The EASO COI Portal provides access to Country of Origin Information (COI) ) for use in Protection Status Determination procedures. It is managed by the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) in cooperation with the national asylum authorities of EU+ states (EU Member States plus Norway and Switzerland). For more information on EASO, see below.
The EASO COI Portal provides selected COI authored by EU+ national asylum authorities, EASO and other EU institutions (for example, the EU External Action Service). This is the initial version of the Portal (BETA). It will be further developed throughout 2016. Users can expect new functionalities on a regular basis. Additionally, for non-English documents, more English abstracts will be provided in the future, allowing users to identify relevant information.
EASO is an agency of the European Union that plays a key role in the concrete development of the Common European Asylum System. It has been established with the aim of enhancing practical cooperation on asylum matters and helping Member States fulfil their European and international obligations to give protection to people in need. EASO acts as a centre of expertise on asylum. It also provides support to Member States whose asylum and reception systems are under particular pressure. For more information on EASO, visit EASO's website.
EASO and COI
EASO aims to contribute to the harmonisation of COI practices and products, to raise quality standards, and to strengthen information-sharing and COI cooperation among EU+. EASO has established and coordinates COI Specialists Networks on the top countries of origin at EU+ level. The COI networks are composed of researchers specialised on a specific country who exchange information and harmonise practices. Currently, the following networks are active: Afghanistan, Eritrea, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Syria and Ukraine. The agency also facilitates and coordinates the joint production or peer review of COI reports, queries or COI guides which then become EASO products. It organises COI workshops and conferences on specific countries or topics and assists EU+ states in COI capacity-building.
The EASO COI Portal holds carefully selected information on countries of origin to assist asylum practitioners (COI researchers, caseworkers, decision and policy-makers, lawyers, legal aid providers and judges).
It allows users to be updated on COI-related events and publications and on COI workshops or conferences organised by EASO. Recently redesigned and opened to the public, the EASO COI Portal will be continually enhanced to better serve the needs of asylum practitioners. The COI Portal is managed by EASO in cooperation with EU+ states' national asylum authorities.