Proposal for a Directive laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection (recast)

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Series Details (2016) 465 final
Publication Date 14/06/2018
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The European Commission adopted on 13 July 2016 a proposal reforming rules on reception of applicants for international protection, laid out by the Reception Conditions Directive (Directive 2013/33/EU).

The European Parliament's relevant committee adopted the draft position on this proposal on 25 April 2017, while the plenary session approved a mandate for trilogue negotiations on 17 May. The Council of the European Union's committee of permanent representatives adopted its position and mandate on 29 November. An informal agreement between the institutions was reached on 14 June 2018.

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The 2015 migration crisis exposed the need to ensure greater consistency in reception conditions across the European Union and the need for Member States to be better prepared to deal with disproportionate numbers of migrants. Wide divergences in the level of reception conditions provided by the Member States became visible.

The Reception Conditions Directive provides for minimum harmonisation of standards for the reception of applicants for international protection in the EU. The draft law aims to limit secondary movements by further harmonising standards and limiting access to reception conditions to the member state responsible for the application for international protection.

This proposal was put forward in the context of a legislative package on the reform of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which was included in the European Agenda on Migration launched in May 2015. The CEAS is based on rules determining the Member State responsible for applicants for international protection, common standards for asylum procedures, reception conditions, recognition and protection of beneficiaries of international protection.

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EUR-Lex: COM(2016)465: Follow the progress of this proposal through the decision-making procedure
EP: Legislative Observatory: Procedure file on Reception of applicants for international protection (Recast)
European Parliament: Press Release, 14.06.18: Reception conditions for asylum-seekers agreed between MEPs and Council
European Parliament: Press Release, 25.04.17: Ease access to labour market for asylum-seekers to boost integration, MEPs say
EurActiv, 04.05.17: [Opinion] Europe’s stateless locked in limbo
EPRS: Briefing, July 2017: Reception of asylum-seekers - recast Directive
Council of the European Union: Press Release, 29.11.17: Reception conditions for asylum applicants: Council agrees mandate for negotiations
Legislative Train: Reform of the reception conditions directive

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