New Pact on Migration and Asylum: new mandate, new start for the European Union Agency for Asylum
Today, the new European Union Agency for Asylum starts work with its reinforced mandate, building on the achievements of its predecessor, the European Asylum Support Office. The new agency is a key deliverable under the New Pact on Migration and Asylum. It will help ensure that asylum decisions are taken in a fast and fair manner and that reception standards converge across the EU, bringing more uniformity in decision making and alignment between Member States' asylum systems.
A stronger agency to support the EU's asylum system
Building on the experience of the European Asylum Support Office, the new agency will have a reinforced mandate that will contribute to:
An independent Fundamental Rights Officer and a new complaints mechanism will ensure the safeguard of asylum applicants' rights.
Over the past 10 years, EASO trained more than 40,000 people across Member States, registered 40% of all asylum applications in Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta, carried out 80% of best interest assessments for children in Greece and supported all post disembarkation relocations from Cyprus, Italy and Malta.
The new agency will receive €172 million of EU funds in 2022 and will launch 8 operations (in Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Spain) supporting asylum and reception authorities in Member States with almost 2,000 personnel.
Its new reserve of 500 experts will also provide more effective support to national asylum systems facing a high caseload, making the overall EU migration management system more efficient and sustainable.
The new EUAA is the second legislative proposal to be implemented under the New Pact, following agreement on the Blue Card Directive in May 2021. Operational aspects are also already being implemented, such as enhanced work on the external dimension of migration policy, stronger coordination on returns, or the deployment of European Border and Coast Guard standing corps. Negotiations on the remaining legislative proposals continue in the European Parliament and the Council.