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Role: The European Union is working towards a Common European Asylum System. EASO supports its implementation by applying a bottom-up approach. The aim is to ensure that individual asylum cases are dealt with in a coherent way by all Member States.
Executive Director: Nina Gregori
EASO’s history: The Tampere European Council of 1999 agreed on the establishment of a Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The EU 2004 Hague Programme proposed the establishment of the European Asylum Support Office. The Office was conceived to play a crucial role in ensuring practical cooperation between Member States on matters related to asylum. The European Commission proposed the creation of EASO on 18 February 2009.
Location: La Valeta (Malta).
EASO is an agency of the European Union set up by Regulation (EU) 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council. The agency:
What do they do?
EASO provides different kinds of support:
- permanent support: supporting and stimulating the common quality of the asylum process through common training, common asylum training material, common quality and common Country of Origin Information (COI);
- special support: tailor-made assistance, capacity building, relocation, specific support and special quality control tools;
- emergency support: organising solidarity for Member States subject to particular pressures by providing temporary support and assistance to repair or rebuild asylum and reception systems;
- information and analysis support: sharing and merging information and data, analyses and assessments at EU level, including EU-wide trend analyses and assessments;
- third-country (i.e. non-member country) support: supporting the external dimension of the Common European Asylum System, supporting partnerships with third countries to reach common solutions, including by capacity building and regional protection programmes, and coordinating Member States’ actions on resettlement.
EASO’s principles to fulfil its tasks are:
- organising support and assistance for the general or specific needs of the Member States’ asylum systems;
- coordinating and stimulating operational cooperation between Member States and enhancing quality;
- acting as an independent centre of expertise on asylum;
- organising EU-wide analyses and assessments of asylum data;
- facilitating and stimulating joint action and ensuring consistency within the asylum field;
- engaging with the full commitment of Member States;
- respecting the responsibility of Member States and their asylum decisions;
- cooperating with the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union, as well as other EU institutions, agencies and bodies;
- involving international organisations and civil society; and
- performing its duties as a service-oriented, impartial and transparent organisation within the EU legal, policy and institutional framework.
Estructura de la organización de la EASO
The administrative and management structure of EASO comprises the Management Board and the Executive Director. The Executive Director is assisted by the Management Team. EASO is currently made up of around 300 staff members which are based in Malta or deployed in the countries where EASO operates.
|EASO Management Team|
|Nina GREGORI||Executive Director [CV]|
|Alexander SOREL||Senior Adviser to the Executive Director|
|Mark CAMILLERI||Head of Executive Office Head of Administration Centre (C4) a.i.|
|Patrick AUSTIN||Head of Operational Support Centre (C1) a.i. Head of Country Operations Unit|
|Malin LARSSON-GRAVE||Head of Horizontal Operations and External Dimension Unit a.i.|
|Rachelle CORTIS||Head of Training and Professional Development Centre (C2) a.i. Head of Training Development Unit|
|Karolina MARCJANIK||Head of Training Implementation Unit a.i.|
|Ward LUTIN||Head of Asylum Knowledge Centre (C3)|
|Christophe HESSELS||Head of Third Country Research Unit a.i.|
|Joao FERNANDES||Head of ICT Unit|
|Fernando RAMOS||Head of Finance and Procurement Unit|