Cookies on this website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Continue' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

In the Tampere Conclusions, the European Council pledged to develop ‘common standards for a fair and efficient asylum procedure’ in Europe. This chapter considers whether this commitment has been met in the Procedures Directive. In this discussion, fairness is understood in a general sense, as familiar from administrative law, requiring adequate hearing and impartiality, albeit adapted to the specificities of the asylum process. Efficiency is a more difficult concept. It tends to be conceived of in a narrow state-centric manner, as the minimisation of the costs of providing protection, in a manner apt to undermine fairness. The Tampere commitment in contrast implies that the notions must be conceived of as mutually reinforcing.

More information

Type

Working paper

Publisher

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees

Publication Date

11/2006

Volume

134

Total pages

37