May, 6th 2008 - The European Parliament has been granted more power on the issue of immigration

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In the case law C-133/06 opposing the European Parliament and the Council, the Court of Justice decided yesterday in favour of the European Parliament. The judgment delivered on the 6th of May 2008 annulled clauses contained in the EU directive 2005/85/CE dealing with the minimum standards on procedures in member states for granting and withdrawing refugee status. With this judgment, the European Parliament has been granted more say on this issue: while it was only consulted according to the previous directive, it has been turned into a real co-legislator on equal footing with the Council. Thus, from now on, the list of ‘safe countries of origin’ will have to be agreed under the co-decision procedure.

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