|Proposal||Spanish initiative (Council doc. 8372/02; OJ 2002 C 139/6)|
|Background||revises the rules for issuing visas at the border (particularly to seamen) and establish a standard form for applications; previously proposed in the form of a Decision amending Annex XIV to the Common [Borders] Manual (Council doc. 5015/02, 7 Jan. 2002)|
|Schengen||builds on Schengen acquis|
|Flexibility||UK and Ireland opt out; Denmark has opted in as matter of international law (Council doc. 14588/03, 14 Nov. 2003)|
||Karamanou report adopted by committee (A5-0006/2003); plenary vote 11 Feb. 2003 (OJ 2004 C 43 E/36)|
|Council||political agreement on text at JHA Council/Mixed Committee, 19 Dec. 2002; adopted by JHA Council, 27/28 Feb. 2003 as 'A' point: Regulation 415/2003
|Entry into force||1 May 2003 (Art. 6)|
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