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Parliamentary questions
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11 August 2017
Answer given by Mr Avramopoulos on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-003827/2017

The Commission is aware of the difficulties in the functioning of the direct provision system, in particular for applicants who have been staying in this system for long periods of time, and welcomed the legislative reform adopted by Ireland with the view to simplify and shorten the duration of the international protection procedure. The Commission is aware of the recent judgment of the Supreme Court of Ireland regarding the constitutionality of the prohibition on seeking employment for applicants. At EU level, the rules on access to the labour market are currently set out in Directive 2013/33/EU on standards for the reception of applicants for international protection. However, Ireland is not bound by that directive or by the previous Directive 2003/9 in view of its decision not to take part in the application of these instruments, taken in accordance with the provisions of the applicable protocols on the position of Ireland annexed to the Treaties.

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