POSITION (EU) No 7/2010 OF THE COUNCIL AT FIRST READINGwith a view to the adoption of a Decision of the European Parliament and of the Council amendingDecision No 573/2007/EC establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 byremoving funding for certain Community actions and altering the limit for funding such actionsAdopted by the Council on 25 February 2010
(2010/C 123 E/01)
THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL OF THEEUROPEAN UNION,
Having regard to the Treaty on the Functioning of the EuropeanUnion, and in particular Article 78(2) thereof,Having regard to the proposal from the European Commission,Acting in accordance with the ordinary legislative procedure (
The policy of the Union on the Common EuropeanAsylum System (the CEAS) is designed, under the termsof the Hague Programme, to establish a common asylumarea by means of an effective harmonised procedureconsistent with the values and humanitarian traditionof the European Union.
Much progress has been made in recent years towardsthe establishment of the CEAS, thanks to the intro
duction of common minimum standards. There remaingreat disparities between the Member States, however, inthe granting of international protection and the formsthat such protection takes.
In its Policy Plan on Asylum, adopted in June 2008, theCommission announced its intention to develop theCEAS by proposing a revision of the existing legalinstruments in order to achieve greater harmonisationof the applicable standards and by strengtheningsupport for practical cooperation between the MemberStates, in particular, by a legislative proposal to establisha European Asylum Support Office (the Support Office)in order to increase coordination of operational coop
eration between Member States so that the commonrules are implemented effectively.
In the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum,adopted in September 2008, the European Councilsolemnly reiterated that any persecuted foreigner isentitled to obtain aid and protection on the territory of the European Union in application of the GenevaConvention of 28 July 1951 relating to the Status of Refugees, as amended by the New York Protocol of 31 January 1967, and other relevant treaties. It wasalso expressly agreed that a European support officewould be established in 2009.
Practical cooperation on asylum aims to increaseconvergence and ensure ongoing quality of MemberStates' decision-making procedures in that area, withina European legislative framework. A substantial numberof practical cooperation measures has already beenundertaken in recent years, notably the adoption of acommon approach to information on countries of origin and the establishment of a common Europeanasylum curriculum. The Support Office should be estab
lished in order to strengthen and develop those coop
In the interests of simplifying actions to support practicalcooperation on asylum matters, and in so far as theSupport Office should be entrusted with some of thetasks that are currently financed under the EuropeanRefugee Fund, it is necessary to transfer responsibility for some of the Community actions provided for inArticle 4 of Decision No 573/2007/EC (
) from theEuropean Refugee Fund to the Support Office in orderto ensure the best possible practical cooperation onasylum matters.
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