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Parliamentary questions
18 November 2008
Answer given by Mr Barrot on behalf of the Commission

In accordance with the EC asylum acquis and in particular Council Directive 2005/85/EC on minimum standards on procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing refugee status(1), Member States shall ensure access to the asylum procedure for third-country nationals or stateless persons who have made an application for international protection or who have expressed a wish to make such an application. Council Directive 2005/85/EC as it stands now does not require Member States to verify ex officio the possible needs of international protection of third-country nationals. Based on the information provided by the Honourable Member, the Commission is not in a position to appreciate whether the relevant provisions of the EC asylum acquis have been respected in the case under discussion by the Italian authorities.

Regulation (EC) No 562/2006 (Schengen Borders Code)(2) is not relevant in this case, as the persons entered Italy via an internal border.

Regarding the readmission agreement the Honourable Member refers to, the Commission will write to the Italian authorities in order to obtain information with a view to assess its conformity with the EC asylum acquis.

(1)OJ L 326, 13.12.2005.
(2)OJ L 105, 13.4.2006.

OJ C 316, 23/12/2009
Last updated: 21 November 2008Legal notice