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2013/0422(NLE) Arrangement EU/Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office

Progress: Procedure completed

RoleCommitteeRapporteurShadows
Lead LIBE METSOLA Roberta (icon: PPE PPE) GUILLAUME Sylvie (icon: S&D S&D), KIRKHOPE Timothy (icon: ECR ECR), WIKSTRÖM Cecilia (icon: ALDE ALDE), LAMBERT Jean (icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE)
Former Responsible Committee LIBE METSOLA Roberta (icon: PPE PPE)
Committee Opinion BUDG
Committee Opinion JURI
Former Committee Opinion AFET
Former Committee Opinion DEVE
Former Committee Opinion BUDG
Lead committee dossier:
Legal Basis:
TFEU 074, TFEU 078-p2, TFEU 218-p6a

Events

2016/03/11
   Final act published in Official Journal
Details

PURPOSE: to conclude the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

NON-LEGISLATIVE ACT: Council Decision (EU) 2016/350 on the conclusion of the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

CONTENT: under this Council Decision, the Arrangement between the European Union and Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office is hereby approved on behalf of the Union. The Arrangement was signed on 11 February 2014, subject to its conclusion.

To recall, Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council states that, to fulfil its purpose, the European Asylum Support Office, should be open to participation by countries which have concluded agreements with the EU by virtue of which they have adopted and apply EU law in the field covered by the Regulation, in particular, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland (associate countries).

Switzerland has concluded agreements with the EU, by virtue of which it has adopted and applies EU law in the field covered by the Regulation, in particular the Agreement between the European Community and the Swiss Confederation concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Switzerland.

Under this Arrangement, Switzerland shall:

participate fully in the work of the Support Office and be entitled to receive support actions from the Support Office; be represented in the Management Board of the Support Office as an observer without the right to vote; contribute to the revenue of the Support Office an annual sum calculated in accordance with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a percentage of the GDP of all participating States; apply its national rules concerning the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data; respect the rules on confidentiality of documents held by the Support Office; recognise the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union over the Support Office.

A Committee, composed of representatives of the European Commission and Switzerland, shall monitor the proper implementation of this Arrangement and ensure a continuous process of information provision and exchange of views in this respect.

Ireland and the United Kingdom shall participate in this Decision while Denmark shall not take part nor shall it be bound by it or subject to its application.

ENTRY INTO FORCE: 25.2.2016.

2016/02/25
   EP/CSL - Act adopted by Council after consultation of Parliament
2016/02/25
   EP - End of procedure in Parliament
2016/02/25
   CSL - Council Meeting
2015/12/15
   EP - Results of vote in Parliament
2015/12/15
   EP - Decision by Parliament
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The European Parliament adopted by 505 votes to 49, with 14 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the arrangement.

Documents
2015/11/30
   EP - Committee report tabled for plenary, 1st reading/single reading
Details

The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report by Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to conclusion of the Arrangement.

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2015/11/23
   EP - Vote in committee
2014/10/24
   EP - Committee draft report
Documents
2014/07/15
   EP - METSOLA Roberta (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2014/07/03
   EP - Committee referral announced in Parliament
2014/03/19
   EC - Legislative proposal published
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PURPOSE: to conclude the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: in accordance with a Council Decision, the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office was signed on, subject to its conclusion at a later date.

That Arrangement should now be approved on behalf of the Union.

CONTENT: the proposal invites the Council to adopt the decision concluding the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office, on behalf of the EU.

The President of the Council shall, on behalf of the Union and its Member States, give the notification provided for in the Arrangement.

The content of the Arrangement is in accordance with that proposed by the Commission (please see the summary of 10/12/2013).

Territorial provisions : the United Kingdom and Ireland are participating in this Decision. On the other hand, Denmark is not participating in the Decision.

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2014/02/11
   CSL - Council Meeting
2014/02/04
   CSL - Document attached to the procedure
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2014/01/30
   EP - METSOLA Roberta (PPE) appointed as rapporteur in LIBE
2013/12/10
   EC - Document attached to the procedure
2013/12/10
   EP - Preparatory document
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PURPOSE: to conclude the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 established the European Asylum Support Office to strengthen practical cooperation between Member States on asylum, enhance the implementation of the Common European Asylum System and support Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.

Accordingly, Article 49 (1) of the Regulation stipulates that the Support Office shall be open to the participation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as observers.

Arrangements shall be made, specifying in particular the nature, extent and manner in which those countries are to participate in the Support Office's work.

The participation of associate countries in the Support Office's work is not only a logical step, having regard to their association to the Dublin system, but also has a clear added value to the Support Office's support offer such as:

the exchange of best practices and expertise, the Support Office's permanent and emergency support, the Support Office's information gathering and analysis, the Support Office's early warning and preparedness system.

On that basis the Commission presented on 1 July 2011, a recommendation to the Council in order to authorise the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on international agreements establishing such arrangements.

The Commission received the Council authorisation to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on arrangements on the modalities of these countries' participation in EASO on 27 January 2012.

The negotiations were held jointly with all associate countries. Four rounds of negotiations took place.

The final text of the draft Arrangement with Liechtenstein was initialled on 28 June 2013.

It is now necessary to approve the Arrangement on behalf of the European Union.

CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

Main provisions of the Arrangement : the draft Arrangement foresees:

the full participation of Switzerland in the activities of the Support Office, representation in the Support Office's Management Board as an observer and without voting rights, annual financial contributions of Switzerland, to the budget of the Support Office by an annual sum calculated in accordance with its GDP as a percentage of GDP of all States participating in the Support Office's work. Switzerland accepted provisions concerning a possible increased contribution if the Union contribution is increased.

Institutional provisions : the draft Arrangement foresees the establishment of a committee composed of representatives of the Commission and of the associate countries. For reasons of efficiency, this committee shall meet jointly with the corresponding Committees set up with other associated countries participating on the basis of Article 49 (1) of the Regulation. The committee was not mentioned in the negotiating directives and has been requested by the associate countries in order to allow for an exchange of information and monitor the proper implementation of the Arrangement.

Financial contribution : Switzerland shall contribute to the revenue of the Support Office an annual sum calculated in accordance with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a percentage of the GDP of all participating States in accordance with the formula described in Annex I of the draft Arrangement.

Staff of the Support Office : the Staff Regulations of the European Union should apply to nationals of Switzerland recruited as staff members by the Support Office. Switzerland shall apply to the Support Office and to its staff the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the European Union as well as any rules adopted pursuant to this Protocol relating to staff matters of the Support Office.

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Votes

A8-0345/2015 - Roberta Metsola - Vote unique #

2015/12/15 Outcome: +: 505, -: 49, 0: 14
DE IT ES PL FR RO GB PT CZ BE SE HU NL BG AT SK HR FI DK EL IE LT SI LV EE CY MT LU
Total
59
56
39
36
58
28
59
18
18
16
15
20
19
12
14
10
9
9
9
16
8
7
7
6
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5
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174

Denmark PPE

For (1)

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icon: S&D S&D
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Cyprus S&D

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1
icon: ALDE ALDE
54

Romania ALDE

3

United Kingdom ALDE

1

Bulgaria ALDE

2

Austria ALDE

For (1)

1

Croatia ALDE

2

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2

Lithuania ALDE

2

Slovenia ALDE

For (1)

1

Latvia ALDE

1

Estonia ALDE

2

Luxembourg ALDE

For (1)

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icon: ECR ECR
46

Germany ECR

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Italy ECR

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Romania ECR

For (1)

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1

Denmark GUE/NGL

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1

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icon: Verts/ALE Verts/ALE
32

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2

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1

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1

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1
icon: NI NI
11

Germany NI

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2

Poland NI

Abstain (1)

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1
3
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33

Poland EFDD

1

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29

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        • date: 2015-12-15T00:00:00 type: Results of vote in Parliament body: EP docs: url: https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/sda.do?id=26448&l=en title: Results of vote in Parliament
        • date: 2015-12-15T00:00:00 type: Decision by Parliament, 1st reading/single reading body: EP docs: url: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=TA&language=EN&reference=P8-TA-2015-0424 title: T8-0424/2015 summary: The European Parliament adopted by 505 votes to 49, with 14 abstentions, a legislative resolution on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office. Parliament gave its consent to the conclusion of the arrangement.
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        • The Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs adopted the report by Roberta METSOLA (EPP, MT) on the draft Council decision on the conclusion of the Arrangement between the European Union and the Swiss Confederation on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office (EASO).

          The committee recommended the European Parliament to give its consent to conclusion of the Arrangement.

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        PURPOSE: to conclude the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

        BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 established the European Asylum Support Office to strengthen practical cooperation between Member States on asylum, enhance the implementation of the Common European Asylum System and support Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.

        Accordingly, Article 49 (1) of the Regulation stipulates that the Support Office shall be open to the participation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as observers.

        Arrangements shall be made, specifying in particular the nature, extent and manner in which those countries are to participate in the Support Office's work.

        The participation of associate countries in the Support Office's work is not only a logical step, having regard to their association to the Dublin system, but also has a clear added value to the Support Office's support offer such as:

        • the exchange of best practices and expertise,
        • the Support Office's permanent and emergency support,
        • the Support Office's information gathering and analysis,
        • the Support Office's early warning and preparedness system.

        On that basis the Commission presented on 1 July 2011, a recommendation to the Council in order to authorise the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on international agreements establishing such arrangements.

        The Commission received the Council authorisation to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on arrangements on the modalities of these countries’ participation in EASO on 27 January 2012.

        The negotiations were held jointly with all associate countries. Four rounds of negotiations took place.

        The final text of the draft Arrangement with Liechtenstein was initialled on 28 June 2013.

        It is now necessary to approve the Arrangement on behalf of the European Union.

        CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

        Main provisions of the Arrangement: the draft Arrangement foresees:

        • the full participation of Switzerland in the activities of the Support Office,
        • representation in the Support Office's Management Board as an observer and without voting rights,
        • annual financial contributions of Switzerland, to the budget of the Support Office by an annual sum calculated in accordance with its GDP as a percentage of GDP of all States participating in the Support Office's work. Switzerland accepted provisions concerning a possible increased contribution if the Union contribution is increased.

        Institutional provisions: the draft Arrangement foresees the establishment of a committee composed of representatives of the Commission and of the associate countries. For reasons of efficiency, this committee shall meet jointly with the corresponding Committees set up with other associated countries participating on the basis of Article 49 (1) of the Regulation. The committee was not mentioned in the negotiating directives and has been requested by the associate countries in order to allow for an exchange of information and monitor the proper implementation of the Arrangement.

        Financial contribution: Switzerland shall contribute to the revenue of the Support Office an annual sum calculated in accordance with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a percentage of the GDP of all participating States in accordance with the formula described in Annex I of the draft Arrangement.

        Staff of the Support Office: the Staff Regulations of the European Union should apply to nationals of Switzerland recruited as staff members by the Support Office. Switzerland shall apply to the Support Office and to its staff the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the European Union as well as any rules adopted pursuant to this Protocol relating to staff matters of the Support Office.

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        PURPOSE: to conclude the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

        PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

        ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act.

        BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 established the European Asylum Support Office to strengthen practical cooperation between Member States on asylum, enhance the implementation of the Common European Asylum System and support Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.

        Accordingly, Article 49 (1) of the Regulation stipulates that the Support Office shall be open to the participation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as observers.

        Arrangements shall be made, specifying in particular the nature, extent and manner in which those countries are to participate in the Support Office's work.

        The participation of associate countries in the Support Office's work is not only a logical step, having regard to their association to the Dublin system, but also has a clear added value to the Support Office's support offer such as:

        • the exchange of best practices and expertise,
        • the Support Office's permanent and emergency support,
        • the Support Office's information gathering and analysis,
        • the Support Office's early warning and preparedness system.

        On that basis the Commission presented on 1 July 2011, a recommendation to the Council in order to authorise the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on international agreements establishing such arrangements.

        The Commission received the Council authorisation to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on arrangements on the modalities of these countries' participation in EASO on 27 January 2012.

        The negotiations were held jointly with all associate countries. Four rounds of negotiations took place.

        The final text of the draft Arrangement with Liechtenstein was initialled on 28 June 2013.

        It is now necessary to approve the Arrangement on behalf of the European Union.

        CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

        Main provisions of the Arrangement: the draft Arrangement foresees:

        • the full participation of Switzerland in the activities of the Support Office,
        • representation in the Support Office's Management Board as an observer and without voting rights,
        • annual financial contributions of Switzerland, to the budget of the Support Office by an annual sum calculated in accordance with its GDP as a percentage of GDP of all States participating in the Support Office's work. Switzerland accepted provisions concerning a possible increased contribution if the Union contribution is increased.

        Institutional provisions: the draft Arrangement foresees the establishment of a committee composed of representatives of the Commission and of the associate countries. For reasons of efficiency, this committee shall meet jointly with the corresponding Committees set up with other associated countries participating on the basis of Article 49 (1) of the Regulation. The committee was not mentioned in the negotiating directives and has been requested by the associate countries in order to allow for an exchange of information and monitor the proper implementation of the Arrangement.

        Financial contribution: Switzerland shall contribute to the revenue of the Support Office an annual sum calculated in accordance with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a percentage of the GDP of all participating States in accordance with the formula described in Annex I of the draft Arrangement.

        Staff of the Support Office: the Staff Regulations of the European Union should apply to nationals of Switzerland recruited as staff members by the Support Office. Switzerland shall apply to the Support Office and to its staff the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the European Union as well as any rules adopted pursuant to this Protocol relating to staff matters of the Support Office.

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        • PURPOSE: to conclude the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

          PROPOSED ACT: Council Decision.

          ROLE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT: Council may adopt the act only if Parliament has given its consent to the act. 

          BACKGROUND: Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 established the European Asylum Support Office to strengthen practical cooperation between Member States on asylum, enhance the implementation of the Common European Asylum System and support Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure.

          Accordingly, Article 49 (1) of the Regulation stipulates that the Support Office shall be open to the participation of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland as observers.

          Arrangements shall be made, specifying in particular the nature, extent and manner in which those countries are to participate in the Support Office's work.

          The participation of associate countries in the Support Office's work is not only a logical step, having regard to their association to the Dublin system, but also has a clear added value to the Support Office's support offer such as:

          • the exchange of best practices and expertise,
          • the Support Office's permanent and emergency support,
          • the Support Office's information gathering and analysis,
          • the Support Office's early warning and preparedness system.

          On that basis the Commission presented on 1 July 2011, a recommendation to the Council in order to authorise the Commission to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on international agreements establishing such arrangements.

          The Commission received the Council authorisation to open negotiations with Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein on arrangements on the modalities of these countries’ participation in EASO on 27 January 2012.

          The negotiations were held jointly with all associate countries. Four rounds of negotiations took place.

          The final text of the draft Arrangement with Liechtenstein was initialled on 28 June 2013.

          It is now necessary to approve the Arrangement on behalf of the European Union.

          CONTENT: with this proposed Decision, the Council is called upon to approve, on behalf of the Union, the Arrangement with Switzerland on the modalities of its participation in the European Asylum Support Office.

          Main provisions of the Arrangement: the draft Arrangement foresees:

          • the full participation of Switzerland in the activities of the Support Office,
          • representation in the Support Office's Management Board as an observer and without voting rights,
          • annual financial contributions of Switzerland, to the budget of the Support Office by an annual sum calculated in accordance with its GDP as a percentage of GDP of all States participating in the Support Office's work. Switzerland accepted provisions concerning a possible increased contribution if the Union contribution is increased.

          Institutional provisions: the draft Arrangement foresees the establishment of a committee composed of representatives of the Commission and of the associate countries. For reasons of efficiency, this committee shall meet jointly with the corresponding Committees set up with other associated countries participating on the basis of Article 49 (1) of the Regulation. The committee was not mentioned in the negotiating directives and has been requested by the associate countries in order to allow for an exchange of information and monitor the proper implementation of the Arrangement.

          Financial contribution: Switzerland shall contribute to the revenue of the Support Office an annual sum calculated in accordance with its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as a percentage of the GDP of all participating States in accordance with the formula described in Annex I of the draft Arrangement.

          Staff of the Support Office: the Staff Regulations of the European Union should apply to nationals of Switzerland recruited as staff members by the Support Office. Switzerland shall apply to the Support Office and to its staff the Protocol on the Privileges and Immunities of the European Union as well as any rules adopted pursuant to this Protocol relating to staff matters of the Support Office.

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