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European Common Asylum Policy

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make a statement on the European Common Asylum Policy. (113497)

The UK has opted-in to all asylum directives and is in the process of implementing the first stage of the Common European Asylum system. At the European Council in December 2006 EU member states agreed to realise the Common European Asylum System by the end of 2010, starting with a preliminary evaluation of its first phase in 2007. The development of its second phase will be accompanied by a strengthening of practical co-operation in the area of asylum.