On June 21 2018, Advocate General Wathelet rendered his opinion in joined Cases C-391/16 M v Ministerstvo vnitra, C-77/17 and C-78/17 X v Commissaire général aux réfugiés et aux apatrides.

According to the Advocate General, the provisions of the Qualification Directive allowing a Member State to refuse or to revoke refugee status are compatible with EU lawGiven that the decision to refuse or to revoke refugee status does not impact on the fact that a person is a refugee, a Member State is required to ensure that the refugees concerned are afforded their rights resulting from the Geneva Convention.

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