In 1999, at a special meeting in Tampere, Finland, the European Council agreed upon to establish a Common European Asylum System. A two-step procedure was envisaged for the implementation. First, minimum standards for the asylum procedure as well as for the reception conditions should be adopted. The second phase of harmonisation should lead to a common asylum procedure and a uniform status for refugees and the beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. The second phase of harmonisation was completed by the asylum package, which had been finished by June 2013. The goal of this process was to reduce multiply asylum applications and migratory movements (asylum shopping) of refugees.The Common European Asylum System (CEAS) is made up of the Dublin-Regulation and the Eurodac-Regulation, five directives and the European Asylum Support Office in Malta. This thesis analyses the Common European Asylum System and the prevailing legal framework for refugees in the European Union. Furthermore, the thesis at hand should clarify, whether the aim of the second phase of harmonisation, to establish a common asylum procedure, could be reached.