VALLETTA, MALTA - JUNE 19: Malta Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi (center), Malta Home Affairs Minister Carm Misfud Bonnici (right), EU Commissioner for Home Affairs Cecilia Malmstrom (rear left) and EASO Executive Director Robert Visser (rear right) enter the Upper Barrakka Gardens for the EASO (European Asylum Support Office) inauguration in Valletta, Malta, on June 19, 2011. EASO, the European Asylum Support Office, was inaugurated by Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi and European Home Affairs Commissioner Cecilia Malmström at the Upper Barrakka Gardens,Valletta.
The EASO is a regulatory agency set up to improve the implementation of the Common European Asylum System, develop practical cooperation among member states on asylum, and support member states experiencing particular pressure on their asylum systems. Malta lobbied hard to make it the first EU agency based on its shores.
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