JHA Council 25-26 October: one step closer to a Common European Asylum System

The Justice and Home Affairs Council (JHA) achieved a Political Agreement on the Reception Conditions Directive, discussed recent developments in Syria and council conclusions were endorsed concerning the new EU strategy to combat human trafficking.

the following points were discussed during the JHA Council:

  • The JHA Council reached a Political Agreement on the Reception Conditions Directive, which marks an important development in the efforts to establish a Common European Asylum System (CEAS).
  • Ministers also discussed the pressing humanitarian and refugee crisis in Syria, while the Commission updated the JHA Council on the developments for the establishment of a Regional Protection Program in response to the Syrian crisis.
  • During the JHA Council meeting, ministers also endorsed the Revised Draft Council Conclusions for the new EU Strategy towards the Eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings 2012–2016. 
  • The Cyprus Presidency invited the Western Balkans to take all necessary measures against the abuse of the EU visa liberalisation

More information on the outcome of this JHA Council and a state of play on the CEAS can be found here


Publication Date: Mon 29 Oct 2012
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