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1999 EU Council Decision on readmission clauses
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Readmission clauses in Community agreements or mixed agreements

The Council of the European Union has decided that the standard clauses set out below should be included in all future Community agreements and in agreements between the Community, its Member States, and third countries

ARTICLE A

The European Community andState X agree to cooperate in order to prevent and control illegal immigration. To this end:

- State X agrees to readmit any of its nationals illegally present on the territory of a Member State of the European Union, upon request by the latter and without further formalities;

- and each Member State of the European Union agrees to readmit any of its nationals, as defined for Community purposes, illegally present on the territory of State X, upon request by the latter and without further formalities.

The Member States of the European Union and State X will also provide their nationals with appropriate identity documents for such purposes.

ARTICLE B

The Parties agree to conclude upon request an agreement between State X and the European Community regulating the specific obligations for State X and the Member States of the European Community for readmission, including an obligation for the readmission of nationals of other countries and stateless persons.

ARTICLE C

Pending the conclusion of the agreement referred to in Article B, State X agrees to conclude, upon request of a Member State, bilateral agreements with individual Member States of the European Community regulating the specific obligations for readmission between State X and the Member State concerned, including an obligation for the readmission of nationals of other countries and stateless persons.

ARTICLE D

The Cooperation Council shall examine what other joint efforts can be made to prevent and control illegal immigration."

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