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House approves legal aid for international protection status appellants  

The House plenum has unanimously passed a law providing for legal aid to applicants for  international protection status.

The move was aimed at harmonising national legislation with an EU directive.

Eligible for the legal aid, according to the new law, are those who file for appeal before the Administrative Court against a number of decisions, provided there is actual likelihood of the success of their appeal.

International protection applicants will be allowed legal aid in cases when they appeal against an action before the Administrative Court concerning any adverse decision taken under the Refugee Law and affects or precludes his or her legal status.

The same is true if a decision affects individually the international protection applicant and concerns the provision, withdrawal or restriction of advantages provided for in the EU Directive 2013/33 as regards residence or free movement.

Legal aid will also be provided in cases when the international protection applicant wishes to appeal against any decision concerning his or her transport to another EU member-state as part of the Dublin Regulation.

The government had received a warning from the EU last year for delaying to harmonise its laws with the directive in question.

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