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.
Transitioning from the Consultative Forum under EASO to the EUAA
The Consultative Forum is the main channel for the exchange of information and pooling of knowledge between the Agency and relevant civil society organisations and bodies. It was initially established in 2011 as part of the European Asylum Support Office. Over the years, the Agency has cooperated with civil society via Consultative Forum meetings, electronic consultations and selected CSO’s have also been invited to participate in different thematic activities.
With the entry into force of the EUAA Regulation, several changes are introduced to the Consultative Forum, requiring it to be re-established in a revised composition and set-up.
On 23 June 2022, the Management Board has adopted MB Decision No 111 establishing the Consultative Forum under the EUAA and setting out the rules regarding its composition and conditions for transmitting information thereto.
Pursuant to Article 3 of MB Decision No 111, the EUAA has opened a call for expressions of interest from relevant civil society organisations and bodies to become members of the EUAA Consultative Forum.
Please note that the initial deadline for submitting expressions of interest (which was set at 15th September 2022) has now expired. The Agency is currently reviewing the expressions of interests received within this deadline and the Consultative Forum under the EUAA will soon be reconstituted on this basis with its new members. You may still apply to become a member, but please be advised that your expression of interest will be processed with some delay towards the end of 2022.
If you are interested in becoming a member to the EUAA Consultative Forum, here is what you should do:
- Complete the online expression of interest form
- Sign and submit via e-mail the:
To be noted that the expression of interest to become member to the EUAA Consultative Forum is not complete until you have submitted your online application and e-mailed all three signed forms to email@example.com
Ongoing Consultative Forum activities
Until the revised Consultative Forum of the EUAA is in place, the Agency continues to organise and implement CF activities, including consultations and meetings.
For any queries, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
An important method for communicating with civil society takes place on the basis of electronic consultations. The Consultative Forum members are consulted on many of the EUAA's key documents. Electronic consultations are open to all members of the Consultative Forum and are used as much as possible as they ensure the broadest possible outreach, facilitating organisations to contribute in a cost-effective manner. Additionally, some consultations may also, for various reasons, be restricted to selected CF members. In those cases, selection is carried out on the basis of the following set of selection criteria:
- Relevance – of the organisation’s participation vis-à-vis the theme(s) discussed by the Consultative Forum.
- Knowledge and Expertise – degree of knowledge and expertise in the area(s) being dealt with by the Consultative Forum.
- Availability – of the organisation to get involved in the work of the Consultative Forum.
- Involvement at national and EU level – degree of involvement of the organisation in the relevant area(s) at national and EU level (European orientation).
- Affiliation – of the organisation in relevant networks/groups.
- Relationship – of the organisation with EUAA and/or involvement in EU Practical cooperation measures/training/academic activities in the field of asylum.
Overview of planned consultations with civil society in 2022:
||Deadline||Target Audience||Status||Form/Releted documents|
|Call for input to the Asylum Report 2022||21 February 2022||Members of the CF||
|Call for feedback on the preliminary EUAA 2023 Work Programme||31 January 2022||Members of the CF||Closed||
Please provide your contributions on the planned activities as outlined for 2023 directly to Corporate Planning, Monitoring and Reporting Sector by 31 January 2022.
Input from Civil Society to the Asylum Report 2022
- Abogacía Española
- Asylum Research Centre (ARC) Foundation
- Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN)
- Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Child Circle asbl
- Conseil National des Barreaux
- Convive - Fundación Cepaim
- Danish Refugee Council
- DRC Greece
- Dutch Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs_Dutch Advisory Council Migration
- European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
- European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRIs)
- European Network on Statelessness
- Forum réfugiés-Cosi
- Friedrich Ebert Foundation/ Global Public Policy Institute
- Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
- Human Rights League
- Hungarian Helsinki Committee
- International Organization for Migration (IOM)
- Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe
- Lithuanian Bar Association
- Migrant Integration Center, Brasov
- Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
- Migration Policy Institute Europe
- Mobile Info Team
- NANSEN, the Belgian Refugee Council
- Network for Children's Rights
- Organization for Aid to Refugees
- Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Brussels Office
- Spanish Commission for Refugees -CEAR
- Swiss Refugee Council
- University of Nicosia – miHUB
- VIS inputs in joint submission with Comitato per la promozione e protezione dei diritti umani, Don Bosco 2000, Salesiani per il Sociale
EUAA Consultative Forum activities in 2022
2022 will mostly be a transitional year for the Consultative Forum. The EUAA Regulation foresees changes to the CF; the Forum will become independent from the Agency and its role will be reinforced to advise the Executive Director and the Management Board on asylum-related matters. The main priority this year will therefore be the establishment and operationalisation of the revised CF under the EUAA.
Until the new Forum with revised governance structure is in place, the Agency will continue to organise and implement various CF meetings and activities, including workshops, information webinars and consultations.
The visual below provides a tentative overview of the planned CF meetings and activities for 2022 in each quarter:
In addition, CF members will of course continue to be consulted on other key Agency documents when relevant.
We invite you to watch this space for more information on upcoming Consultative Forum events.