EASO and Cyprus sign hosting agreement

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A hosting agreement between the European Asylum Support Office and Cyprus was signed in Nicosia, Cyprus on Thursday. The agreement provides legal clarity to the status of EASO in the country, thus allowing the European Agency to be better able to support the asylum authorities in the country.

The European Agency supports Cypriot authorities with the registration of applications for international protection and in improving reception conditions, not only in the accommodation centre in Kofinou but also at the reception centre in Kokkinotrimithia. It also supports the authorities in the area of data management and coordination.

EASO’s executive director Nina Gregory said that the agreement will allow the agency to continue providing even more tangible support. She thanked Interior Minister Costantinos Petrides. The signing of this agreement means that the European Agency will scale up its support for the Cypriot authorities.

The European Agency has been expanding the technical and operational assistance to the country since 2014. A new operating plan was signed with Cyprus in December 2018, following a surge in asylum applications.

In its statement the agency said that it hopes that hosting agreements with Greece and Italy will be concluded as soon as possible.