• Miscellaneous :
    • The Athens Administrative Court of First Instance explicitly ruled that the practice of indefinite administrative detention of third-country nationals was in direct violation of national, European and International Law: click here
    • The FRA (ECtHR) updated its Handbook on European Law relating to asylum, borders and Immigration including the specific chapter devoted to detention and restrictions to freedom of movement (pp. 141-171).
    • On the 28 March 2014, the European Commission published its communication on the EU return policy, aimed at reporting on the changes to EU return policy over recent years, analysing its impact, and presenting some ideas for future developments.
    • Recent research studies: G.D.R. – ELSJ, Implementation of Art. 15 RD in Italy, Spain and Cyprus,19 March 2014.
    • On the initiative of Judge Nataliya Angelova, who participates in the project CONTENTION, the Sofia City Administrative Court of the Republic of Bulgaria submitted in March 2014 a request for preliminary ruling to the Court of Justice of the European Union (Mahdi, C-146/14 PPU) regarding the interpretation of different provisions of Art. 15 EU Return Directive. The Court delivered its judgment on 5 June 2014 where it notably stated that the extension of the detention period must be justified in fact and law and requires an in-depth examination of the circumstances of the case. In this regard, such extension might be motivated by the absence of identity document only when it concretely amounts to a lack of cooperation from the TCN.

An update of the project CONTENTION was presented on the occasion of the 14th edition of the Odysseus Summer School on EU Immigration and Asylum Law, held on the 30 -11 July 2014 (Brussels).

CONTENTION was also presented on the occasion of the Seminar “Asylum seekers and third states’ citizens in the view of European Union law and European convention of human right” organized on 9 may 2014 by ACA Europe (Association of the Councils of State and Supreme administrative Jurisdictions on the European Union) and recently promoted on the occasion of the Final Conference of the project MADE REAL (alternatives to immigration detention in the EU), organized by Odysseus Network, in Brussels on 6 February 2015.