Communication from the European Commission on Temporary Protection Directive for Displaced Persons from Ukraine

European Commission

On 4 March 2022, the Council adopted Council Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/382 establishing the existence of a mass influx of displaced persons from Ukraine within the meaning of Article 5 of Directive 2001/55/EC, and having the effect of introducing temporary protection (the Council Decision) ( 1 ). It entered into force on the same day. Based on the recent questions from Member States on the implementation of the Council Decision and Directive 2001/55/EC (the ‘Temporary Protection Directive’), the Commission has identified a number of issues on which it finds it useful to provide guidance to Member States.

These issues are covered by the annexed guidelines, such as the scope (persons covered/not covered by the Council Decision, family members), and how to handle children, including unaccompanied minors. The guidelines also cover the question of the right to move freely between Member States, registration and provision of information.