|Proposal||from Commission (COM (2004) 116, 18 Feb. 2004)|
||Article 62(2)(b) EC|
|Flexibility||UK attempted to opt in; Ireland opted out; Denmark can opt in as matter of international law|
||Coelho report (A6-0028/2004) adopted by committee, 25 Oct. 2004; plenary voted, 2 Dec. 2004|
|Council||discussions started at meeting of visa working party, 11-12 Mar. 2004; March 2004 European Council called for adoption by Dec. 2004; JHA Council/Mixed Committee, 8 June 2004 gave 'political guidance' on the proposal; JHA Council/Mixed Committee, 25/26 Oct. 2004 approved mandatory inclusion of fingerprints; adopted as 'A' point at General Affairs/External Relations Council, 13 Dec. 2004: Regulation 2252/2004
|Entry into force
||18 Jan. 2005 (Art. 6)|
|Court of Justice||the UK’s challenge to the validity of the decision to reject its application to opt in was unsuccessful (Case C-137/05, UK v Council, judgment of 18 Dec. 2007)|
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