible under the following links: Reception Conditions Directive, Asylum Procedures Directive and Dublin Regulation. The Eurodac Regulation still needs to be adopted formally by the Council.

With respect to the new Dublin Regulation, the European Commission has been invited by the Parliament and the Council to revise Article 8(4) thereof, which concerns the determination of the Member State responsible for the application of an unaccompanied child in the light of the CJEU in the caseC-648/11, MA and Others, on which the Weekly Legal Update and EDAL reported recently.

 A group of NGOs based in Brussels, including ECRE, released this week a joint statement on the occasion of the final vote of the asylum package. It is accessible at ECRE's website.

The European Commission has also published an overview of the main changes.

The European Parliament has also voted in favour of the amendments to the Schengen acquis establishing monitoring of internal borders and providing for new possibilities to re-introduce controls in internal borders. The deal will be adopted by the Council in autumn.

This item was reproduced with the permission of ECRE from the weekly ELENA legal update supported by the Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Funding Programme and distributed by email. The purpose of these updates is to inform asylum lawyers and legal organizations supporting asylum seekers and refugees of recent developments in the field of asylum law. Please note that the information provided is taken from publicly available information on the internet. Every reasonable effort is made to make the content accurate and up to date at the time each item is published but no responsibility for its accuracy and correctness, or for any consequences of relying on it, is assumed by ECRE, the IRC or its partners.



European Parliament
European Commission