The European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) is an agency of the European Union mandated with supporting Member States in applying the package of EU laws that governs asylum, international protection and reception conditions, known as the Common European Asylum System (CEAS).
The EUAA acts as a resource for Member States in the field of international protection, with the ability to provide practical, legal, technical, advisory and operational assistance in many formats. The Agency does not replace the national asylum or reception authorities, which are ultimately entirely responsible for their procedures and systems.
The ultimate aim of the EUAA’s work is to reach a situation where the asylum practices in all EU+ Member States are harmonised in line with EU obligations, meaning that an application of an individual in any of the EU+ Member States will always receive the same result. Similarly, an applicant will always go through a similar procedure with similar conditions, no matter which Member State s/he applies in, and will enjoy the same rights, obligations and reception conditions.
The Common European Asylum System (CEAS), establishes the legally binding rules and procedures that Member States must follow in order to guarantee that the rights of applicants for international protection are fully respected. It also ensures that those who do not qualify for international protection are identified and can be returned to their country of origin.
- The EUAA’s mandate is to support Member States in applying the package of EU laws which governs international protection, known as the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
- The Agency works to help Member States ensure fast and efficient asylum procedures, as well as high-quality reception standards;
- The ultimate aim of the EUAA’s work is to reach a situation where the asylum practices in all EU+ Member States are harmonised;
- To do this, the EUAA has progressed from an initial emphasis on technical support to an equal focus on the deployment of operational and capacity building assistance;
- The EUAA is a resource for Member States in the field of international protection and reception, with the ability to provide practical, legal, technical, advisory and operational assistance in many formats;
- The Agency does not replace national asylum authorities, which are entirely responsible for national asylum cases.
In order to achieve these goals, the EUAA assists Member States through three pillars of support:
The values of the Agency are:
- Support – for Member States and stakeholders;
- Responsibility – towards those in need of protection, in line with the values the EU is founded upon;
- Expertise – in the rules and legal obligations which form the Common European Asylum System (CEAS);
- Responsiveness – to the challenges and changing needs of Member States in properly managing asylum and reception services of member States;
- Resilience – of a future-proof European area of international protection which is able to adapt without sacrificing respect for human rights and protection;
- Efficiency – through the responsible and effective use of public resources, both within the Agency as well as in Europe’s implementation of the CEAS.