|Proposal||from Commission (COM (1999) 638, 1 Dec. 1999; OJ 2000 C 116 E/66); amended following EP vote (COM (2000) 624, 10 Oct 2000; OJ 2001 C 62 E/99); amended again in May 2002 (COM (2002) 225, 3 May 2002; OJ 2002 C 203 E/136)|
|Legal base||Article 63(3)(a) EC|
|Background||replaces part of proposed Convention on migration (OJ 1997 C 337); would replace 1993 ministers' resolution on family reunion|
|Flexibility||UK and Ireland opted out; Denmark has automatic opt-out|
|EP committee||draft conservative Klamt report on 1999 version amended by committee and renamed 'Watson report' July 2000 (A5-0201/00); Cerdeira Morterero report on 2002 version adopted on 19 Mar. 2003 (A5-0086/2003)|
|EP plenary||vote with liberal amendments 6 Sep. 2000 (OJ 2001 C 135/174); vote on revised text 9 Apr. 2003|
|Economic and Social Committee||vote in favour with modest amendments, 24/25 May 2000; vote on amended text 17/18 July 2002 (OJ 2002 C 241/108)|
|Council||discussed at 2 Dec. 1999 and May 2000 JHA Councils; considerable opposition to key provisions; Council Strategic Committee decided that directive will only apply to some persons with over one-year residence permits; discussed at 28/29 May 2001 and 27/28 Sept JHA Councils without agreement; JHA Council of 16 Nov 2001 was due to examine issue again, but did not; European Council, 15/16 Dec. 2001 requested revised proposal by end April 2002; discussion resumed 8 July 2002 in working group; June 2002 Seville European Council set deadline to agree by June 2003; taken off agenda of JHA Council, 19 Dec. 2002; political agreement at JHA Council 27/28 Feb. 2003; adopted by Competitiveness Council, 22 Sep. 2003: Directive 2003/86
|Deadline for application||3 Oct. 2005 (Art. 20)|
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