State of the Union 2018: A reinforced European Union Agency for Asylum – Questions and Answers

European Commission
Fact Sheet
Strasbourg, 12 September 2018

Why is the Commission proposing to reinforce the European Union Agency for Asylum? EU Leaders meeting in June 2018 agreed that migration is a challenge "not only for a single Member State but for Europe as a whole". To effectively manage migration, address the current needs and possible future challenges, the European Union has to boost its means of providing European solidarity, the future European Union Agency for Asylum being an essential tool for this.As a key pillar of an efficient Common European Asylum System, the EU's Asylum Agency must be able to provide the operational and technical assistance Member States need, when they need it, to better manage migration. This support should go hand in hand with the work of the European Border and Coast Guard and other EU Agencies to offer fully integrated European support on borders, asylum and returns.This is why the Commission is proposing targeted amendments to the proposal on the EU Agency for Asylum: to extend the operational and...
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