Asylum: EU list of safe countries of origin

The future EU common list of safe countries of origin, which should help member states to process certain asylum applications faster and more consistently, should replace today’s national lists after a three-year transition period, Civil Liberties Committee MEPs agreed on Thursday. The EU Commission will assess which countries should be included, removed or temporarily suspended from the list.

 Decisions to add or remove countries will be taken using the ordinary legislative procedure, following a proposal by the EU Commission. To assess the situation in third countries and the possibility of adding them to the EU common list, the Commission will rely on the information received from member states, EEAS, EASO, UNHCR, the Council of Europe and other relevant organizations and, following amendments by MEPs, also international and national NGOs. The Commission will also be responsible for regularly reviewing the situation in the listed and suspended countries and will also decide, under Parliament's scrutiny, on the temporary suspension of a country in the event of a sudden deterioration of the situation there.

During the three years before national lists disappear, EU countries will be able to suggest to the EU Commission that other third countries be added to the common list, but they will not be allowed to consider “safe country of origin” any country which has been suspended or removed from the European list.

 The Commission will also be responsible for regularly reviewing the situation in the listed and suspended countries and will also decide, under Parliament's scrutiny, on the temporary suspension of a country in the event of a sudden deterioration of the situation there.

Further informations:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/de/news-room/20160707IPR36205/Asylum-EU-list-of-safe-countries-of-origin-to-replace-national-lists-in-3-years