CJEU: T-192/16 NF v. European Council; T-193/16 NG v. European Council; T-257/16 NM v. European Council

Thursday, May 19, 2016

On 22 March and 19 May, three similar applications for annulment against the EU-Turkey Deal were lodged with the General of the EU Court of Justice under Article 263 TFEU. Two cases were brought on behalf of nationals from Pakistan residing in the “No Borders Refugee Camp” in Lesbos, Greece. The third one was launched by an Afghan national who is staying in the “Onofiyta Refugee Camp” in Athens, Greece.

The applicants consider the EU-Turkey Deal an agreement that exposes them to risks ofrefoulement to Turkey or ‘chain refoulement’ to Pakistan or Afghanistan, thereby obliging them to apply for international protection in Greece, against their will. The applicants have requested that the case will proceed under an expedited procedure.

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Accelerated procedure
Assessment of facts and circumstances
Effective access to procedures
Effective remedy (right to)
First country of asylum
Indirect refoulement
Individual assessment
Inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
Legal assistance / Legal representation / Legal aid
Right to remain pending a decision (Suspensive effect)
Safe third country