Documents:visas and law enforcement
The Council of the EU will continue its work on revised EU visa rules in September, when its Visa Working Party discusses a draft text put together by the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council.
- Presidency, 'Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the Union Code on Visas' (Visa Code) (recast) (11003/15, 24 July, pdf)
- Notice of meeting and provisional agenda: Visa Working Party, 2 and 3 September 2015 (pdf)
Meanwhile the Council is moving towards adopting a new legal basis for access by law enforcement agencies to the Visa Information System, which contains the personal details (including biometrics) of all visa-holders. This will meet the requirements of an April 2015 court judgment that required the drafting of a new legal text.
- Draft COUNCIL IMPLEMENTING DECISION fixing the date of effect of Decision 2008/633/JHA concerning access for consultation of the Visa Information System (VIS) by designated authorities of Member States and by Europol (10506/15, 10 July 2015, pdf)
- Judgment: European Court of Justice: Action for annulment of Council Decision 2013/392/EU (Case C-540/13, 16 April 2015, pdf)
- Law enforcement authorities to gain access to European visa database on 1 September (Statewatch News Online, July 2013)
- EU officials discuss interconnection of visa database and Schengen Information System (Statewatch News Online, July 2013)
- Collection of personal data for the EU's Visa Information System spreads further across the globe (Statewatch News Online, October 2012)
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