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Checks at external borders, Combatting terrorism, GAMM & Visa Code facilitation and readmission
17.1.16
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Draft Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Regulation No 562/2006 (EC) as regards the reinforcement of checks against relevant databases at external borders (LIMITE doc no: 5208-15, pdf)

"On entry and on exit, persons enjoying the right of free movement under Union law shall be subject to the following checks...

Use of advanced passenger data for border control purposes A delegation, supported by certain other delegations, proposed to include provisions on the use of advance passenger data, available pursuant to Council Directive 2004/82/EC on the obligation of
carriers to communicate passenger data, for the purpose of border control. The approach suggested would allow that certain checks could be carried out on the basis of such information received by the border control authorities in advance of the arrival to the border of the persons concerned, with the understanding that the result of the consultations would be verified at the border control..."

Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on combating terrorism and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/475/JHA on combating terrorism - Compilation of replies (LIMITE doc no: 5201-15, pdf) Detailed Member State positions:

"Further to the invitation of the Presidency for written contributions concerning the proposal for a Directive on combating terrorism, which was extended at the meeting of the Working Party on Substantive Criminal Law on 7 and 8 January 2016, delegations will find in the annexes to this note a compilation of the replies provided by the Member States..."

And: COR 1 (pdf): "Portugal also wants to express its discontent in relation to the working plan presented by the Presidency, which provide for seven (7) meetings on the negotiation of this draft proposal for the months of January and February of 2016, two of which in the Working Group DROIPEN and the remaining five (5) in the Friends of the Presidency format (Fop)." [emphasis in original]

High-Level Working Group on Asylum and Migration (LIMITE doc no: 13426-15, pdf) including: GAMM UPDATE (19 October 2015 - Annex 17 pages). "This document provides an updated overview of the main external migration dialogues and processes implemented in the framework of the EU Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (GAMM)."

Connection between the facilitations set out in the Visa Code and readmission (LIMITE doc no: 15507-15, pdf) Contains three options including:

"Introduction of a recital which states that visa facilitation with third countries - beyond the rules provided for in the Visa Code - is reserved only for nationals of third countries that have concluded a readmission agreement."

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