Is this the end of a system deemed increasingly inefficient and unfair? The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, in any case raised high expectations Wednesday morning by announcing to the European Parliament that she intended to put an end to the Dublin Regulation, this system which governs the responsibilities of the Member States in the processing of asylum applications and which Switzerland has been resuming since 2008. This will be formalized on September 23 as part of the European Pact on Immigration and Asylum, which is supposed to relaunch the asylum reform which has been deadlocked for five years. A vote could therefore be necessary depending on the changes made.
The president also assured that with the end of Dublin, a “new strong mechanism of solidarity” would be put in place. She said no more. At most, she announced “common structures for asylum and return”. And a “more human” approach, especially with regard to rescues at sea.