EASO Executive Director - Lookback at Year 2020 and Wishes for 2021

Dear readers,

Another year has come and gone! 

I would like to say thank you for being with us and reading our latest news and developments in the year 2020, and wish you all Happy New Year and all the best for 2021! 

2020 has been a completely different kind of year! In fact, all of us needed to adapt in one or more ways. The pandemic changed our personal and work plans, challenged many of our perceptions of what is important in life, and forced us to compromise with our comfort in terms of socialising, traveling and communication.

At EASO, our response to the pandemic was fast and efficient! Despite many challenges, EASO has proved to be well equipped by increasing its productivity and activities throughout the year.

Various notable advancemEASO ED Mission to Greece, October 2020ents in 2020 have underlined our commitment to our stakeholders throughout the ongoing global pandemic.

We have continued to provide our support to all Member States with our practical tools, guidance and by continuously engaging 
within our specialised networks. In turn, these networks have enabled national asylum and reception authorities to share challenges and best practices, thus sustaining asylum procedures within the pandemic. We also continued, almost uninterrupted, with our training activities by quickly transitioning to online. We had more than 8 000 participants in 2020, reaching a total of 50 000 participations since we started our training activities in 2012. We also continued the important work of providing our operational support to major EU countries of first arrival with the deployment of almost 2 000 personnel. 

With the addition of a new operation in Spain, in 2021 EASO will provide operational support to national asylum and reception authorities in all five Mediterranean EU Member States which receive the most asylum applications, accounting for 50% of the Agency’s budget. The Operating Plans for 2021 with Malta, Greece, Cyprus and Italy have all been signed, and specifically to Spain, we have committed to support the country in developing a new model for the reception of asylum applicants. 

Please enjoy reading about some of the many activities and events which EASO carried out towards the end of 2020.

I am happy to see the calendar go from 2020 to 2021, and am grateful for those who join me in greeting the new year with hope. 
Stay safe and healthy!

Nina Gregori
EASO Executive Director 

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