|Proposal||from Commission (COM (2002) 13, 21 Jan. 2002; OJ 2002 C 103 E/268)|
|Legal base||Articles 61(c) and 67 EC|
|Flexibility||Denmark has automatic opt-out; UK and Ireland opted in (Council docs. 8558/02 and 8560/02)|
||Santini report adopted by committee (A5-0312/2002), 12 Sep. 2002; plenary vote 25 Sep. 2002 (OJ 2003 C 273 E/184)|
|Council||13 June 2002 JHA Council took note of progress report and approved limit in scope to cross-border cases; JHA Council agreed 'general approach', 14/15 Oct. 2002; adopted as 'A' point by External Relations Council, 27 Jan. 2003: Directive 2003/8/EC
|Implementation date||30 Nov. 2004, but 30 May 2006 for Art. 3(2)(a) on pre-judicial assistance (Art. 21)|
|Implementation||Commission Decision on cross-border legal aid applications (OJ 2004 L 365/27): Decision 2004/844/EC; Commission Decision establishing a form for the transmission of legal aid applications under Council Directive 2003/8/EC: Decision 2005/630/EC (OJ 2005 L 225/23)
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