4.9. Country of origin information

The section presents recent developments within national COI units and provides a brief overview of relevant EASO activities in 2018. Considering the still substantial number of pending cases, providing COI on a wide range of third countries and topics remains an essential component for well-informed, fair and well-founded decisions as well as for developing evidence-based policy. Some EU+ countries reported also additional pressure to prioritise on reducing this caseload (Belgium), or due to a widened scope of COI requested (including, for instance, more requests regarding medical treatment in countries of origin).