Amended proposed Directive on minimum standards on procedure for granting and withdrawing refugee status

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Full-text (23.4.04, pdf). See also ECRE, Amnesty and Human Rights Watch: NGO press release "expressing deep concern at the expected agreement in breach of international law" (28.4.04, link). This follows an earlier call for the draft Directive on asylum procedures to be scrapped. The EU is expected to adopt the proposal at the JHA Council on 29-30 April.

Another text prepared for the JHA Council is a draft "Minimum common list of safe countries of origin" Full-text (21.4.04, pdf). The countries named are: Benin, Botswana, Cape Verde, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Mali, Mauritius, Senegal, Uruguay in addition to Bulgaria and Romania - though there are suggestions that the list may be dropped as there is not agreement on it.

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