“Common European Asylum System (CEAS): Creation – Evolution – Existing Law” 9/5/2019

The second session of the seminar “Asylum and Refugee Law: Recent European Developments” entitled “Common European Asylum System (CEAS): Creation – Evolution – Existing Law” was successfully held on Thursday 9 May 2019. The speech began with the greeting of Ms. Chrysa Tsouka, Associate Professor at the Law School of the University of Athens. 

The first speaker, Mr. Stathis Poularakis, lawyer specializing in asylum and immigration, set the basis for the discussion by looking back on the transition from the Schengen Treaty to the Lisbon Treaty. The speech continued with extensive reference to the Common European Asylum System, as well as secondary EU legislation adopted. These acts, which were extensively analyzed, include the Guidelines on the Recognition of Refugee Status, the Asylum Procedures, and the Reception Conditions. Mr. Poularakis also referred to the Dublin III and Eurodac Regulations, as well as to the European Asylum Support Office (EASO). The first part of the presentation ended with a reference to European actions in response to the refugee crisis.

The second speaker, Ms. Emmanouella Papadopoulou, Assistant Professor of the Law School of the University of Athens, focused on her speech on the Dublin system and its evolution. The talk began with reference to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union articles on the area of ​​EU Freedom, Security and Justice, as well as border controls, asylum and immigration, such as the principle of refoulement, equal distribution of responsibilities etc. The speech continued with an extensive reference to international and EU asylum texts, with emphasis on the Dublin II Regulation and its development in 2013 as the Dublin III Regulation. Finally, summing up, she referred to the escalation of the refugee crisis in 2015, and what its consequences were for the Dublin system, while stressing the need to reform it.

The event continued with the second part of the presentation by Mr. Poularakis, who focused on the European dimension of migration, and in particular on the Greece-Germany relationship, as it has been shaped in recent years, while the talk concluded with reflections on the future of European Migration Policy. 

The discussion ended with questions from the participants.

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