Ensuring the principle of the best interests of the child: the case of transposition and implementation of the Directives 2013/32/EU and 2013/33/EU in Lithuania

Research Paper by Mykolas Šavelskis



This article analyses and evaluates the transposition of the latest Common European Asylum System Directives 2013/32/EU on common procedures for granting and withdrawing international protection and 2013/33/EU laying down standards for the reception of applicants for international protection in Lithuania, concentrating on the ensuring one of the most prominent contemporary human rights principle, also enshrined in these two directives - the best interests of the child. For this purpose, Lithuanian legislation is analyzed and evaluated, indicating good and bad transposition and implementation practices; also practical recommendations how to improve transposition and implementation and thus strengthen CEAS and make it more effective are formulated.