Council of Europe Conferences of Ministers of Justice

28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice

"Emerging issues of access tjustice for vulnerable groups, in particular:
- migrants and asylum seekers;
- children, including children as perpetrators of crime"

25-26 October 2007, Lanzarote, Spain

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  1. ASYLUM
  2. EXTERNAL BORDERS
  3. VISA
  4. IMMIGRATION
  5. EU CITIZENSHIP
  6. JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CIVIL MATTERS
  7. JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CRIMINAL MATTERS 
  8. HUMAN RIGHTS RELATED INSTRUMENTS
  9. OTHER

I. ASYLUM

A. Legislative acts adopted after entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty (1st May 1999)

  • Council Directive 2005/85/EC of 1 December 2005 on minimum standards on procedures in Member States for granting and withdrawing refugee status (OJ L 326 of 13 December 2005, p. 13);
  • Council Decision 2004/927/EC of 22 December 2004 providing for certain areas covered by Title IV of Part Three of the Treaty establishing the European Community to be governed by the procedure laid down in Article 251 of that Treaty (OJ L 396 of 31 December 2004 p. 45);
  • Council Decision 2004/904/EC of 2 December 2004 establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2005 to 2010 (OJ L 381 of 28 December 2004 p. 52) ;
  • Commission Decision 2006/399/EC of 20 January 2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2004/904/EC as regards the eligibility of expenditure within the framework of actions co-financed by the European Refugee Fund implemented in the Member States (OJ L 162 of 14 June 2006, p. 1);
  • Commission Decision 2006/400/EC of 20 January 2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2004/904/EC as regards procedures for making financial corrections in the context of actions co-financed by the European Refugee Fund (OJ L 162 of 14 June 2006, p. 11);
  • Commission Decision 2006/401/EC of 20 January 2006 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2004/904/EC as regards Member States management and control systems, and rules for the administrative and financial management of projects co-financed by the European Refugee Fund , (OJ L 162 of 14 June 2006, p. 20);
  • Decision n° 572/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the European Refugee Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 as part of the General programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" and repealing Council Decision2004/904/EC (OJ L 144 of 6 June 2007, p. 1);
  • Regulation (EC) No 491/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 10 March 2004 establishing a programme for financial and technical assistance to third countries in the areas of migration and asylum (AENEAS), (OJ L 80 of 18 March 2004, p. 1);
  • Regulation (EC) No 1905/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation (OJ L 378, 27.12.2006) - Thematic Programme on cooperation with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum (Article 16)
  • Council Directive 2004/83/EC of 29 April 2004 on minimum standards for the qualification and status of third country nationals or stateless persons as refugees or as persons who otherwise need international protection and the content of the protection granted (OJ L 304 of 30 September 2004, p. 12);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 of 18 February 2003 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national (OJ L 50 of 25 of February 2003, p.1);
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1560/2003 of 2 September 2003 laying down detailed rules for the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national (OJ L 222 of 5 September 2003, p. 1);
  • Council Directive 2003/9/EC of 27 January 2003 laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers (OJ L 31 of 6 February 2003, p. 18);
  • Council Decision 2002/817/EC of 23 September 2002 on the conclusion of the Convention between the European Community and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) concerning aid to refugees in the countries in the Near East (2002 to 2005) (OJ L 281 of 19 October 2002, p. 10);
  • Council Decision 2002/223/EC of 19 December 2001 on the conclusion of an Agreement in the form of an Exchange of Letters between the European Community and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) concerning additional funding in 2001 under the current EC-UNRWA Convention for the years 1999 to 2001 (OJ L 075 of 16 March 2002, p. 46);
  • Council Directive 2001/55/EC of 20 July 2001 on minimum standards for giving temporary protection in the event of a mass influx of displaced persons and on measures promoting a balance of efforts between Member States in receiving such persons and bearing the consequences thereof (OJ L 212 of 7 August 2001, p. 12);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 2725/2000 of 11 December 2000 concerning the establishment of 'Eurodac' for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention (OJ L 316 of 15 December 2000, p.1); Council Regulation (EC) No 407/2002 of 28 February 2002 laying down certain rules to implement Regulation (EC) No 2725/2000 concerning the establishment of "Eurodac" for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention (OJ L 62 of 5 March 2002, p. 1);
  • Regulation (EC) No 1987/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) (OJ L 381 of 28 December 2006, p. 4);
  • Regulation 1986/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 regarding access to the Second Generation Schengen Information System (SIS II) by the services in the Member States responsible for issuing vehicle registration certificates (OJ L 381 of 28 december2006, p. 1).
  • Council Decision 2006/688/EC of 5 October 2006 on the establishment of a mutual information mechanism concerning Member States' measures in the areas of asylum and immigration (OJ L 283 of 14 October 2006, p. 40);
  • Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 on Community statistics on migration and international protection and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 311/76 on the compilation of statistics on foreign workers ( OJ L 199, 31.7.2007)

B. International Agreements

  • Council decision 2006/188/EC of 21 February 2006 on the conclusion of an Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark extending to Denmark the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national and Council Regulation (EC) No 2725/2000 concerning the establishment of “Eurodac” for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention (OJ L 66 of 8 March 2006, p. 37).
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark extending to Denmark the provisions of Council Regulation (EC) No 343/2003 establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an asylum application lodged in one of the Member States by a third-country national and Council Regulation (EC) No 2725/2000 concerning the establishment of “Eurodac” for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Dublin Convention, 21 February 2006 (OJ L 66 of 8 March 2006, p. 38) ,
  • Council decision 2006/167/EC of 21 February 2006 on the conclusion of a Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway, concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Iceland or Norway (OJ L 57 of 28 February 2006, p. 15);
  • Protocol to the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway, concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Iceland or Norway (OJ L 57 of 28 February 2006, p. 16);
  • Council Decision 2001/258 of 15 March 2001 concerning the conclusion of an Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or Iceland or Norway (OJ L 93 of 3 April 2001, p. 38);
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway concerning the criteria and mechanisms for establishing the State responsible for examining a request for asylum lodged in a Member State or in Iceland or Norway (OJ L 93 of 3 April 2001, p. 40).
  • Indicative list of agreements, conventions and protocols to which the new Member States must indirectly accede
  • Convention relating to the Status of Refugees (Geneva, 28 July 1951) ;

    - Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees (New-York, 31 January 1967).

C. Other acts adopted before entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty (1st May 1999)

  • Council Resolution 97/C 221/03 of 26 June 1997 on unaccompanied minors who are nationals of third countries (OJ C 221 of 19 July 1997, p. 23);
  • Council Decision 97/420/JHA of 26 June 1997 on monitoring the implementation of instruments adopted concerning asylum (OJ L 178 of 7 July 1997, p. 6);
  • Joint Position 96/196/JHA of 4 March 1996 defined by the Council on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on the harmonized application of the definition of the term 'refugee' in Article 1 of the Geneva Convention of 28 July 1951 relating to the status of refugees (OJ L 63 of 13 of March 1996);
  • Council Decision 96/198/JHA of 4 March 1996 on an alert and emergency procedure for burden-sharing with regard to the admission and residence of displaced persons on a temporary basis (OJ L 063 of 13 of March 1996, p. 10);
  • Council Decision of 23 November 1995 on publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities of acts and other texts adopted by the Council in the field of asylum and immigration (OJ C 274 of 19 of September 1996, p.1);
  • Council Resolution of 25 September 1995 on burden- sharing with regard to the admission and residence of displaced persons on a temporary basis (OJ C 262 of 7 October 1995, p. 1);
  • Council Resolution of 20 June 1995 on minimum guarantees for asylum procedures (OJ L 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 13);
  • Resolution adopted 30 November 1992 on a harmonised approach to questions concerning host third countries: Document WG I 1283;
  • Resolution adopted 30 November 1992 on manifestly unfounded applications for asylum: Document WG I 1282 REV 1;
  • Conclusions adopted the 30 November 1992 concerning countries in which there is generally no serious risk of persecutions: Document WG I 1281.

II. EXTERNAL BORDERS

A. Conventions to which accession is obligatory

  • None

B. Joint Actions, Joint Positions (Maastricht Treaty);

  • Common Positions, Framework Decisions and Decisions (Amsterdam Treaty)
  • Instruments adopted under the TEC
  • Joint Action 96/197/JHA of 4 March 1996 adopted by the Council on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on airport transit arrangements (OJ L 063 of 13 March 1996, p. 8) ;
  • Joint Position 96/622/JHA of 25 October 1996 defined by the Council on the basis of Article K.3 (2) (a) of the Treaty on European Union, on pre-frontier assistance and training assignments (OJ L 281 of 31 October 1996, p. 1);
  • Joint Action 98/700/JHA of 3 December 1998 adopted by the Council on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union concerning the setting up of a European Image Archiving System (FADO - False and Authentic Documents) (OJ L 333 of 9 December 1998, p. 4);
  • Council Decision 2000/261/JHA of 27 March 2000 on the improved exchange of information to combat counterfeit travel documents (OJ L 81 of 1 April 2000, p.1);
  • Council Decision 2000/751/EC of 30 November 2000 on declassifying certain parts of the Common Manual adopted by the Executive Committee established by the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985, (OJ L 303 of 2 December 2000, p. 29);
  • Decision n° 572/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the External Borders Fund for the period 2007 to 2013 as part of the General programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" (OJ L 144 of 6 June 2007, p. 22);
  • Council Directive 2004/82/EC of 29 April 2004 on the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data (OJ L 261 of 6 August 2004, p. 24);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 2007/2004 of 26 October 2004 establishing a European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (OJ L 349 of 25 November 2004, p. 1);
  • Council Decision (2005/358/EC) of 26 April 2005 designating the seat of the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union, (OJ L 114 of 4 May 2005, p. 13);
  • Council Decision 2007/511/EC of 15 February 2007 on the conclusion, on behalf of the Community, and on the provisional application of the Arrangement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the modalities of the participation by those States in the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (OJ L 188 of 20 July 2007, p. 15);
  • Council Decision 2007/512/EC of 15 February 2007 on the signing, on behalf of the Community, and on the provisional application of the Arrangement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the modalities of the participation by those States in the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (OJ L 188 of 20 July 2007, p. 17);
  • Arrangement between the European Community and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the modalities of the participation by those States in the European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union (OJ L 188 of 20 July 2007, p. 19);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 2252/2004 of 13 December 2004 on standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States (OJ L 385 of 29 December 2004, p. 1);
  • Commission Decision of 28 February 2005 laying down the technical specifications on the standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States (C(2005) 409 final);
  • A Commission decision (C (2006) 2909 final) laying down the technical specifications on the standards for security features and biometrics in passports and travel documents issued by Member States was adopted on 28 June 2006 ;
  • Regulation (EC) N° 562/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 March 2006 establishing a Community Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across the borders (Schengen Borders Code) (OJ L 105 of 13 April 2006, p. 1) ;
  • Decision No 895/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 introducing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on unilateral recognition by the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia of certain documents as equivalent to their national visas for the purposes of transit through their territories (OJ L 167 of 20 June 2006, p. 1) ;
  • Decision No 896/2006/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 establishing a simplified regime for the control of persons at the external borders based on the unilateral recognition by the Member States of certain residence permits issued by Switzerland and Liechtenstein for the purpose of transit through their territory (OJ L 167 of 20 June 2006, p. 8) .
  • C. Other European Union Instruments and documents
  • Council Recommendation 98/C 189/02 of 28 May 1998 on the provision of forgery detection equipment at ports of entry to the European Union (OJ C 189 of 17 June 1998, p. 19);
  • Resolution 2000/C 310/01 of the representatives of the governments of the Member States, meeting within the Council of 17 October 2000 supplementing the Resolutions of 23 June 1981, 30 June 1982, 14 July 1986 and 10 July 1995 as regards the security characteristics of passports and other travel documents (OJ C 310 of 28 October 2000, p. 1).

III. VISA

A. Conventions to which accession is obligatory

  • None

B. Joint Actions, Joint Positions (Maastricht Treaty);

  • Common Positions, Framework Decisions and Decisions (Amsterdam Treaty)
  • Instruments adopted under the TEC
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 of 29 May 1995 laying down a uniform format for visas (OJ L 164, of 14 July 1995, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 334/2002 of 18 February 2002 amending Regulation (EC) No 1683/95 laying down a uniform format for visas (OJ L 53 of 23 February 2002, p. 7);
  • Council Regulation (EC) NO 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement ( OJ L 81 of 21 March 2001, p. 1);
  • – Council Regulation (EC) No 2414/2001 of 7 December 2001 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders of Member States and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 327 of 12 December 2001, p.1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 453/2003 of 6 March 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 69 of 6 March 2003, p. 10) ;
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 851/2005 of 2 June 2005 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement as regards the reciprocity mechanism (OJ L 141 of 4 June 2005, p. 3) ;
  • Statement on Council Regulation (EC), No 851/2005 of 2 June 2005 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 as regards the reciprocity mechanism (OJ L 185 of 16 July 2005, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1932/2006 of 2 June 2005 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ L 405 of 30 December 2006, p. 23);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 789/2001 of 24 April 2001 reserving to the Council implementing powers with regard to certain detailed provisions and practical procedures for examining visa applications (OJ L 116 of 26 April 2001, p. 2);
  • Council Decision 2007/519/EC of 16 July 2007 amending Part 2 of the Schengen consultation network (technical specifications (OJ L 192 of 24 July 2007, p. 26);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1091/2001 of 28 May 2001 on freedom of movement with a long-stay visa (OJ L 150 of 6 June 2001, p. 4);
  • Common Consular Instructions on visas for the diplomatic missions and consular posts (OJ C 313 of 16 December 2002, p. 1 and OJ C 326 of 22 December 2005, p. 1) ;
  • Council Decision 2003/454/EC of 13 June 2003 amending Annex 12 of the Common Consular Instructions and Annex 14a of the Common Manual on visa fees (OJ L 152 of 20 June 2003, p. 82);
  • Council Decision 2003/585/EC of 28 July 2003 amending Annex 2, Schedule A, of the Common Consular Instructions and Annex 5, Schedule A, of the Common Manual on the visa requirements for holders of Pakistani diplomatic passports (OJ L 198 of 6 August 2003, p. 13);
  • Council Decision 2003/586/EC of 28 July 2003 on the amendment of Annex 3, Part I, of the Common Consular Instructions and Annex 5a, Part I, of the Common Manual on third country nationals subject to airport visa requirements (OJ L 198 of 6 August 2003, p. 15);
  • Council Decision 2004/14/EC of 22 December 2003 amending the third subparagraph (Basic criteria for examining applications) of Part V of the Common Consular Instructions 22.12.2003 (OJ L 5 of 9 January 2004, p. 74);
  • Council Decision 2004/15/EC of 22 December 2003 amending point 1.2 of Part II of the Common Consular Instructions and drawing up a new Annex thereto (OJ L 5 of 9 January 2004, p. 76);
  • Council Decision 2004/16/EC of 22 December 2003 on downgrading Annex 5 to the Common Consular Instructions and the corresponding Annex 14b to the Common Manual and on declassifying Annexes 9 and 10 to the Common Consular Instructions and the corresponding Annexes 6b and 6c to the Common Manual (OJ L 5 of 9 January 2004, p. 78);
  • Council Decision 2004/17/EC of 22 December 2003 amending Part V, point 1.4, of the Common Consular Instructions and Part I, point 4.1.2 of the Common Manual as regards inclusion of the requirement to be in possession of travel medical insurance as one of the supporting documents for the grant of a uniform entry visa (OJ L 5 of 9 January 2004, p. 79);
  • Council Decision 2006/440/EC of 1 June 2006 amending Annex 12 to the Common Consular Instructions and Annex 14a to the Common Manual on the fees to be charged corresponding to the administrative costs of processing visa applications (OJ L 175 of 29 June 2006, p. 77);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 333/2002 of 18 February 2002 on a uniform format for forms for affixing the visa issued by Member States to persons holding travel documents not recognised by the Member State drawing up the form (OJ L 53 of 23 February 2002, p. 4);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 415/2003 of 27 February 2003 on the issue of visas at the border, including the issue of such visas to seamen in transit (OJ L 64 of 7 March 2003, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation 693/2003/EC of 14 April 2003 establishing a specific Facilitated Transit Document (FTD), a Facilitated Rail Transit Document (FRTD) and amending the Common Consular Instructions and the Common Manual (OJ L 99 of 17 April 2003, p. 8);
  • Council Regulation No 694/2003/EC of 14 April 2003 on uniform formats for Facilitated Transit Documents (FTD) and Facilitated Rail Transit Documents (FRTD) provided for in Regulation (EC) No 693/2003 (OJ L 99 of 17 April 2003, p. 15);
  • Council Decision 2004/512/EC of 8 June 2004 establishing the Visa Information System (VIS) (OJ L 213 of 15 June 2004, p. 5);
  • Commission Decision C(2003) 5213 of 30 December 2003 – Financial assistance for Lithuania in implementing the Facilitated Transit Document (FTD) and Facilitated Rail Transit Document (FRTD) scheme established by Council Regulation (EC) 693/2003 and Council Regulation (EC) 694/2003.
  • Commission Decision C(2004) 248 of 5 February 2004 on the management and monitoring of the Schengen Facility
  • Council Decision 2005/367/EC of 14 April 2005 authorising Member States to ratify in the interests of the Community the Seafarer’s Identity Document Convention of the International Labour Organisation (Convention 185) (OJ L 136 of 30. May 2005, p. 1).
  • C. Other European Union Instruments and documents
  • Council Recommendation 96/C 80/01 of 4 March 1996 relating to local consular cooperation regarding visas (OJ C 80 of 18 March 1996, p. 1);
  • Council Recommendation 1999/C 140/01 of 29 April 1999 on the provisions for the detection of falsified documents in the visa departments of representations abroad and in the offices of domestic authorities dealing with the issue or extension of visas (OJ C 140 of 20 May 1999, p. 1);
  • Commission Recommendation 2004/645/EC of 16 September 2004 on the implementation by the consular offices of the Member States of the Memorandum of Understanding between the European Community and the National Tourism Administration of the People’s Republic of China on visa and related issues concerning tourist groups from the People’s Republic of China (ADS) (notified under document number C(2004) 2886) (OJ L 296 of 21 September 2004, p. 23);
  • Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council 2005/761/EC of 28 September 2005 to facilitate the issue by the Member States of uniform short-stay visas for researchers from third countries travelling within the Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research (OJ L 289 of 3 November 2005, p. 23); Council Recommendation (2005/762/EC) of 12 October 2005 to facilitate the admission of third-country nationals to carry out scientific research in the European Community (OJ L 289 of 3 November 2005, p. 26).

IV. IMMIGRATION

ADMISSION

A. Legislative acts adopted after entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty (1st May 1999)

  • Regulation (EC) No 862/2007 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 July 2007 on Community statistics on migration and international protection and repealing Council Regulation (EEC) No 311/76 on the compilation of statistics on foreign workers ( OJ L 199, 31.7.2007)
  • Council Decision N° 2007/435/EC of 25 June 2007 establishing the European Fund for the Integration of third-country nationals for the period 2007 to 2013 as part of the General programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows″, (OJ L 168 of 28 June 2007, p. 18).
  • Regulation (EC) No 1905/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 establishing a financing instrument for development cooperation (OJ L 378, 27.12.2006) - Thematic Programme on cooperation with third countries in the areas of migration and asylum (Article 16)
  • Council Decision 2006/688/EC of 5 October 2006 on the establishment of a mutual information mechanism concerning Member States' measures in the areas of asylum and immigration (OJ L 283 of 14 October 2006, p. 40);
  • Council Directive 2005/71/EC of 12 October 2005 on a specific procedure for admitting third-country nationals for the purposes of scientific research (OJ L 289 of 3 November 2005 p. 15);
  • Council Decision 2004/927/EC of 22 December 2004 providing for certain areas covered by Title IV of Part Three of the Treaty establishing the European Community to be governed by the procedure laid down in Article 251 of that Treaty (OJ L 396 of 31 December 2004 p. 45);
  • Council Directive 2004/114/EC of 13 December 2004 on the conditions of admission of third-country nationals for the purposes of studies, pupil exchange, unremunerated training or voluntary service (OJ L 375 of 23 December 2004 p. 12);
  • Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC (Text with EEA relevance) (OJ L 158 of 30 April 2004 p. 77);
  • Council Directive 2003/109/EC of 25 November 2003 concerning the status of third-country nationals who are long term residents (OJ L 16 of 23 of January 2004, p. 44);
  • Council Directive 2003/86/EC of 22 September 2003 on the right to family reunification (OJ L 251 of 03 of October 2003, p. 12);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 of 13 June 2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals (OJ L 157 of 15 June 2002, p. 1);

B. Other acts adopted before entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty (1st May 1999)

  • Joint principles for the exchange of data in CIREFI: Doc 9987/98 CIREFI 48;
  • Council Resolution 97/C 221/03 of 26 June 1997 on unaccompanied minors who are nationals of third countries (OJ C 221 of 19 July 1997, p. 23);
  • Joint action adopted by the Council on the basis of Article K.3.2.b of the Treaty on European Union concerning travel facilities for school pupils from third countries resident in a Member State (OJ L 327 of 19 December 1994, p. 1);
  • Council Resolution of 30 November 1994 relating to the limitations on the admission of third-country nationals to the territory of the Member States for the purpose of pursuing activities as self-employed persons (OJ C 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 7);
  • Council Conclusions of 30 November 1994 on the organization and development of the Centre for Information, Discussion and Exchange on the Crossing of Frontiers and Immigration (Cirefi) (OJ C 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 50) ;
  • Council Resolution of 20 June 1994 on limitation on admission of third-country nationals to the territory of the Member States for employment (OJ C 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 3).

FIGHT AGAINST ILLEGAL MIGRATION AND RETURN

A. Legislative acts adopted after entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty (1st May 1999)

  • Decision n° 575/2007/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 May 2007 establishing the European Return Fund for the period 2008 to 2013 as part of the General programme "Solidarity and Management of Migration Flows" (OJ L 144 of 6 June 2007, p. 45);
  • Council Decision 2005/267/EC of 16 March 2005 establishing a secure web-based Information and Coordination Network for Member States’ Migration Management Services (OJ L 83 of 1 April 2005, p. 48);
  • Commission Decision of 15 December 2005 laying down detailed rules for the implementation of Council Decision 2005/267/EC establishing a secure web-based Information and Co-ordination Network for Member States’ Migration Management Services (C(2005)5159);
  • Council Decision 2004/573/EC of 29 April 2004 on the organisation of joint flights for removals from the territory of two or more Member States, of third-country nationals who are subjects of individual removal orders (OJ 261 of 6 August 2004, p. 28);
  • Council Directive 2004/82/EC of 29 April 2004 on the obligation of carriers to communicate passenger data (OJ L 261 of 6 August 2004, p. 24);
  • Council Directive 2004/81/EC of 29 April 2004 on the residence permit issued to third-country nationals who are victims of trafficking in human beings or who have been the subject of an action to facilitate illegal immigration, who cooperate with the competent authorities (OJ L 261 of 6 August 2004, p.19);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 377/2004 of 19 February 2004 on the creation of an immigration liaison officers network (OJ L 64 of 2 of March 2004, p. 1);
  • Commission Decision 2005/687/EC of 29 September 2005 on the standard format for the report on the activities of immigration liaison officers networks and on the situation in the host country in matters relating to illegal immigration (notified under document number C (2005) 1508) (OJ L 264 of 8 of October 2005, p. 8);
  • Council Directive 2003/110/EC of 25 November 2003 on assistance in cases of transit for the purposes of removal by Air, (OJ L 321 of 06 of December 2003, p. 26);
  • Council Framework Decision 2002/496 of 28 November 2002 on the strengthening of the penal framework to prevent the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence (OJ L 328 of 5 December 2002, p. 1);
  • Council Directive 2002/90/EC of 28 November 2002 defining the facilitation of unauthorised entry, transit and residence (OJ L 328 of 5 December 2002, p. 4);
  • Council Directive 2001/51/EC of 28 June 2001 supplementing the provisions of Article 26 of the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 (OJ L 187 of 10 of July 2001, p. 45);
  • Council Directive 2001/40/EC of 28 May 2001 on the mutual recognition of decisions on the expulsion of third country nationals (OJ L 149 of 02 of June 2001, p. 34);
  • Council Decision 2004/191/EC of 23 February 2004 setting out the criteria and practical arrangements for the compensation of the financial imbalances resulting from the application of Directive 2001/40/EC on the mutual recognition of decisions on the expulsion of third-country nationals (OJ L 60 of 27 of February 2004, p. 55);

B. International Agreements

  • Council Decision 2007/341/EC of 19 April 2007 on the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on readmission, OJ L 129 of 17 May 2007, p. 38.
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Russian Federation on readmission, OJ L 129 of 17 May 2007, p. 40.
  • Council Decision 2006/619/EC of 24 July 2006 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Protocol to prevent, suppress and punish trafficking inpersons, especially women and children, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transational Organised Crime concerning the provisions of the Protocol, in so far as the provisions of the Protocol fall within the scope of Part III, Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community (OJ L 262 of 22 September 2006, p. 51);
  • Council Decision 2006/617/EC of 24 July 2006 on the conclusion, on behalf of the European Community, of the Protocol against the smuggling of migrants by land, sea and air, supplementing the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime concerning the provisions of the Protocol, in so far as the provisions of the Protocol fall within the scope of Part III, Title IV of the Treaty establishing the European Community (OJ L 262 of 22 September 2006, p. 34);
  • Council Decision 2005/809/EC of 7 November 2005 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Albania on the readmission of persons residing without authorization (OJ 304 of 23 November 2005, p.14);
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Albania on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 124 of 17 May 2005, p. 22);
  • Information relating to the entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and the Republic of Albania on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 96 of 5 April 2006, p. 9);
  • Council Decision 2005/372/EC of 3 March 2005 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 124 of 17 May 2005, p.41);
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 124 of 17 May 2005, p.43);
  • Information relating to the entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 138 of 1 June 2005, p. 17);
  • Council Decision 2004/424/EC of 21 April 2004 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 143 of 30 April 2004, p. 97) ;
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 143 of 30 April 2004, p. 99);
  • Information concerning the entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and the Macao Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 258 of 5 August 2004 p. 17);
  • Council Decision 2004/80/EC of 17 December 2003 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 17 of 24 of January 2004, p. 23);
  • Agreement between the European Community and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 17 of 24 of January 2004, p. 25);
  • Information on the entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on the readmission of persons residing without authorisation (OJ L 64 of 2of March 2004, p. 38).

C. Other acts adopted before entry into force of the Amsterdam Treaty (1st May 1999)

  • Mise à jour des clauses types de réadmission figurant dans les accords communautaires et dans les accords mixtes. Doc. 13409/99 MIGR 69;
  • Council Resolution of 4 December 1997 on measures to be adopted on the combating of marriages of convenience (OJ C 382 of 16 December 1997, p.1);
  • Council Decision 97/340/JHA of 26 May 1997 on the exchange of information concerning assistance for the voluntary repatriation of third-country nationals (OJ L 147 of 5 June 1997, p. 3);
  • Council Recommendation of 27 September 1996 on combating the illegal employment of third-country nationals (OJ C 304 of 14 October 1996, p. 1);
  • Council Conclusions of 4 March 1996 concerning readmission clauses for future mixed agreements: Documents 4272/96 ASIM 6 et 5457/96 ASIM 37;
  • Council Recommendation of 22 December 1995 on concerted action and cooperation in carrying out expulsion measures (OJ C 5 of 10 January 1996, p. 3);
  • Council Recommendation of 22 December 1995 on harmonizing means of combating illegal immigration and illegal employment and improving the relevant means of control (OJ C 5 of 10 January 1996, p. 1);
  • Council Recommendation of 24 July 1995 on the guiding principles to be followed in drawing up protocols on the implementation of readmission agreements (OJ C 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 25);
  • Council Recommendation of 30 November 1994 concerning the adoption of a standard travel document for the expulsion of third-country nationals (OJ C 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 18);
  • Council Recommendation of 30 November 1994 concerning a specimen bilateral readmission agreement between a Member State and a third country (OJ C 274 of 19 September 1996, p. 20);
  • Recommendation of the 1st June 1993 concerning checks on and expulsion of third country nationals residing or working without authorisation: Document WGI 1516;
  • Recommendation of 30 November 1992 regarding practices followed by Member States on expulsion: Document WGI 1266;
  • - Recommendation of the 30 November 1992 concerning transit for the purpose of expulsion: Document WGI 1266.

V. EU CITIZENSHIP

  • Council Decision 2007/252/EC of 19 April 2007 establishing for the period 2007-2013 the specific programme "Fundamental rights and citizenship" as part of the General programme "Fundamental Rights and Justice" (OJ L 110 of 27 April 2007, p. 33) .

A. Free Movement and Right of Residence

European Union Instruments and documents

  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 601/2005 of 18 April 2005 amending Annex I to Council Regulation (EC) No 866/2004 on a regime under Article 2 of Protocol No 10 to the Act of Accession (OJ L 99 of 19 April 2005, p. 10);
  • Regulation (EEC) No 1251/70 of the Commission of 29 June 1970 on the right of workers to remain in the territory of a Member State after having been employed in that State (OJ L 142 of 30 June 1970, p.24);
  • European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC of 29 April 2004 on the right of citizens of the Union and their family members to move and reside freely within the territory of the Member States, amending Regulation (EEC) No 1612/68 and repealing Directives 64/221/EEC, 68/360/EEC, 72/194/EEC, 73/148/EEC, 75/34/EEC, 75/35/EEC, 90/364/EEC, 90/365/EEC and 93/96/EEC (OJ L 158 of 30 April 2004, p. 77).

B. Electoral Rights

European Union Instruments and documents

  • Council Decision 76/787/ECSC, EEC, Euratom of 20 September 1976, relating to the Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage (OJ L 278 of 8 October 1976, p. 5);
  • Council Decision 2002/772 of 25 June 2002 and 23 September 2004 amending the Act concerning the election of the representatives of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage (OJ L 283 of 21 October 2002);
  • Council Directive 93/109/EC of 6 December 1993 laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in elections to the European Parliament for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals (OJ L 329 of 30 December 1993, p. 34);
  • Council Directive 94/80/EC of 19 December 1994 laying down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and stand as a candidate in municipal elections for citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals (OJ L 368 of 31 December 1994, p. 38).

C. Diplomatic and Consular Protection in non-EU countries

European Union Instruments and documents

  • Decision of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council of 18 December 1995 regarding protection for citizens of the European Union by diplomatic and consular representations (OJ L 314 of 28 December 1995, p. 73);
  • Decision of the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States (96/409/CSFP) meeting within the Council of 25 June 1996 on the establishment of an emergency travel document (OJ L 168 of 6 July 1996, p. 4).

VI. JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CIVIL MATTERS

A. Conventions to which accession is obligatory

a) Indicative list of conventions and instruments to which the new Member States must accede in accordance with the Act of Accession

  • Brussels Convention of 27 September 1968 on jurisdiction and the enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (consolidated version OJ C 27 of 26 January 1998, p. 34);
  • Luxembourg Protocol of 3 June 1971 on the interpretation by the Court of Justice of the Convention of 27 September 1968 (OJ C 27 of 26 January 1998, p. 1);
  • – Convention on the Accession of the Hellenic Republic to the Brussels Convention (OJ L 388 of 31 December 1982, p. 1);
  • – Convention on the Accession of the Kingdom of Spain and the Portuguese Republic to the Brussels Convention (OJ L 285 of 3 October 1989, p. 1);
  • – Convention on the Accession of the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the Brussels Convention (OJ C 15 of 15 January of 1997, p. 1);
  • Rome Convention of 19 June 1980 on the Law applicable to Contractual Obligations (OJ C 27 of 26 November 1998, p. 34);
  • 1st Protocol to the Convention on the Law applicable to Contractual Obligations on Interpretation by the Court of Justice of 19 December 1988 (OJ C 334 of 30 December 2005, p. 1);
  • 2nd Protocol to the Convention on the Law applicable to Contractual Obligations conferring the Court of Justice powers to interpret the 1980 Convention of 19 December 1988 (OJ C 334 of 30 December 2005, p. 1) ;
  • – Luxembourg Convention of 10 of April 1984 on the Accession of the Hellenic Republic to the Rome Convention of 1980 (OJ L 146 of 31 May 1984, p. 1);
  • – Funchal Convention of 18 May 1992 on the Accession of the Kingdom of Spain and the Portuguese Republic to the Rome Convention of 1980 (OJ L 333 of 18 November 1992, p. 1);
  • – Convention of 29 November 1996 on the Accession of the Republic of Austria, the Republic of Finland and the Kingdom of Sweden to the Rome Convention of 1980 (OJ C 15 of 15 January 1997, p.10).

b) Indicative list of agreements, conventions and protocols to which the new Member States must accede

  • The Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction .

B. Joint Actions, Joint Positions (Maastricht Treaty);

Instruments adopted under the TEC

  • Joint Action 96/668/CFSPof 22 November 1996 adopted by the Council on the basis of Articles J.3 and K.3 of the Treaty on European Union concerning measures protecting against the effects of the extra-territorial application of legislation adopted by a third country, and actions based thereon or resulting therefrom (OJ L 309 of 29 November 1996, p. 7);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 of 29 May 2000 on insolvency proceedings (OJ L 160 of 30 June 2000, p.1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 603/2005 of 12 April 2005 amending the lists of insolvency proceedings, winding-up proceedings and liquidators in Annexes A, B and C to Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings (OJ L 100 of 20 April, 2005, p 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 694/2006 of 27 April 2006 amending the lists of insolvency proceedings, winding-up proceedings and liquidators in Annexes A, B and C to Regulation (EC) No 1346/2000 on insolvency proceedings, (OJ L 121 of 6 May 2006, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000 (OJ L 338 of 23 December 2003, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 2116/2004 of 2 December 2004 amending Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) No 1347/2000, as regards treaties with the Holy See (OJ L 367 of 14 December 2004, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1348/2000 of 29 May 2000 on the service in the Member States of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 160 of 30 June 2000, p. 37) ;
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 012 of 16 January 2001, p.1);
  • – Corrigendum to Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 of 22 December 2000 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 307 of 24 November 2001, p. 28);
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1496/2002 of 21 August 2002 amending Annex I (the rules of jurisdiction referred to in Article 3(2) and Article 4(2)) and Annex II (the list of competent courts and authorities) to Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 225 of 22 August 2002, p. 13) ;
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1937/2004 of 9 November 2004 amending Annexes I, II, III and IV to Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 334 of 10 November 2004, p. 3);
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 2245/2004 of 27 December 2004 amending Annexes I, II, III and IV to Council Regulation (EC) No 44/2001 on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 381 of 28December 2004, p. 10);
  • Council Decision of 28 May 2001, 2001/470/EC, establishing a European Judicial Network in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 174 of 27June 2001, p. 25)
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 1206/2001 of 28 May 2001 on cooperation between the courts of the Member States in the taking of evidence in civil or commercial matters (OJ L 174 of 27 June 2001, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 743/2002 of 25 April 2002 establishing a general Community framework of activities to facilitate the implementation of judicial cooperation in civil matters (OJ L 115 of 1 May 2002 p. 1);
  • Council Decision 2003/93/EC of 19 December 2002 authorising the Member States, in the interest of the Community, to sign the 1996 Hague Convention on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition, enforcement and cooperation in respect of parental responsibility and measures for the protection of children (OJ L 048 of 21 February 2003, p. 1);
  • Council Directive 2003/8/EC of 27 January 2003 to improve access to justice in cross-border disputes by establishing minimum common rules relating to legal aid for such disputes (OJ L 026 of 31 January 2003, p. 41);
  • Commission Decision 2004/844/EC of 9 November 2004 establishing a form for legal aid applications under Council Directive 2003/8/EC to improve access to justice in cross-border disputes by establishing minimum common rules relating to legal aid for such disputes (OJ L 365 of 10 December 2004, p. 27);
  • Commission Decision 2005/630/EC of 26 August 2005 establishing a form for the transmission of legal aid applications under Council Directive 2003/8/EC (OJ L 225, 31 August 2005, p. 23);
  • Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004 relating to compensation to crime victims (OJ L 261, 6 August 2004, p.15);
  • Commission Decision 2006/337/EC of 19 April 2006 establishing standard forms for the transmission of applications and decisions pursuant to Council Directive 2004/80/EC relating to compensation to crime victims (OJ L 125 of 12 May 2006, p. 25);
  • Regulation (EC) No 805/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 21 April 2004 creating a European Enforcement Order for uncontested claims (OJ L 143 of 30 April 2004, p.15);
  • Commission Regulation (EC) No 1869/2005 of 16 November 2005 replacing the Annexes to Regulation (EC) N° 805/2004 of the European Parliament and of the Council creating a European Enforcement Order for uncontested claims (OJ L 300 of 17 November 2005, p. 6);
  • Council Decision 2006/325/EC of 27 April 2006 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 120 of 5 May 2006, p. 22);
  • Information concerning the date of entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 94 of 4 April 2007, p. 70);
  • Council Decision 2006/326/EC of 27 April 2006 concerning the conclusion of the Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on the service of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 120 of 5 May 2006, p. 23);
  • Information concerning the date of entry into force of the Agreement between the European Community and the Kingdom of Denmark on the service of judicial and extrajudicial documents in civil and commercial matters (OJ L 94 of 4 April 2007, p. 70);
  • Regulation (EC) establishing a European payment order procedure No 1896/2006 of 12 December 2006 (OJ L 399 of 30 December 2006, p.1).

C. Other European Union Instruments and documents

  • Programme of measures for implementation of the principle of mutual recognition of decisions in civil and commercial matters (OJ C 12 of 15 January 2001, p. 1);
  • Communication of the European Commission launching a European Day of Civil Justice (C(2003)1553 of 8 May 2003);
  • Information relating to courts and redress procedures pursuant to Article 68 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 of 27 November 2003 concerning jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and the matters of parental responsibility, repealing Regulation (EC) N° 1347/2000 (OJ C 40, 17 February 2005, p. 2);
  • Group of experts on the property consequences of marriage and other forms of union and on succession and wills in the European Union ("PRM-III/IV") (OJ C 51 of 1 March 2006, p. 3).

VII. JUDICIAL COOPERATION IN CRIMINAL MATTERS

A. Conventions to which accession is obligatory

a) Indicative list of conventions and instruments to which new Member States must accede in accordance with the Act of Accession

  • Convention of 10 March 1995 on Simplified Extradition Procedures between the Member States of the European Union (OJ C 78 of 30 March 1995 p. 2) ;
  • Convention drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union, of 27 September 1996 relating to Extradition between the Member States of the European Union (OJ C 313 of 23 October 1996, p. 12);
  • – Convention signed in Schengen on 19 June 1990 Implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 (CISA), Chapter III, Articles 54-58, Application of the ne bis in idem Principle (OJ L 239 of 22 September 2000, p. 19);
  • Council Decision 2003/169/JHA of 27 February 2003 determining which provisions of the 1995 Convention on simplified extradition procedure between the Member States of the European Union and of the 1996 Convention relating to extradition between the Member States of the European Union constitute developments of the Schengen acquis in accordance with the Agreement concerning the Republic of Iceland's and the Kingdom of Norway's association with the implementation, application and development of the Schengen acquis (OJ L 67 of 12 March 2003, p. 25);
  • Convention drawn up on the basis of Article K.3 of the Treaty on European Union on Driving Disqualifications (OJ C 216 of 10 July 1998, p. 1) ;
  • Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union (OJ C 197 of 12 July 2000, p. 3) ;
  • – Protocol of 16October 2001 to the Convention on mutual assistance in criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union (OJ C 326 of 21 November 2001, p.1) ;
  • Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the application of certain provisions of the Convention of 29 May 2000 on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union and the 2001 Protocol thereto (OJ L 26 of 29January 2004, p. 3) ;

b) Indicative list of agreements, conventions and protocols to which the new Member States must indirectly accede

  • European Convention on Extradition (Paris, 13 December 1957) ;
  • The first additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition (Strasbourg, 15 October 1975);
  • The second additional Protocol to the European Convention on Extradition (Strasbourg, 17 March 1978);
  • European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Strasbourg, 20 April 1959) ;
  • The first additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Strasbourg, 17 March 1978);
  • The second additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Strasbourg, 8 November 2001).

B. Joint Actions, Joint Positions (Maastricht Treaty);
Common Positions, Framework Decisions and Decisions (Amsterdam Treaty)
Instruments adopted under the TEC

  • Joint Action 96/277/JHA of 22 April 1996 concerning a framework for the exchange of liaison magistrates to improve judicial cooperation between the Member States of the European Union (OJ L 105 of 27 April 1996, p. 1);
  • Joint Action 96/443/JHA of 15 July 1996 concerning Action to Combat Racism and Xenophobia (OJ L 185 of 24 July 1996, p. 5);
  • Joint Action 98/427/JHA of 29 June 1998 on Good Practice in Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (OJ L 191 of 7 July 1998, p. 1);
  • Joint Action 98/428/JHA of 29 June 1998 on the creation of a European Judicial Network (EJN) (OJ L 191 of 7 July 1998, p.4);
  • Council Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA on increasing protection by criminal penalties and other sanctions against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro, (OJ L 140 of 14 June 2000, p. 1);
  • – Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA of 6 December 2001 amending Framework Decision 2000/383/JHA on increasing protection by criminal penalties and other sanctions against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro (OJ L 329 of 14 December 2001, p. 3);
  • Council Framework Decision of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings (OJ L82 of 22 March 2001, p. 1);
  • Council Framework Decision of 13 June 2002 on joint investigation teams (OJ L 162 of 20 June 2002, p. 1);
  • Council Framework Decision of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedures between Member States (OJ L 190 of 18 July 2002, p. 1) ;
  • Statements provided for in Article 31(2) of Council Framework Decision 2002/584/JHA of 13 June 2002 on the European arrest warrant and the surrender procedure between Member States (OJ L 246 of 29 September 2003, p. 1);
  • Council Decision of 12 February 2007 establishing for the period 2007 to 2013, as part of the General Programme on Fundamental Rights and Justice, the Specific Programme "Criminal Justice" (OJ L 58 of 24 February 2007, p. 13) ;
  • Council Decision of 12 February 2007 establishing for the period 2007 to 2013, as part of the General Programme on Security and Safeguarding Liberties, the Specific Programme "Prevention of and Fight against Crime" (OJ L 58 of 24 February 2007, p. 7) ;
  • Council Decision of 12 February 2007 establishing for the period 2007 to 2013, as part of the General Programme on Security and Safeguarding Liberties, the Specific Programme "Prevention, Preparedness and Consequence Management of Terrorism and other Security related risks" (OJ L 58 of 24 February 2007, p. 1) ;
  • Council decision (JHA) 187/2002 of 28 February 2002 setting up Eurojust with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime (OJ L 63 of 06 March 2002, p. 1) ;
  • Rules of procedure of Eurojust (OJ C 286 of 22 November 2002, p. 1);
  • Council Decision 2003/659/JHA of 18 June 2003 amending Decision 2002/187/JHA setting up Eurojust with a view to reinforcing the fight against serious crime (OJ L245 of 29 September 2003, p. 44) ;
  • Council Decision of 6 June 2003 2003/516/EC concerning the signature of the Agreements between the European Union and the United States of America on extradition and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters (OJ L 181 of 19 June 2003, p. 25);
  • Council Framework Decision 2003/577/JHA of 22 July 2003 on the execution in the European Union of orders freezing property or evidence (OJ L 196 of 2 August 2003, p. 45);
  • Council resolution of 29 April 2004 on security at European Council meetings and other comparable events
  • (OJ C 116 30 April 2004 p. 18);
  • Council Framework Decision (2005/214/JHA) of 24 February 2005 on the application of the principle of mutual recognition to financial penalties (OJ L 76 of 22 March 2005, p. 16);
  • Council Framework Decision (2005/212/JHA) of 24 February 2005 on Confiscation of Crime-Related Proceeds, Instrumentalities and Property (OJ L 68 of 15 March 2005, p 49);
  • Council Framework Decision 2005/667/JHA of 12 July 2005 to strengthen the criminal-law framework for the enforcement of the law against ship-source pollution (OJ L 255 of 30 September 2005, p. 164);
  • Council Decision 2005/876/JHA of 21 November 2005 on the exchange of information extracted from the criminal record (OJ L 322 of 9 December 2005, p. 33);
  • Council Decision of 27 June 2006 on the signing of the Agreement between the European Union and the Republic of Iceland and the Kingdom of Norway on the surrender procedure between the Member States of the European Union and Iceland and Norway (OJ L 292 of 21 October 2006, p. 1) and subsequent Agreement (OJ L 292 of 21 October 2006, p. 2).

C. Other European Union Instruments and documents

  • Council Resolution on increasing protection by penal sanctions against counterfeiting in connection with the introduction of the euro (OJ C 171 of 18 June 1999, p.1);
  • Programme of measures to implement the principle of mutual recognition of decisions in criminal matters (OJ C 12 of 15 January 2001, p. 10);
  • Council recommendation of 8 May 2003 on a model agreement for setting up a joint investigation team (JIT) (OJ C 121 of 23 May 2003, p. 1).

D. Other Conventions (accession desirable)

  • Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (Strasbourg, 21 March 1983);
  • – Additional Protocol to the Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons (Strasbourg, 18 December 1997).

VIII. HUMAN RIGHTS RELATED INSTRUMENTS

A. Conventions to which accession is obligatory

  • European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, 4 November 1950) as amended by Protocol No. 11 and its Protocol of 1952 ;
  • – Protocol N°4 of 1963 to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, 4 November 1950) and its Protocol of 1952;
  • – Protocol N°6 concerning the abolition of the death penalty of 1983;
  • UN Convention on the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination (New-York; 7 March 1966) ;
  • Council of Europe Convention on the protection of individuals with regard to automatic processing of personal data (Strasbourg, 28 January 1981) ;
  • European Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (Strasbourg, 26 November 1987) ;
  • UN Convention on the rights of the child (New-York, 20 November 1989).

B. Joint Actions, Joint Positions (Maastricht Treaty);

  • Common Positions, Framework Decisions and Decisions (Amsterdam Treaty)
  • Instruments adopted under the TEC
  • Council Decision of 17 October 2000 establishing a secretariat for the joint supervisory data-protection bodies set up by the Convention on the Establishment of a European Police Office (Europol Convention), the Convention on the Use of Information Technology for Customs Purposes and the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement on the gradual abolition of checks at the common borders (Schengen Convention) (OJ L 271 of 24 October 2000, p.1).

C. Other European Union Instruments and documents

  • Charter of fundamental rights of the European Union (OJ C 364 of 18 December 2000, p. 1);
  • Council Regulation (EC) No 168/2007 of 15 February 2007 establishing a European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (OJ L 53 of 22 February 2007, p. 1).

D. Other Conventions (accession desirable)

  • The following protocols to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (Rome, 4 November 1950) as amended by Protocol No. 11:
  • Protocol N°4 of 1963;
  • Protocol N°7 of 1984;
  • Protocol N°12 of 2000;
  • Protocol N°13 of 2002.

IX. OTHER

A. Conventions to which accession is obligatory

  • None

B. Joint Actions, Joint Positions (Maastricht Treaty);

  • Common Positions, Framework Decisions and Decisions (Amsterdam Treaty)
  • Instruments adopted under the TEC
  • Joint Action to institute a mechanism for the collective evaluation of the adoption, application and effective implementation by the candidate countries of the Acquis of the European Union in the field of justice and home affairs (OJ L 191 of 7 July 1998, p. 8);
  • Commission Decision, 2005/516/EC of 22 April 2005 establishing the European Security Research Advisory Board (OJ L 191 of 22 July 2005, p. 70).

C. Other European Union Instruments and documents

  • Action Plan of the Council and the Commission on how best to implement the provisions of the Treaty of Amsterdam on an area of freedom, security and justice - Text adopted by the Justice and Home Affairs Council of 3 December 1998 (OJ C 019 , 23 January 1999 p. 1);
  • The Hague Programme: strengthening freedom, security and justice in the European Union (OJ C 053 of 03 March 2005, p. 1);
  • Council and Commission Action Plan implementing the Hague Programme on strengthening freedom, security and justice in the European Union (OJ C 198 of 12 August 2005, p. 1);
  • Council Decision of 22 December 2004 providing for certain areas covered by Title IV of part Three of the Treaty establishing the European Community to be governed by the procedure laid down in Article 251 of that Treaty (OJ L 396 of 31 December 2004, p. 45);
  • Cooperation Agreement between The European Central Bank - ECB – and The International Criminal Police Organisation – INTERPOL (OJ C 134 of 12 May 2004 p. 6);Council – Information concerning the declarations by the French Republic and the Republic of Hungary on their acceptance of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice to give preliminary rulings on the acts referred to in Article 35 of the Treaty on European Union (OJ C 318 of 14 December 2005, p. 1);
  • Council – Information concerning the declarations by the French Republic and the Republic of Hungary on their acceptance of the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice to give preliminary rulings on the acts referred to in Article 35 of the Treaty on European Union (OJ L 327 of 14 December 2005, p. 19).