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Civil Society and the Consultative Forum

Civil society organisations play an important role in the debate on and implementation of asylum policy. Their specific expertise and knowledge is synergetic and is often of added-value to the Agency’s work. The EUAA is committed to maintaining a close dialogue with relevant civil society organisations and competent bodies active in the field of asylum and reception.

The Consultative Forum 

The Consultative Forum is the Agency’s main channel for cooperation with civil society. Cooperation between the Agency and civil society is defined in Article 50 of the EUAA Regulation, which calls upon the Agency to maintain a close dialogue with relevant civil society organisations and competent bodies and to set up a Consultative Forum to that purpose as mechanism for the exchange of information and the sharing of knowledge. 

The Consultative Forum was initially established in 2011 as part of the European Asylum Support Office and has subsequently been re-constituted under the EUAA in a revised format and with a reinforced mandate. 

Management Board Decision No 111 establishes the Consultative Forum under the EUAA and sets out the rules regarding its composition and conditions for transmitting information thereto. The Management Board Decision will, in due time, be complemented by the working methods, which are to be established by the Consultative Forum itself.

Who can become a member of the EUAA Consultative Forum?  

In accordance with the EUAA Regulation and the MB Decision No 111, the Fundamental Rights Agency, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, and UNHCR are members of the EUAA Consultative Forum, having accepted the invitation. The Consultative Forum is further open for participation by relevant civil society organisations and competent bodies operating in the field of asylum policy at local, regional, national, Union or international level – provided they meet the conditions as set out in Annex 1 of MB Decision No 111. Following an open call for expressions of interest, the below organisations are currently members of the EUAA Consultative Forum.

Download the list of the EUAA Consultative Forum members


How to become a member of the EUAA Consultative Forum?

The call for expressions of interest from relevant civil society organisations and bodies to become members of the EUAA Consultative Forum remains open indefinitely. Should you be interested to join the Consultative Forum, here is what you should do: 



For any queries, please contact:



Overview of planned consultations with civil society in 2023:

Consultation on: Deadline Status
Call for Civil Society Input to the Asylum Report 2023 3 February 2023 Closed
Consultation on the Training Module Access to the asylum procedure 1 March 2023 Closed
Consultation on the Training module on Psychosocial support and guidance in reception 14 April 2023 Closed
Consultation on the Training module on Lodging an application for international protection 14 April 2023 Closed
Consultation on the Training module on inclusion advanced 14 July 2023 Closed
Call for civil society input to the Asylum Report 2024 30 November 2023 Open


Input from Civil Society to the Asylum Report 2023

  1. Accem 
  2. Arca di Noè Società Cooperativa Sociale 
  3. Association for Legal Intervention (Stowarzyszenie Interwencji Prawnej) 
  4. AsyLex
  5. Asylos
  6. Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN)
  7. Centro Astalli - ODV
  8. Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado -CEAR (Spanish Commission for Refugees)
  9. Convive - Fundación Cepaim 
  10. Danish Refugee Council - DRC
  11. Deutscher Anwaltverein - DAV
  12. DRC Greece
  13. European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  14. Forum Réfugiés Cosi
  15. Greek Council for Refugees 
  16. Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
  17. Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  18. I Have Rights
  19. Jesuit Refugee Service Luxembourg
  20. Jesuit Refugee Service Serbia
  21. Joint submission by Volontariato Internazionale per lo Sviluppo (VIS), Comitato per la promozione e protezione dei diritti umani, Associazione Don Bosco 2000, Salesiani per il Sociale, Forum per cambiare l’ordine delle cose
  22. L'Auberge des Migrants - Human Rights Observers
  23. Lithuanian Red Cross society
  24. Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights
  25. Migrant Integration Center - Brasov
  26. Migrant Offshore Aid Station - MOAS
  27. Multiculturalism and Migration Observatory - Cracow University of Economics
  28. Network for Children’s Rights
  29. Norwegian Organisation for Asylum Seekers (NOAS)
  30. Organisation for Aid to Refugees - OPU
  31. Organisation Intersex International Europe - OII Europe
  32. Österreichischer Rechtsanwaltskammertag - ÖRAK
  33. Progestion
  34. Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes - España (SJM)
  35. Slovak Humanitarian Council
  36. Stichting Gave
  37. Stichting Nidos
  38. Swiss Refugee Council (SFH/OSAR)
  39. The Rule of Law Institute
Consultative Forum Activities

EUAA Consultative Forum activities in 2023

Following the entry into force of the EUAA Regulation, the Consultative Forum was reconstituted in Q3 of 2022. Although reconstituted, in 2023, the Consultative Forum remains in a transitional phase until the working methods will have been established, which as per the EUAA Regulation need to be established by the Forum itself. As such, the development of the working methods is one of the key priorities in 2023. Another priority will be for the newly established thematic consultation groups (on Country of Origin Information and Vulnerable Groups, respectively) to meet and to kickstart their work. Next to that, the Forum will continue to implement other CF meetings and activities, including for example thematic meetings, information webinars, workshops and various other electronic consultations, all under the guidance of the CF Chair ad interim and assisted by the Consultative Forum Secretariat.

The table below presents a summary overview of the planned activities for the EUAA Consultative Forum in 2023.

Type of Activity Date
Development CF working methods By end of Q2
Thematic Consultation groups on COI and VG Q1 (for first meeting) and Q4 (for possible second meeting)
CF thematic meeting and consultations on training Q1 for thematic meeting
Q2-4 for consultations
Exchange between CF and FRO Regular exchange 
Exchange of views on the monitoring mechanism Q2
Ad hoc information webinars/workshops On a needs basis
Annual CF Plenary meeting  Q4
Electronic consultations on key Agency documents Throughout the year