Source description last updated: 1 September 2020

In brief: The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) is an agency of the European Union that seeks to foster practical cooperation between EU member states in asylum issues.

Coverage on ecoi.net:

COI reports and position papers/country guidelines

Covered daily on ecoi.net, for countries of priorities A–E (all available countries).

Mission/Mandate/Objectives:

“EASO is an agency of the European Union set up by Regulation (EU) 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council.” (EASO website: About Us, undated)

“[T]he European Asylum Support Office (EASO) plays a key role in the implementation of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), fostering greater cooperation with and between Member States and providing the necessary support in order to translate into practice the core values of the CEAS, equity and fairness, and to ensure that individual asylum cases are dealt with in a coherent way by all Member States.” (EASO: European Asylum Support Office, undated)

EASO “support[s] and stimulat[es] the common quality of the asylum process through common training, common asylum training material, common quality and common Country of Origin Information (COI)” (EASO website: What we do, undated).

EASO “acts as a clearing-house for European Country of Origin Information by drafting COI reports on major countries of origin, enhancing practical cooperation via meetings of country experts”. It also manages the EASO COI Portal. (EASO website: Information & Analysis, undated)

EASO “gathers targeted, relevant, reliable, accurate and up-to-date country of origin information in a transparent and impartial manner according to a published methodology” (EASO website: Country of Origin Information, undated).

“The EASO COI Portal provides access to Country of Origin Information (COI) ) for use in Protection Status Determination procedures” and “provides selected COI authored by EU+ national asylum authorities, EASO and other EU institutions (for example, the EU External Action Service).” (EASO website: Welcome to the EASO COI Portal, undated)

Funding:

EU budget

Scope of reporting:

Geographic focus: all countries of origin of asylum-seekers to the European Union

Thematic focus: human rights issues, security, socio-economic issues, societal norms, military service, situation of women, situation of LGBT persons, trafficking in humans, internal displacement, etc.

Methodology:

EASO’s COI research methodology is explained in detail in the following document, published in June 2019: https://coi.easo.europa.eu/administration/easo/PLib/2019_EASO_COI_Report_Methodology.pdf

Languages of publication:

English, with some reports translated into other EU languages

Further reading / links:

Regulation (EU) No 439/2010 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 May 2010 establishing a European Asylum Support Office
https://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2010:132:0011:0028:EN:PDF

The EASO COI Portal, which provides COI authored by EU member states authorities, by EASO and by other EU institutions: https://coi.easo.europa.eu/

ecoi.net-Blog: EASO COI Report Methodology 2019 and Writing and Referencing Guide, 17 June 2019
https://www.ecoi.net/en/blog/easo-coi-report-methodology-2019-and-writing-and-referencing-guide

Asylum Research Centre regularly comments on EASO reports, and provides news related to COI selected from EASO’s newsletters: https://asylumresearchcentre.org/publications/#European-Asylum-Support-Office

 

All links accessed 1 September 2020.