|Proposal||COM (2004) 718, 22 Oct. 2004|
|Legal base||Article 61(c) and 67(5) EC [Qualified majority in Council/EP co-decision]|
|Flexibility||Denmark has automatic opt-out; UK and Ireland have opted in|
|EP||McCarthy report adopted by committee 20 Mar. 2007 (A6-0074/2007); plenary vote in favour, 29 Mar. 2007; draft second-reading report approving Common Position adopted by committee and then by plenary, April 2008|
|Council||working group began discussions, Oct. 2004; JHA Council, 1-2 Dec. 2005, reached ‘common understanding’; political agreement at 8-9 Nov. 2007 JHA Council; 28 Feb. 2008 JHA Council adopted Common Position; Directive 2008/52/EC
|Deadline for application||21 May 2011 (Art. 12)|
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