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.
 

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. 

 

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If you are interested in becoming a member to the EUAA Consultative Forum, here is what you should do: 

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 consultative-forum@euaa.europa.eu
 

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. 

Contact

For any queries, please contact: consultative-forum@euaa.europa.eu
 

Consultations

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:

Consultation Description
 
Deadline      Target Audience Status Form/Releted documents
Call for input to the Asylum Report 2022 21 February 2022     Members of the CF      

Closed

 

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
For any information kindly contact consultative-forum@euaa.europa.eu

 

Input from Civil Society to the Asylum Report 2022

  1. Abogacía Española
  2. AsyLex
  3. Asylum Research Centre (ARC) Foundation
  4. Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN)
  5. Centre for Migration Law, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  6. Child Circle asbl
  7. Conseil National des Barreaux
  8. Convive - Fundación Cepaim
  9. Danish Refugee Council
  10. DRC Greece
  11. Dutch Advisory Committee on Migration Affairs_Dutch Advisory Council Migration
  12. European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE)
  13. European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRIs)
  14. European Network on Statelessness
  15. Forum réfugiés-Cosi
  16. Friedrich Ebert Foundation/ Global Public Policy Institute
  17. Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights
  18. Human Rights League
  19. HumanRights360
  20. Hungarian Helsinki Committee
  21. International Organization for Migration (IOM)
  22. INTERSOS
  23. Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Europe
  24. Lithuanian Bar Association
  25. METAdrasi 
  26. Migrant Integration Center, Brasov
  27. Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS)
  28. Migration Policy Institute Europe
  29. Mobile Info Team
  30. NANSEN, the Belgian Refugee Council 
  31. Network for Children's Rights
  32. Organization for Aid to Refugees
  33. Protestant Church in Germany (EKD), Brussels Office
  34. Spanish Commission for Refugees -CEAR
  35. Swiss Refugee Council
  36. University of Nicosia – miHUB
  37. VIS inputs in joint submission with Comitato per la promozione e protezione dei diritti umani, Don Bosco 2000, Salesiani per il Sociale  
Consultative Forum Activities

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:  

Consultative forum 2022

 
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.  

Webinar ‘Who is who’ in International protection, 25th May 2022

On the 25th of May, the Consultative Forum in collaboration with colleagues from the Information and Analysis Sector organised a webinar on the ‘Who is who in International Protection’ mapping project.  The webinar, which was followed by around 30 civil society organisations,  provided a live demonstration of the ‘Who is who’ project developed by the EUAA, which maps all the different stakeholders and their role in asylum and reception at European, national and local levels. The overall project will feed into a publicly available overview of all relevant actors with the following two main outputs i) a one-time publication listing and describing all stakeholders grouped per thematic activity, and ii) an online available database including an overview of all stakeholders which will be regularly updated. 

During the webinar, participants were introduced to the civil society component of the Who is Who project. Under this component, the aim is to map relevant civil society organisations active in the field of asylum. Participants were presented with the draft survey that will be used for this mapping.  The next steps of the project were also discussed with the participants and valuable feedback was collected from respective civil society organisations.  On 1st June,  an invitation was shared inviting interested civil society organisations with expertise in the area of asylum and migration to participate in the information collection exercise by filling out the following survey. The plan is to have the civil society section ready by the first quarter in 2023.  

Find more information on the ‘Who is who’ project.

Meeting documents:

For any questions please write to: Consultative-Forum@euaa.europa.eu