On Friday, 6 September 2013, the European Council for Refugees and Exiles (ECRE), in partnership with Forum réfugiés-Cosi, the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and the Irish Refugee Council, published the first Annual Report (2012/2013) of their EPIM-funded project, Asylum Information Database (AIDA). The report is called “Not There Yet: An NGO perspective on Challenges to a Fair and Effective Common European Asylum System”.
The report confirms that there is still a long way to go in the establishment of a fair and efficient Common European Asylum System. Despite more than 12 years of harmonising national asylum policies and the adoption of the ‘asylum package’ in June 2013, great differences remain between Member States as regards procedural rules and safeguards for asylum seekers, their access to accommodation and employment, and the use of detention.
With the report being part of the AIDA project, it looks at the legal framework and practice on asylum procedures, reception conditions and detention of asylum seekers in these 14 EU Member States (AT, BE, BG, DE, FR, GR, HU, IE, IT, MT, NL, PL, SE, UK). In addition, the report reflects on a number of key EU developments in the field of asylum in 2012, including a first assessment from an NGO perspective on the outcome of the negotiations on the “Asylum Package” in the context of building a Common European Asylum System (CEAS).
For an overview of the EPIM-funded AIDA project, the new EPIM video with ECRE Project Coordinator Hélène Soupios-David is now available: