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*Law of Aliens

Published on June 10th, 2018 | by Georgia Archonti

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Belgium: “implicit decision” to extend time limit to carry out Dublin transfer is an actionable measure and must respect right to defence

On 8 May 2018, the Belgian Council for Alien Law Litigation (CALL) ruled on two cases (no. 203 684 and no. 203 685) that an implicit decision by national authorities to extend the time limit to transfer an asylum applicant from six to eighteen months, as per Article 29(2) of the Dublin III Regulation (DRIII), is a measure that can be challenged before national courts. The cases concerned, respectively, a Syrian and a Ghanaian nationals whose transfers to Italy were requested in application of the DRIII. The Belgian authorities informed their Italian counterparts about the decision to extend the time limit to carry out the transfer to eighteen months alleging that the applicants had absconded.

The Belgian CALL found that the right to defence under the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the principle of good administration, particularly the duty to state reasons, as well as Article 62(2) of the Aliens Act, require an authority that wishes to resort to the possibility of extending the time limit to carry out a Dublin transfer to issue a substantiated decision in the form of a written act.

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