Cyprus Mail

European asylum chief on visit to Cyprus

José Carreira

The Executive Director of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), José Carreira, was in Cyprus on Wednesday in the framework of the agency’s ongoing efforts provide support.

Carreira discussed EASO’s operational support with Interior Minister Constantinos Petrides and with the Head of the Cyprus’ Asylum Service and Acting Head of the Civil Registry and Migration Department, Makis Polydorou.

Following the meeting, Petrides emphasised the importance of EASO’s support to Cyprus in improving and enhancing the Cypriot asylum and reception system.

“In this challenging period of refugee crisis, EASO proved that it can provide practical, efficient and timely support following a request by a Member State. We would like to thank EASO for its flexibility and immediate response to each of our requests for support and also the Member States which, in the framework of solidarity, nominated a number of experts, who contributed significantly in the successful implementation of the activities set out in the EASO Special Support Plan to Cyprus,” he said.

Carreira was also due to visit the asylum reception centre in Kofinou.

On February 28 this year, EASO and Cyprus signed an agreement

which provides further tailor-made support to Cyprus until January 31, 2018.

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