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No videoconferencing by the CGRS in open asylum reception centres

Council of State suspended the intention of the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons to conduct interviews with asylum seekers in open reception centres by videoconference

On November 18, 2020, the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons announced that a pilot project would be launched in the near future whereby personal interviews with asylum seekers residing in open asylum centres would be conducted by videoconference. An appeal in case of extreme urgency against this decision was lodged with the Council of State by the Bar Association of French-speaking and German-speaking Lawyers, Ciré, Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen, Nansen and the Ligue des droits humains with success.

On December 7, 2020, the Council of State suspended this regulation because it considered that the Commissioner General for Refugees and Stateless Persons was not competent to issue such a regulation. This can only be done by royal decree, which must ensure that the fundamental rights of applicants for international protection are safeguarded.

If you would like more information about the asylum procedure, please contact Mr. Veerle Vanneuville ( or 03 / 248.06.02) of Mr. Marileen Vandenberghe ( or 03 / 248.06.02).

Council of State, Judgment n° 249.163