Dublin revision: Civil Liberties MEPs call for ambitious reform and centralised asylum system
An upcoming proposal to reform the Dublin system must be ambitious and replace the current rules with a common distribution system for all EU member states to ensure fair and smooth processing of asylum claims, Parliament's lead MEP on Dublin and Civil Liberties Committee Chair say.
Welcoming today's communication on migration from the European Commission on a revision of the Dublin regulation (which determines the member state responsible for processing an asylum application, MEP Cecilia Wikström (ALDE, SE) who will lead Parliament's work on the legislative proposal, said:
"Europe has recently witnessed an irresponsible race to the bottom among the member states that must be stopped. I hope that the European Commission dares to put forward a far-reaching proposal well in line with the view that the European Parliament adopted recently with a very large majority.
A new EU Asylum system should be developed, based on a fair sharing of responsibility between Member States. The country of first arrival criteria should be removed from the Dublin regulation and replaced with a fair and mandatory distribution mechanism between Member States, using a formula based on population, wealth and reception capabilities", she added.
Civil Liberties Committee Chair Claude Moraes (S&D, UK) stated:
"The revision of the Dublin regulation will be a key step to ensuring a compassionate and organised response to the biggest refugee crisis in Europe since the Second World War. With this in mind, it is key that the EU has in place an asylum system that is centred on the principle of solidarity and responsibility sharing between Member States as highlighted in Parliament's recent proposals for a holistic approach to migration.
The Civil Liberties Committee stands ready to work to improve the EU's asylum system in order to ensure that it takes into account particular migratory pressures faced by Members States on the periphery", ends Moraes.
On 16 March, the Civil Liberties Committee passed a non-legislative resolution on "A holistic approach to migration", prepared by Roberta Metsola (EPP, MT) and Kashetu Kyenge (S&D, IT). In the text, MEPs demand a radical overhaul of the Dublin regulation to ensure shared responsibility, solidarity and quicker processing of asylum claims. It also calls on member states to honour their commitments regarding relocation of refugees and insists on the need of a binding EU resettlement scheme. The draft resolution is scheduled for a final Plenary vote on 13 April in Strasbourg.