Following on from EASO’s call for civil society input to the 2017 EASO Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum, we are happy to announce that we have received 27 contributions from Civil Society Organisations to date. We would like to sincerely thank all who have taken the time to prepare and send us their input.
While EASO continues work on information gathering and the drafting of the Report, any additional input that Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) would like to share with EASO on issues relevant to the Annual Report can still be communicated at: Consultative-Forum@easo.europa.eu
The upcoming 2017 Annual Report on the Situation of Asylum in the EU will provide detailed analysis on the developments during the year in key areas of the CEAS, looking into available statistical data, legislative and policy changes, main achievements and areas of concern.
As in previous years, input provided by the civil society will feed into the Report, in order to bring a broad and comprehensive perspective on current issues. A preliminary analysis of the input which has been received indicates that the most significant concerns raised by civil society appear to relate to certain problems in accessing the territory and subsequently the asylum procedure, need for further efforts to achieve full and systematic access to legal assistance, as well as problems regarding the provision of interpretation services. Civil society also noted concerns related to the reception of applicants. Finally, CSOs pointed to certain concerns as regards the identification and catering to the specific needs of vulnerable group.
In order to further explore issues raised by CSOs and gain more insights to feed into the Annual Report, a civil society-oriented Consultative Forum Thematic Meeting titled “Access to information: exploring existing resources, good practices, and ways forward” is scheduled to take place on 28th March at EASO premises in Malta. Should your organization have relevant experience with regard to the provision of information, and should you be interested in participating, please contact Consultative-Forum@easo.europa.eu for further information.