European Journal of Migration and Law 7 : 369–376, 2005. © 2005 Koninklijke Brill NV . Printed in the Netherlands. 369 * University of Aarhus Law School, Denmark. 1 Presidency Conclusions – Tampere European Council, 15–16 October 1999, SN 200/99, p. 3 (italics added). 2 Ibid ., p. 4 (italics added). Common EU Standards on Asylum – Optional Harmonisation and Exclusive Procedures? JENS VEDSTED-HANSEN* Background: The Tampere Aspirations Any attempt to assess the outcome of the legislative programme laid down in Title IV of the EC Treaty, as amended by the 1997 Treaty of Amsterdam, can naturally take the aspirations pronounced by the Tampere European Council in October 1999 as its point of reference. In Conclusion 13, the European Council reafﬁrmed “the importance the Union and Member States attach to absolute respect of the right to seek asylum” and agreed to work towards establishing “a Common European Asylum System, based on the full and inclusive application of the Geneva Convention , thus ensuring that nobody is sent back to persecution, i.e. maintaining the principle of non-refoulement ”. 1 The more operational Conclusion 14 outlined the Common European Asylum System in this manner: “This system should include, in the
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