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Asylum policy

In 1999 the EU Heads of State and Government called for the establishment of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS), on the basis of the principles agreed at the European Council in Tampere.

The Stockholm Program (2010-2014) restates that the setting-up of CEAS remains a high political priority for the EU which will be completed in 2012. The Stockholm Program promotes effective solidarity between member states which are facing pressures in terms of asylum seekers and encourages voluntary participation of EU”s member states at common relocation EU”s regime.  

The current development of the CEAS is based on three principles :

  • Higher common standards of protection by further alignment of Member State asylum legislation.
  • Effective and well supported practical cooperation.
  • Higher degree of solidarity and responsibility among Member States, as well as between the EU and third countries.