ECRE Comments on EU plans to establish a European Asylum Support Office (EASO)

05-12-2008

This paper highlights ECRE's comments on EU plans for the establishment of a European Asylum Support Office (EASO) to ensure objectives of improving asylum practices in the EU are reached.

ECRE would welcome the establishment of EASO, if it were well-resourced and founded strongly on principles of democratic accountability and transparency. To this end, it is important that UNHCR and other independent experts, including NGOs working in the refugee field, are regularly consulted and afforded extensive input into its work. ECRE also recommends a support office that is subject to democratic oversight by the European Parliament.